Lou and Carol Butaud update

Update from Lou and Carol:

We hope to close on our Boerne home by April 24. And, on our new home in Boerne soon thereafter. Yes, Boerne. Health concerns, mostly related to Carol’s concerns about leaving her current medical team in the middle of her five year evaluation for lung cancer, have caused us to abandon our plan to move to Louisiana. We feel confident that this is the best option for us at this time. We are also currently evaluating if we are going to change from our current preferred mode of travel (RVing ) to more cruises and destination vacations by air and spending more time with children and grandchildren. Our RV could wind up somewhere near Lafayette, as a second home —– and, then again, maybe not. Another big decision ahead. Our new address will be 206 Branson Falls, Boerne, Tx 78006. Home phone will change, cells numbers will not.

Safe Travels, Lou and Carol

Amish Country Gathering

BERLIN, OHIO – JULY 8-15, 2018

Submitted by Irby and Judy Gamble

Well, folks it is getting closer and closer to our Amish Gathering. I talked to Scenic Hills yesterday and they tell me that 16 rigs have made reservations. They are holding 2 more sites for us and will hold them until May 8, all 50 amp. Please mention Travel Supremes and my name when making your reservation. After May 8, you might have trouble getting a site with the rest of us.

As most of you know, we go to Ohio’s beautiful Holmes County yearly and love it. Holmes County, Ohio is the largest settlement of Amish in the United States with a population of more than 40,000 Amish people. It is a beautiful area with many rolling hills and small farm agriculture.

The Gathering will begin July 8 and end July 15, 2018. We will be staying at Scenic Hills RV Park in Berlin, Ohio (their mailing address is Millersburg, Ohio 44654 and your GPS will take you directly to it, but it will take you through the back roads that are not great for pulling your rig. The RV Park is, actually, in the small town of Berlin and it would best best to put Berlin in your GPS and it will take you on better roads for RV’s. By going to the park website you can find all the information you will need to make your reservations and directions. Scenic Hills only accepts cash or checks and requires a $30.00 deposit that will be deducted from your total bill when you arrive. They must receive your $30.00 deposit no later than June 8, for them to hold your reservation.

This will be a very laid back gathering, as is true to the Amish lifestyle. We have lots and lots of information for everyone about things that we think you will love doing. Most of it will be more enjoyable in small groups, allowing all us to make our own plans. On the Saturday of our gathering (July 14) the Doughty Wise School Auction will be held. There will probably be over 1000 Amish people there auctioning off beautiful handcrafted furniture, quilts (my favorite), etc., along with lots of good fattening food and pastries. HALF-STITCHED THE MUSICAL is a first class play that will be performing July 11 and 12 in Sugarcreek and you can easily get tickets online. I have gone before and enjoyed it very much. We have gone to the Amish Country Theater (kind of a slapstick comedy and music) and we enjoyed it. A great way to spend the day is to just get in your vehicle and drive around the country side and see what you come across. Many of the Amish have stores and bakeries in their homes, produce and flower stands out side their homes and they are very interesting people to visit with. All this and much, much more is a close driving distance from our campground. We will have a list of things to do, along with brochures and driving distances for you when you get there.

Something else that some of you might be interested in is the Football Hall of Fame. It is in Canton, Ohio and that is only 44 miles from Scenic Hills.

There are two things that we plan to do as a group this year. One is to have dinner at the home of Naomi and Ray Yoder in Winesburg (Naomi is the daughter of our friends, Henry and Mary Yoder). We have sampled a few of Naomi’s dessert and I assure you that they are delicious. She cooks in her home for bus tours and other groups and caters Amish weddings. We think everyone will really enjoy this event. We, also, plan to eat as a group one night at Mrs. Yoder’s Restaurant in Mt. Hope. This is one of our favorite places to eat.

Last, but not least, don’t forget Millers Bakery and all the great Amish cooked family style restaurants such as Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, Boyd and Wurthmann, Der Dutchman and Berlin Homestead, for just a few. I must warn you though that these places offer very little low calorie food. Personally, I think that everyone attending should lose at least 15 lbs. before we go and eat our way back up.

Below is the list of persons that have reservations – I got this list from Scenic Hills yesterday:

Irby and Judy Gamble
Joe and Ardis Schenk
Bernie and Carol Lezell
Jim and Tina Hoover
Jerry and Jane Smith
Les and Ida Cook
John and Romola Laninga
Glen and Carol Richmond
Pete and Deb Horvath
Joe and Sue Kelly
Ron and Carol Page
Leo and Carolyn Fitzpatrick
David and DeAnn Phillips
Martha and Bill Bobo
James and Gail Smith
Dave Evans

We will be sending you, in the near future, our schedule for the week via email, along with the price for dinner at Naomi and RayYoders.

God’s Traveling Grace to all of you – Judy and Irby Gamble

Scenic Hills RV Park Information:

4483 Township Road 367
Millersburg, Ohio 44654



Wagon Master update

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

Business meeting 2018


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!

Lou and Carol Butaud update

From Lou Butaud

March, 2018

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.


Elkhart Gathering

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 (dphillipd@msn.com). Registration deadline is June 1, 2018.

elkhartHosts: David & Deanne Phillips