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:


Register for RVW October 7-12 National Convention in York, PA

york-logoStarting June 1 you can register for the 2014 RVing Women Convention. Convention fee is $180 for RVW members if you register by August 30. The campsite fees aren’t listed yet, but I’ll update as they are posted.

Sites will be available starting October 2. This year there are more than 250. Some have full hookups with 30-amp services, some water and electric and some set aside for boondocking. For boondockers, generator hours won’t be limited and honey wagon service is available in addition to three dumps sites.




Traverse City Film Festival schedule now available

I checked just now and was able to download the 31-page program.  You can go to their website to read it online (click top box on right that reads “Festival Guide: download here”), or click here to download the PDF (it’s 8 MB) onto your computer.

I plan to arrive August 1st and stay through Sunday morning.  While I’m anxious to get to Lake Superior, I am also wanting to enjoy being with Great Lakers and viewing as many of the films as possible.   Lots of great films just waiting for our viewing pleasure!  I’m a movie nut, especially independent and foreign films.  A couple of my favorites from this past year were Hedgehog (loved this movie) and Hugo (in 3D).

What a rally at the Niles Bluegrass Festival!

Ruth Robb sent this lovely article and photos about the June rally in Niles.  She also sent the article off to RVW Magazine so Great Lakers keep your eye out for the printed version in a few months.  This is from Ruth:

What a rally! The Bluegrass Festival in Niles, MI was the focus for the weekend, but much more went on. Thursday and Friday started with rain and cool temperatures, but Saturday morning greeted us with sunshine and warmer temps.

Thirty women gathered Thursday evening at the Riverfront Campground shelter for a welcome meal of sloppy joes, chips, coffee, cookies, and don’t forget the bread-and-butter pickles. It was an evening reuniting with friends and meeting new friends. The warm food on a chilly and rainy day put everyone in good spirits.

Friday the music went on in the rain. Some attended the festival while others hung out at the campground. The campground was wonderful with a pond in the center and the Dowagiac River along one side. Friday evening we had a great dinner at the Riverfront Cafe. The service and food was fantastic. There were reservations for 25 people and 32 showed. They quickly added seating and proceeded to serve everyone in one-and-a-half hours!

Saturday most of the women spent the day enjoying the many bluegrass bands. In the evening we had a potluck. Of course there was plenty of good food.

The send-off breakfast on Sunday morning was prepared by the hostess, Ruth Robb.  There was an egg casserole, juice, coffee, and pastries to get a good start to the day. Many stayed for the day to go kayaking. Seven kayaks launched, and fortunately, despite some rough waters, seven kayaks and wet kayakers later emerged.

For those who stayed for another night there was some reminiscing around the campfire that evening. Great Lakers have another fine, friend-filled, and fun RVing weekend to remember.

July 13-15 Great Lakers rally added

Skye King and Joy Bondy stepped up to the plate by organizing a July 13-15 Great Lakers rally.  The rally will be held at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Campground near Mt. Pleasant, MI, and the Soaring Eagle Casino.  Make your reservation through Skye (248-547-2545 or skyeroi at yahoo dot com) and not the campground.

Rates are $17-$19 a night for water and electric (30 or 50 amp).  One site only has 20 amps, but Skye says ” we will work it out as we get there.”  None have sewers, but there is a dump station.  There is a bathhouse with showers.  Plan to bring your bathing suit to enjoy the outdoor swimming pool (below), and if so inclined, take the “free” shuttle to the casino. Click here for a map and here for a brochure.

I found this interesting reading on their website about why the campground is known as The Hill.  Sounds wonderful:

The campground is affectionately known to local community members as “The Hill.” Memories of ancestors, loved ones, and years gone by are sheltered among the canopy of oaks, maples, white ash, and cottonwood trees that grace the landscape. Located on a no-outlet road, The Hill is generally a quiet and peaceful campground with a calming breeze and shaded sites to keep you comfortable. The Hill has long been a place for Tribal members to come and relax with friends.

Are you packed and ready for the Niles Bluegrass Festival ? ! so, may sure you’ve let Ruth Robb know you are coming.  See 2012 Events page for complete details, and click here for the 2012 schedule.

Yours truly, unfortunately, cannot make it.  Darn.  I’m swamped with the last of my condo renovations (real hardwood on both floors to replace decades-old carpet) plus one last intensive photography course (portfolio development).  I spent the last 4 days in Tobermory, Ontario, battling black flies (they won) while taking 700 digital photos of everything Great Lakes coastal: rare wildflowers, Flowerpot Island, boats, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay islands, ways, rocks, Tobermory marina, and more.  Much fun to be on and near the lakes that I love with three serious photography students and our terrific instructor, Bryce Denison, and his wife/photographer Linda Denison.  Lucky for them I was there to attract the black flies and most of them were spared.  My reward was to bring home many gorgeous images to put up (and offer for sale) on my forthcoming photography website and blog (currently in a “beta” version).

Meantime RV/Ecovision is patiently waiting for our first outing of the year.  Oh, and so is Henry Boy!  Looking forward to seeing Great Lakers at least at Interlochen on August 1st before I head to Lake Superior for the month.  Plus hopefully I’ll also be able to join you in July at the new outing planned by Skye and Joy for July 13-15 near Mt. Pleasant.  You have already been sent the email from Shirley and I’ll post details here soon.