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Letter from the Director....
Well if you didnít
make it to the Spring Samboree you missed a good one. The weather started
out a little rough Ė on Monday night the Staff that was here preparing to
set up spent about an hour in Reeves Arena waiting out the storm that went
through the area. It was raining so hard it was coming down sideways. Once
that storm went through the weather was great until Saturday night after all
the activities were complete. We had some more rain pretty much all through
the night making it a soggy get-away for everyone. The Fairgrounds was
empty of campers by 2:30 p.m. There was a great turn-out and I think
everyone had a lot of fun. Some of the statistics will be found in other
places in this newsletter.
A lot of Chapters are
working on the goal of at least one new member per Chapter per year so there
may be some growth in 2012. There is also the possibility of a new Chapter
by the Fall Samboree. Shannon and Pete Gonzales are working hard to get a
Chapter with young children camping as the main focus of the Chapter. If
you or someone you know has young children that want to camp and be a part
of a Chapter please contact me and I will put you in touch with Shannon and
The Fall Samboree is
just a few months down the road and we are working hard to make it a fun and
successful Samboree as well. We are working on booking the entertainment
and should have all of that in place within a few weeks.
We had 430 rigs
present with a lot of First Timers (98). Seating seems to still be an item
we will need to look at as far as the First Timers go. We would like to get
the First Timers seated with the Chapters they are camping with or thinking
about joining. If you have some strangers camped with your Chapter please
do the cordial thing and ask them to join your Chapter at Samgo,
Entertainment, and whatever games your Chapter may be playing. Our past
Director tried to save the first row of tables and the middle row of tables
once for anyone that wanted to sit there, however even then the two rows
went pretty much unused so I donít know what the answer might be to the
seating situation for First Timers.
We hope all of you
will again join us in September for Christmas in the South. We will be
collecting blankets again for Project Linus (and Joan Anderson will be doing
a class on making blankets). We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for
the United States Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program.
Have a Great Summer
and camp safely.
Rick and Louise