Fidalgo Island (Anacortes)
Let's be honest. The Pacific Northwest often has lousy weather. But, members of the Cascadia chapter of RVing Women bring their own sunshine with them wherever they go! It is to be expected that the end-of-the-season gathering in October might be on the chilly side, and that was the case in Fidalgo. But we were blessed with mostly blue skies and dry conditions for the entire action-packed weekend.
There were 55 women in 34 rigs who showed up for the weekend. Six came as guests, and five became new members.
Weekend Captains were Three Lindas and a Mary - Lindas James, Byrd, and Clark, and Mary Nebel (a Linda wannabee). "He There Girls" were Barbara Hatred and Doreen Thomas. Bandana Divas were Fran Patrick, Kay Gagnon, Shelly Donaldson, and Lisa Austin -- and a fine job they did!
Friday night's Thank You dinner honored all of the volunteers who have made this year such a success. Over 90 percent of the members have volunteered to serve as event captains or assistants this year. We have a phenomenal volunteerism rate, and Friday's dinner was prepared and served by members of the 2007 Cascadia Board to thank all the members for their contributions throughout the season.
Dinner was followed by table games that included Rummy Cube, Sequence, Mexican Train, and of course, Texas Hold'em.
The semi-annual business meeting was held on Saturday morning where members discussed and voted on the membership dues structure for 2008. An overwhelming majority voted to keep the chapter dues at only $5 per person for the coming year.
Additional fundraising ideas were also discussed such as the annual auction of goods and services which last year generated a little more than $1,800; holding a 50/50 raffle at each event; and selling DVD copies of Diane's multi-media show recapping Cascadia members' trip to the national convention in Lodi.
The business meeting culminated with election of officers for 2008. The chapter will be ably led by Doreen Thomas as President; Marne Parry as President-elect; Judy Polenske as Secretary; Kay Piehl as Treasurer; Pat Lebbert as Registrar; and Alice Burk as Event Coordinator. Cheryl Edman will serve as advisor to the board as Past President.
Incoming President Doreen convened a brief board meeting immediately following the general business meeting to announce the formation of new committees and the names of those who have agreed to serve on them.
Membership: Norma Dalla Santa, Lisa Austin, and Shelly Donaldson
Bylaws: co-chaired by Bonnie Blossom and Norma Dalla Santa
Chapter Rules: Linda James, Cathy Atkins, Shay Gumm
Nominating: Barbara Nelson
Scribe: Jo Schilling
Historian: Shay Gumm
Website: Laurie Alexander
Commander of Clothing: Lori Youngs
Following the meeting, members retreated to their rigs to transform themselves for the Halloween costume parade. Everyone voted, and prizes were awarded in the following categories: Scariest, Silliest, Sexiest, Corniest, Great But Doesn't Fit a Category, and Best Overall.
Another quick change of outfits, and we reconvened for the soup, salad, and bread dinner followed by games and frivolity. Diane
The 2008 officers held their first board meeting. (L-R) Alice Burk, Marne Parry, Cheryl Edman, Dorene Thomas, July Polenske and Kay Piehl.
Shay and Kay helped Anne McClure fix a water leak on her new rig.
The "Boobie Girls" Lisa Austin and Shelly Donaldson won best overall costume at Saturday's Halloween party.
Lynda Byrd and Cheryl Edman entertained the crowd with a song.
Linda Allmond and Carol Hoffman were voted sexiest couple.
replayed her multi-media show about Lodi, and also shared the presentation she prepared for a seminar on RVing at Renton Technical College.
Halloween Party Games included pumpkin bocce ball, pumpkin golf, penny toss into the pumpkin, pass the pretzel, Mummy wrap, and balloon stomp.
Sunday morning coffee was followed by new rig christening and farewell wishes until we meet again next March at the North Whidbey RV Park. It will be on Easter weekend, and I foresee an Easter Egg coloring party and hunt in our future!
Happy Trails and Safe Travels to all until we meet again!