Installation & Thanksgiving Rally Amboy, IL- Oct. 11 – 13

Our 2014 Northern Illinois Unit Officers2014 officers
We had perfect fall weekend weather.  Seventeen trailer/motorhomes parked at the Lee County 4H Fairgrounds.  On Saturday, two more member couples drove in to visit and share in the big turkey feast with all the trimmings.  Three new member couples attended.  Some people went to Franklin Grove for Friday dinner, while four couples barbecued Salmon on the covered patio.  We had a campfire after returning to the fairgrounds and  a sprinkle of rain about 4:oo in the morning, which made a nice sound on the aluminum trailer roofs.

Sun up, it was bright and brisk, but warmed up quickly.  Business meeting  was at 10:00.   Carol Dixon shared plans for our 50th anniversary celebration for May of next year.   Our Incoming President, Bob Whitesell, presented his plans for next year’s activities next year.  Dave Mayo, incoming 1st vice president, outlined his plans for 2015.   Jim Kraner volunteered to serve as 2nd vice president.  Rick Wendorf and Dwight Dixon agreed to serve as directors for the next two year.   The full slate of officers was elected.

 The installations ceremony was then conducted by Past President, Carol Dixon.  Brian McFarland was thanked for his two years service and given his past president’s flag.   After the ceremony, the kitchen crew, under Carol’s direction, sprang into action and prepared the three 20 pound turkeys for roasting in the Nescos.  Returning from  a short trip to Amboy,  people brought their “dishes to pass” to the main building and the feast began at 5:30.

After the dinner, some members played jokers, while others gathered around a second campfire.  Saturday evening was a little cool, dropping into the 40’s, so we all tested our furnaces.  Sunday was sunny and cool.  A few trailers left early,   We had a little worship service and then served the yummy leftovers from yesterday’s feast.   By 1:00,  the building was cleaned and most trailers were on the road again.

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