Cascadia RVW, Memorial Day Weekend - Write-up
Thirty nine rigs arrived at Harmony Lakeside RV Park, near Mossyrock, WA, bringing 62 women together for our Memorial Day weekend, typically our largest gathering of the season. Despite our best sun dance efforts, we were only partially successful, although none of the major activities got rained out. This was a weekend packed with educational opportunities, and an abundance of food, games, and laughter with old friends and new. The clubhouse was decked out in red, white and blue.
Friday evening we enjoyed an all salad potluck with an amazing array of flavors and ingredients. After we were all stuffed and dogs were walked, many people returned to the clubhouse for games and a sing-along with Myrna, Sally, and Candy. Some talented multi-taskers were able to do both at once and the place was rocking.
Saturday morning began with the Cascadia Book Club meeting. This month we read and had a lively and interesting discussion about The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. The book chosen for June is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was selected for July. After book club, nearly forty people gathered in the clubhouse to hear presentations by two of our members, Lynda and Cheryl. Lynda, a hospice nurse, talked about the importance, and walked us through the process, of selecting and delegating power of attorney for health care. She also gave us all food for thought regarding organ/body donations. Cheryl, a retired EMT, reviewed the latest recommended CPR technique (rapid compressions only) and demonstrated the correct use of our club-owned defibrillator which she brings with her to all of our events. We all had the opportunity to practice and perfect our skills on Annie 1 and Annie 2. We were urged to obtain a POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) from our doctors and post it in a prominent place on our refrigerators, both at home and in our rigs, as this is the first place the medics look for information in case of an emergency. We all left with much to think about.
Saturday afternoon over thirty dog and cat owners convened to hear Dr. Jenifer Preston, a veterinarian who practices holistic medicine for animals large and small. She talked about alternatives for treating, or preventing, all manner of conditions one might encounter while on the road with pets. She was followed by Wendy Carpenter who told us about Dancing Dog Farm and Rescue where rescued dogs are rehabbed and relocated to new homes. She brought a couple of four legged friends with her and one of them was adopted by two of our members. Dancing Dog Farm was our designated charity for this month. Cascadia Chapter has made it a practice to support some nonprofit organization which operates near each of our monthly rallies and our members have embraced this with enthusiasm and money.
The sun made an appearance in the afternoon and stuck around for our Saturday evening Picnic on the Green which turned out to be more of a block party. Everyone brought their picnic food to the area near our president’s rig. We commandeered one of the roads through the park, and had a fine dinner gathering. Later that evening we had a noisy, fun, and competitive Bunco tournament with fine prizes awarded to the winners as well as to Vicki who lost the most games (11 out of 12).
Sunday morning Sally and Myrna provided a sing along with a selection of Christian music. A sumptuous Sunday brunch followed in the clubhouse and once again we had an abundance of food to enjoy with good company. After the brunch, the veterans in Cascadia were thanked and honored for their service. We got to hear about when they served, with which branch of the military, and what their actual jobs were. They shared some very touching stories and spoke to how the military influenced the rest of their lives. It was obviously a proud and important time for each and every one of them.
In the afternoon, Lori and her dog Kira did a K9 nose work demonstration, a sample of the type of training sniffer dogs go through when learning how to sniff out drugs, explosives, etc., and a new detection sport for dogs. After the demonstration, others were invited to give it a try with their own dogs. It was a big hit. The annual Dog Show and Parade followed with prizes being awarded for just about any category Sally could dream up – everything from best trick to best tail.
The rest of the weekend was pretty casual, with people hanging out, playing games, visiting, and relaxing. It was another fine and fun outing. A big thank you to our weekend captains, Lynda and Linda for organizing the activities, and to the many who helped make it all happen.
Scribe, Cascadia RVW
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