Conroe, TX. September 23, 2016
Ida Cook, past President and host of the event, officially opened our General Business Meeting Rally on Friday, September 23, with a delicious catered dinner from Kountry Katfish in Montgomery, TX of fried chicken tenders, green beans and mashed potatoes. We were so thankful that Guy Cook and his family (Ida and Les’ son) owned a beautiful lake house on Lake Conroe nearby and they invited us to use it for our meals and meetings.
We had a total of 8 rigs present—James and Gail Smith, Jerry and Hessie Smith, Harold and Marilyn McEwen, Marie and Burnell Moreau, Polk and Linda Brian, Jim and Tina Hoover, Dave and Deanne Phillips and Paul and Tandy Krugler-as well as two couples who were not able to camp with us but joined us for the meeting and other festivities. Ida and Les Cook had mechanical difficulties, and opted to stay at Guy’s house. Bud and Rosalyn Odom were in between trips for cancer treatment in Houston and stopped by to see everyone. We were excited to see them! As usual, we had a Meet and Greet and enjoyed a full political discussion afterwards.
On Saturday morning, we had quite a treat when we visited the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary nearby. We had a great guide who educated us on Wolves, Wolf-Dogs, and Dogs and what the difference is between them. We saw about 10-12 wolves that were being housed there and even got to pet one of them named Tala! We followed that up with a lunch at The Big Sombrero (it is Texas after all). That evening we held our Annual General Business Meeting and installed our new officers for the year 2016-2017. Following that, we were again treated to a great catfish dinner at the Cook’s house, paid for by the Club. Those of you who didn’t attend must have forgotten that this is the FREE rally for the year! Another good reason to make the effort to attend!
On Sunday, we took time on our own to explore the area. Montgomery is the town where the original Texas Flag was designed and made (the Lone Star design) and it has lots of Texas history. There are many antique stores downtown as well as historic parks (Sam Houston’s cabin is still here.) Some attended church services nearby. We had brunch at Magnolia Grill. After a deluge of rain in the early afternoon, we gathered to go as a group to nearby Plantersville, TX and the Bernhardt Winery. The weather cleared and we were provided music from the 50’s and 60’s (Johnny and the Spinsations) as we enjoyed a picnic dinner, and tasted the wonderful wines they had to offer. Great evening!
On Monday, we started early to travel to Bellville, TX to visit the Newman Bakery, and the nearby Newman Castle (complete with moat). Mike Newman (owner) led us through a very interesting tour of the castle, which he built himself and finished in 2005. There was a catapult (which actually worked) and even a torture chamber! Quite unique! We drove back to camp past the bust of Stephen F. Austin, one of Texas’ major historical figures and namesake for Austin County. A happy hour prior to the election debate was enjoyed by all except the James Smiths, who took in an Astros baseball game nearby.
On Tuesday, we had lots of individual adventures, from shopping in the nearby outlet mall, to going to the movies. We finished off our rally by gathering around the campfire at Jerry and Hessie’s campsite and having a delicious cookout. It was planned by our new friend and hostess, TiSi. If you don’t know who she is, you will find out at the next rally you attend! Make it soon so you won’t be left out!