Ending this blog


campfireI’ve had a wonderful time serving the Great Lakers chapter of RVing Women with this blog, but after being inactive for awhile it’s time to shut it down. I’ll keep it up because it has Great Lakers’ history and photographs.

The Great Lakers chapter holds monthly rallies late spring to early fall. Great Lakers also meet monthly at a restaurant much of the winter.

You can contact RVing Women via http://www.rvingwomen.org or telephone headquarters in Arizona at (480) 671-6226 (western time).

Wishing Great Lakers and friends many happy times around the campfire!

Archiving this blog

tshirtlogoSelling my motorhome last November 2014 has led me to rarely update this site. For now I’m leaving it up because of some historical information. If a Great Lakers chapter member knows WordPress and wants to take over this site, just let me know. Otherwise it will just stay as is for the time being.

Karen V

If you got a Sindbad’s email it was a mistake

I got one, too. I have no idea how that happened and I see no evidence of foul play on our WordPress site. I went ahead and deleted some comments although I don’t think they were related to or created this problem.

If it happens again I’ll put in ticket asking WordPress to look into it. I’m also taking an advanced wordpress.org class right now and will ask the teacher tomorrow night.

Saying goodbye to our founder

Nancy Wurm passed away last week with visitation and funeral this week. Nancy founded our chapter, was president for many years and never stopped watching over all of us. Her red truck and travel trailer got her to many rallies and conventions sometimes with help from Joy, Skye and others. Her small sweet poodle Peaches was always near. At rallies on Sunday mornings Nancy would get out that large electric griddle to make pancakes and goodies for the whole lot of us.

She will be missed.

You can read her obituary and leave words of remembrance here. Donations can be made in her name to RVIng Women Open Road Program.


Highlights of RVW 2014 Convention & 2015 Rally Schedule

york-logoJust got email from Rene’ Gray and Pat Reader, Great Lakers Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, that the 2014 RVing Women Convention in Pennsylvania went very well.  Here are convention highlights from their email:

We are coming to you from Pennsylvania, post-Convention. The week was a fun one and our GL members did well in the competitions with Sandy Gauntlett and Patty Bubel winning the corn-hole tournament and Rene’ and I winning (as part of a 4 women team) the golf tournament-Rene’ also won the longest drive.  Additionally, our Ohio River/Greater Laker members were winners with Cindy Turvy taking home the big 50/50 in “Heads and Tails” prize and Joanne Grogan winning the pool tournament.  There were lots of great sessions and social activities.  If you’ve never been to an RVW Convention, your really should experience at least one.  Next up will be in Shawnee, OK from October 20 to 25th, 2015. Pencil it in!!!

Rene and Pat also shared the dates for 2015 Great Lakers’ rallies:

  • November thru May—we will have luncheons; TBD
  • June—12th-14th; Jonesville, MI at Wildwood. Host: Sandy
  • July—Mayville, MI for the Sunflower Festival. Date TBD. Hosts: Joy and Skye
  • August—13th-16th; Cedarville, MI. Loons Point RV Park. Hosts: Pat and Rene’
  • September—9th-13th; Scottsville, MI at Riverside (231-757-2429), Host: Mickie
  • If you would like to host a rally, let Rene and Pat know and they will put it on the calendar.

Here is image of the Convention’s ice cream social shared on the RVW Facebook page:


Change in June 2014 Great Lakers Rally

The new June 2014 Great Laker rally with be June 19-22 at Hell Creek Ranch and Campground in Hell, MI 48169 (10866 Cedar Lake Rd., 734-878-3632).  Joy writes: ”The Summer Solstice, Going to Hell Creek Ranch, So Get Your Hand Basket, Great Lakers Rally “. This is a private campground with a pool, fishing, and hiking and riding trails.  Rates are $30 with electric and water (30amp/20amp).  Possibilities are a Jiffy plant tour (Friday), show at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, and a Summer Solstice Salad potluck meal.  Website is down so check their Facebook page.  Hosts: Skye/Joy.  (Note that I’ll change the early post to reflect this new date and location.)

2014 Rallies


From Rene’ Gray and Pat Reader, Great Lakers Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

2014 Great Lakers Rally Schedule — See you around the campfire!

**See Event page above for more details**

May 29 – June 1 Niles Bluegrass Festival (Joint rally with ORV) Riverfront Campground Niles, Mi., rally info. is in Nov/Dec RVW Mag. Hosts: Shirley/Denise 269-687-9681.

June 19-22 Hell Creek Ranch and Campground, Hell, MI.  Hosts: Skye/Joy  (This is the revised information.)

July 15-20 Alpenfest Gaylord, Mi. Hosts: Tommie/Jackie. Rally info. is in Nov/Dec. RVW Mag.

August 10-12 Shipshewana (Cohost with ORV) ORV Hosts Judy Wise/Judy Burnham.

August 14-17 Cheeseburger Festival Caseville, Mi., This is a suggested rally, we still need rally hosts to make this happen.

September – No planned rally yet so if anyone is interested in a get together/rally for those not going to convention, plan away!  September is a great month for RVing.

October 2-12 RVW Convention at York Expo Center in York, Pa.. Talk around the campfire is a number of Great Lakers are excited that the convention is on the East Coast and are planning on attending.

Other suggestions for rallies: Canadian Rally on Lake Huron (talk to Shirley for Canadian hosts), Waterloo Recreation Area, Tawas Point State Park, Rifle River, and Betsie River.

IMPORTANT: If you haven’t filled out a Liability Waiver Form, please do so online or use the form from the magazine. This form permits you to participate in any RVW activities/events.