A Wagon Master Update has been posted in the Officers Page. You may access it by clicking here or just reading below:
“Aww – Spring! Winter is in our rear-view mirror and it’s time to plan our summer outings. As more and more people are purchasing RV’s, there are increasing difficulties finding available openings at RV parks – be it for overnight stays or longer durations. The difficulties intensify over the summer and holidays. The Traveling Supremes have a jam-packed summer schedule of Gatherings and Tag-Alongs. Spaces have been set aside at each of the parks where we plan to stay. But – these spaces are limited and availability will terminate about a month before the scheduled event. So, act now! Check out the “Future Rallies” section of TravelingSupremes.com for details on reservations. Make your reservation and join us in the summer fun.
Our summer will fly by and before we realize it, Fall will be upon us. In October, James and Gail Smith will be hosting our annual Traveling Supremes Business Meeting. This is an event that is important to attend as well as one that is always packed with things to do. And, of course, there’s always YUMMY FOOD!
We don’t yet have hosts for the 2018/19 New Year’s Rally. Suggestions for places and parks might include Stella Mare RV Resort, a new park in Galveston; Johnson Creek RV Resort in Ingram; The Vineyards at Fredericksburg RV Park in Fredericksburg; Judge Felix Poche Plantation RV Park in Convent, LA; Poche’s RV Park and Fish-N-Camp in Breaux Bridge, LA. These are only a few possibilities to stimulate ideas! In order for us to have this popular event, it is necessary for someone to step forward to host. No Volunteers = No New Year’s Rally. Call, text or email me and volunteer. The Club needs you!”
Deanne Phillips, VP and Wagon Master
From Gail Smith
The 2018 General Business Meeting and Rally will be held October 10-14, 2018 in Aledo, Texas (just west of Ft. worth). It will be hosted by James and Gail Smith. We will stay at the Cowtown RV Park, 7000 Interstate 20 East (exit 418), Aledo. They are holding spots for us until September 15. You may reserve by calling 817-441-7878 and ask for Janie. She is aware of details for us especially for those with larger rigs. She has a special section for 40-45 foot rigs. Our rally rate is $31 per night and includes rally room. We will forward itinerary and activity details later, but there should be lots of fun things to do in this area!
This is the week of the FMCA big rally in Perry, GA. Rumors has it there are some 2,700 coaches parked on the grounds! Fortunately, Les and Ida Cook are proudly representing our club at the rally. Parked with the Entegra owner’s group. Rumor has it the Phillips are there too!
From Lou Butaud
Just a note to let you know what’s going on in our life. Carol and I have decided that our current home with six acres to mow and 1,000 feet of fence line to trim and lots of oaks to maintain, fertilizing, and the constant things to maintain with a property like this one is just too much for us to handle any more. We also believe this home has peaked in value and we are in a “Sellers” market here and going to a “Buyers” market in Lafayette. So, we are putting the house on the market within the next ten days or so and when it sells we will move into our RV.
We have already completed our Stage 1 move to a Boerne storage unit – moved about 6,000 lbs of stuff. Will move about another 6,000 in Stage II. And, that’s after getting rid of about 5,000 lbs of “stuff”. We also looked at a retirement village here in Boerne, but after visiting, decided that was not for us. And, we looked at Garden homes in Boerne. But to duplicate a home like we can buy in Lafayette, it would cost us about $80,000 more in Boerne. Once this home sells and after we clean up some loose ends in Boerne, like MD appointments and such, we will move the RV to Lafayette and begin house hunting.
As a result our traveling days will be over until we can get resettled – and then, we will reconsider what we want to do going forward. Hopefully, we will be resettled by September. This has been a very difficult decision for us because we love this place. Wasn’t sure how Carol would react to all this when I first approached her with the idea, but she is probably more enthusiastic then I am. In fact, I sorta got cold feet a month ago but she squashed that idea. We will miss our friends in Boerne, but will be going to long time friends and family in and around Lafayette. We are pretty much exhausted from packing, sorting, “getting rid of stuff”, scheduling (and rescheduling) carpenters, painters and electricians, and all of the other jillion things that go with a move like this, but we feel we are over the first hill and now headed for the next one.
From Dave Phillips
Reservations are now open for the Elkhart, IN Gathering scheduled for July 16-22, 2018 (departure on the 22nd). Call the Elkhart Campground for reservations at 574-264-2914 (25608 County Rd 4, Elkhart, IN) and say you’re with the Traveling Supremes/Phillips group. Eight spaces have been set aside.
The weekly rate is $235 if you’d like to stay the entire week. Join us for a fun week in RV and Amish country. Please notify the Phillips when you make a reservation (email@example.com). Registration deadline is June 1, 2018.
Hosts: David & Deanne Phillips
Reported by Jim Hoover
Several of the Traveling Supremes attended the annual Quartzsite RV show January 20th through the 28th. Those attending were Jim &Tina Hoover, Ted & Susan Kercher, Paul and Tandy Krugler, Louis and Leona Keyser, Dwight and Marilyn Winborn, Joe and Ardis Schenk and guests Rick and Linda Wahl. We stayed in Black Rock RV park in an area known as Brenda about 12 miles east of Quartzsite. Brenda was not a town but consists of a small store and several RV parks in the middle of the desert. Pictured are several of the TS members on the first night planning to attend the show the next day.
The RV show draws thousands of people to the tiny town of Quartzsite so the traffic is congested and the crowds are large. However, Black Rock RV provided a free shuttle service over to the show that many of us used. The main area is a huge tent that housed vendors of all things RV related as well other unrelated vendors that usually show up at these events. Outside the tent there was a flea market where you could buy anything from an RV to food to RV supplies and even rocks. Yes rocks! These people are serious about rocks and gemstones. In fact there are often gem and mineral shows several times a year in this area.
Although we stayed in a park with full hookups away from the hustle and bustle of the event many campers choose to boondock in the desert on government land where they can stay for a small fee. In fact it is an annual tradition with many of these campers. Literally thousands and thousands of RVs are in the desert as far as the eye can see.
Since this was a tag along most of the things we did were not really planned but more spontaneous. As always though we found time to go out to eat together. The wait times were long at most restaurants but well worth the wait to enjoy some food and fellowship together. Shown here are Traveling Supremes at “Dos Amigos” and “Silly Al’s Pizza”.
From Gail Smith
We cannot thank all our friends and family enough for all the kind calls, texts, visits and prayers during James’ unexpected stay in Cardiac Care Unit in Ft Worth. A routine procedure to correct his atrial fibrillation resulted in emergency complications that were scary to say the least. After 6 days in CCU, we are heading home and will get continuing re-checks along the way. James is feeling fine and is anxious to get back to normal life asap.
Thanks again for your love and concern.