Region 3 Rally

5042 Dutch Oven Cooking On Saturday At Rally The Region 3 Rally was held in Fletcher, NC at the WNC Agricultural Center.  Over 130 rigs were at the rally.  Fletcher is a short drive  from Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Morning seminars were held as well as a short business meeting.  Afternoons and evenings were open for attendees5045 Bill Shay On Porch Of Log Pavillion, WNC Ag Center to see the sites in the area and participate in 2 hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Each morning a breakfast was provided by different Units at the Rally and Saturday evening a cook your own steak cookout was held, steaks courtesy of the rally and baked potatoes and salad courtesy of the Big 5043 Pat Shay Watching Dutch Oven Cooking On Saturday At RallyBend Unit.  The highlight of the Saturday dinner was Dutch Oven gobbler prepared by a number of members.

The Rally attendees participated in afternoon Happy Hours, giving everyone a chance to see old friends and meet new friends.  The Official activities were conducted on an informal basis that continued along the theme of a laid back, casual atmosphere.

Attendees for the Florida Spring Unit were Bill and Pat Shay and John and Barbara Miller.

May 08 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

2014 – 2015 Rally Schedule

It’s time to mark your calendar for an exciting 2014-15 Rally schedule.  Chris Cavanaugh has lined up a program that is the best we have had in a number of years.  A number of the venues gives us access to some great locations as well as musical entertainment at or near the RV Resorts. 

Spirit of Suwannee It all starts off with the Suwannee River Music Park and Campground near Live Oak, FL. The Spirit of the Suwannee hosts a variety of events throughout the year and  live music during the week in the Music Hall and natural amphitheater. Additionally there are hiking trails and opportunity for canoeing and kayaking.

Opry The Blue Parrot Campground in Lady Lake gives us access to the Orange Blossom Opry, 13939 SE Hwy 42 Weirsdale, a short drive away. Local and National big name entertainers play at his location.

In April we are going to Lake Manatee Sate Park near Bradenton.  The Tin Can Tourist held a recent rally here and everyone had a great time. Recent RV Park Review comments are:” Sites spacious, level and provided much privacy. Boating is permitted on the lake, there is a tiny beach and a nice sized park. It’s a perfect place for a little R&R” and “We loved this campground.  Every site is wooded and private. There are other campers nearby, but they are not right on top of your site. The site was clean, had a fire pit, a picnic table and had 2 posts for us to set up our hammock. The bathrooms and showers were very clean and the shower water warm. Lake Manatee is a 3 minute walk and is a pretty lake.”

The majority of the locations Chris has booked are new and there is something for everyone.

May 07 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments »


The January Rally will be held at Stone’s Ranch, 10850 NE 104th Street, Archer, FL.  The Rally dates are January 9 – 14, 2014.  Larry and Rosalie Stone need some help to finish setting up the camping area so you are invited to come on Wednesday.  If you intend to accept their invite please let them know.  They have arranged a “Dutch” treat dinner on Wednesday at the Mexican Restaurant in Archer.


Thursday night dinner will be at the Backyard BBQ in Newberry. If you like BBQ, this is a great place to eat.

The January issue of the Manatee will have the full Rally schedule. It will be posted on the website the week of December 25, 2013.

Sonja Meistrell and Sandy Hauner are hosting the Rally.  Everyone is reminded that there are planned campfires so bring your hot dogs to roast and marshmallows for S’mores.  They are looking forward to seeing many of our members at the Rally.

December 21 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments »



Plans are underway for the December Rally at Ocala North RV Park , 16905NW Hwy 225, Reddick, FL 32686.

Carl & Wendy Taylor and Bill Alsmeyer are putting together a Christmas Rally.

Stones' TrailerWhat we know so far is there will be a rig decorating contest with a “special” prize for best decoration.

On Friday Bill has arranged a tour of the Chi Institute. Friday evening after our potluck, the judging of the rig decorating contest will take place

Saturday afternoon we’ll be challenged by a variety of games including bean bag baseball, ladder golf, holey board, shuffle board and others.   White Elephant 2

Saturday evening we’ll enjoy a special Christmas dinner, followed by a “White” elephant gift exchange.

For the gamers in the group, the clubhouse will open each night for cards, joker or what ever suits your taste.

The campground Rally rate is $19/night with the rate good for 2 additional nights.
If you are Passport America the rate is $17.50/night  for pull-thru and $15.00/night for backin.

November 13 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments »