Mesa Rally-March 2015–Reported by Carol

46 great people gathered the week of March 16th to celebrate Chapter 44 at the Annual Mesa Rally, Usery Mountain Regional Park.

As always the week went by quickly.  It started with many arrivals on Sunday night.  An impromptu meal was shared by many.  Monday was registrations, meet and greet followed by Happy Hour and Host Dinner.  Campfire sing song followed, thanks to the musical talents of Ed.

Tuesday morning saw many participate in a workshop on phone Apps done by Becky.  Some learned the art of Kite flying thanks to Jerry.  Lunch included last night left overs!  The Baseball Game was won BY THE LADIES.  Thanks to Becky and Curtis for the group photo.   Tuesday evening pot luck was superb as always.   More camp fire and music before bed.

Wednesday the group made the annual trip to Organ Stop Pizza where we were joined by many more making our numbers swell to 70.  We were pleased to have Susi and Denny join us for lunch.    Ed led us in games in the afternoon and the evening saw a great presentation by our new friends Karen and Jack from Sky Med.  Great dinner followed hosted by Sky Med but Mother Nature showed us it can rain in the desert!  It poured down rain and the roof of the Ramada leaks badly!!!    A little damp and cold we were.

Thursday we had a good informative presentation by Ranger B on the Park and nature.   Hearty Munchies and Birthday Cake for John fed us well that evening.  Games followed for some.

Friday morning the guys outdid themselves with a great breakfast for the ladies.  The week was over and it was time to say goodbye again.

Attendance was 46 – half Canadians, half Yanks.  We had 14 visitors – all Escapees.   10 participants were “day timers” as they winter in Mesa.  Victor and Taree were our VCR’s and we also had Nathan and Cynthia who are VCR’s in training.

Hosts for the Rally were Ed and Julie, Don, Dottie and Carol.   We had fun and hope you did too.

Next year’s Rally is booked with the Park – March 13 to 19,  2016.  Mark your calendar and let us know if you can help out as we need Hosts as always.   Organ Stop Pizza is also booked for March 17th.

Quartzsite Happy Hour–2015

Each January the Escapee’s put on a Happy Hour in Quartzsite, AZ. It is held for 2 afternoons from 1 to 3pm. Happy Hour is usually time for drinks with your neighbors but here Happy Hour is about eating and visiting. There are several tables filed with a variety of food, it is supposed to be snack food but I am sure one could get a good meal. During this time in January many of the SKP’s Chapters and BOF’s hold rallies here so at Happy Hour there are huge numbers of people in attendance from all over the United States and Canada.

When we arrived the first people that we met were Mel and Ann. After chatting with them we moved on to see Roger and Liz. Next were Denny and Susie and then Mike and Barbara. There were so many people there it was difficult to see everyone. While checking out one of the food tables we ran into Don and then Roger. I know that we missed a bunch, heard that Bruce and Sue were there as well along with Steve and Lila.

We only went on Wednesday as we had other commitments on Thursday.

November Lunch and Mesa Rally

Message from Carol

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  A skiff of snow in Calgary arrived Christmas night so it really was not a white Christmas here.   2015 rapidly approaches and I hope it will bring health and good times to all of you.  I look forward to seeing you at upcoming Alberta Roamer events.

Several of us gathered back in November for a lunch organized by Henry and Eva at the Smittys restaurant on McLeod Trail in Calgary.  It was a cold day but John, Faye and Doug came from Lethbridge anyway.  Was great to see John and Judi again as well as Gerald and Arlene, and Henry and Eva.

Next event is of course the MESA RALLY March 16 – 20th at Usery Mountain Park.  We have some new folks attending as well as familiar faces.  While some events will be the traditional ones we also have some new things planned so hope all that are in the area will be able to attend – either as “days only” or “full timers”   It is not too late to register,  just send me an email at Chaper44RVClub@gmail.com.  You can also click on the link on this website.

I fly to Phoenix on January 12th to reconnect with my motorhome and look forward to seeing many old and new RV friends during winter 2015 in Arizona!

Dresses for Africa–Sent by Gerald

Wed. Oct 29, 2014
We brought dresses & shorts to Bridges of Hope in Lethbridge .They are so happy to receive them and have asked if more shorts for boys could be made.
In the picture left to right Gerald ,Arlene ,Daniel CEO of Bridges of Hope, John &Fay.
After delivering the shorts & dresses John,Fay & us spent the afternoon having lunch & visiting.
A Great Day

November Lunch–2014

Eva sent this to me to pass along.
No one came forward to do the luncheon, so I have scheduled one for the 19th (Wed)
at Smitty’s Restaurant 9640 Macleod Tr. S.  It is located between the WalMart and Rona
on the North East corner of Macleod Tr and Southland Dr.
 I realize it should be a week earlier, but Henry and I are very involved with the Legion
Poppy Fund and will be picking up cans, etc from some of the schools and stores in our area
on the 12th and 13th.
Sorry this is so late, but hope you can get it out.
They have a separate room in the back which holds 25 so think that should be ok for this one.

Mesa Rally—March 2015

Carol has asked that I put the information for the Mesa Rally on our Blog as more people may see it here than on the website. March is not that far away.

    ALBERTA  ROAMERS  CHAPTER 44

c/o  Carol Davis, Treasurer and Registrar

Email:  chapter44RVClub@gmail.com

Why not join us for our annual southern Rally just following Escapade in Tucson

Annual Mesa Rally

March 16 to 20, 2015

Usury Regional Mountain Park 3939 Usery Pass Road, Mesa, AZ 85207

Please register in advance so we know how many folks to expect.

Dry camping at our Group site but the regular campground is right next door and they have hookups.  Washrooms with showers are in the group site.

We are a friendly group who enjoy gathering with fellow RVers.  Lots of food, fellowship, campfires, field trips and guest speakers.

Come join us in this pretty park which is very close to all the amenities of Mesa but out in the lovely desert setting.

Just send an email to the above address and we will give you all the other details