Archive for July, 2014

Mississippi Palisade St. Pk.- Savanna – Aug. 22-24th

Friday, July 25th, 2014


Six NIU couples attended the rally. Five “buddies”, including two Airstreams, attended.  Friday afternoon the weather was threatening. Saturday morning, during a thunderstorm, a large pine, high on the bluff high above the campsite, exploded, when hit by lightning.  It was an interesting failure analysis.  During the day, individual couples found a variety of local activities  to stay out of the rain.  The weather cleared in time for our pot luck dinner and Saturday night movie,” The Long Long Trailer”.   The sun came out Sunday morning and dried our awnings, so we could roll them up for our trips home.  It is a nice scenic state park with many places to visit within 20 miles.

The Sauk Valley Daily Gazette reported: June 30th,  three year old Amboy child  was electrocuted, when he touched his family’s Airstream.  Here is the link:  Click Here  Report of same incident on RV  Click here

This occurred at the boy’s home (not the fairground).  They are not members of the Northern Illinois Unit.  Further information has been added to this website’s Maintenance Page, on how to detect “Hot Skins” and protect yourselves against this kind of problem.

Shabbonna St. Pk. Rally – July 18th -20

Friday, July 11th, 2014


Nine NIU couples attended the rally.  The weather was great.  Shabonna DNR Website  link. Many members ate Friday dinner outdoors by the Lake Lodge. We enjoyed a “corn hole” bean bag contest that evening. Our new Region 5 President, Monte Barksdale, attended the rally. On Saturday, Some of us attended the Waterman Antique tractor and truck parade, and the mini-tractor pull. Link to the Waterman Festival  website:  click here   Members brought side dishes to the Saturday BYO Main Course dinner.  That evening, we had a campfire. Dave and Bob’s  pictures are in the photo gallery.

NIU June-July 2014 Newsletter link  on newsletter page.  

International – Gillette, WY – June 26 -July 4

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
The total count for Gillette was 349 units.  Peter Schwarz carried the Northern Illinois, by carrying our flag.  Three NIU couples and one guest {our daughter) attended the rally.  There were 21 – 23 units from Region 5.  Region 5 had a dinner at the MUFA CAFE and a 4th of July picnic at the Energy Bldg,  At the Region dinner, Monte Barksdale, our new Region 5 Pres. (dressed as Abe Lincoln), invited everyone to the Region Rally in September.  NIU arranged a luncheon at OLD CHICAGO.  Norma Stuart ably played the oboe for the WBCCI Orchestra.  Roy Stuart worked on the Property Committee.  Bob Koch was our delegate.  There was a Video Recording of the event and WBCCI.   Anita Koch was interviewed at the Flea Market, while selling her colorful round dishcloths.  The Country Line Dancers performed like “Flash Dancers” the night of the “Meet Your International Officers”.  We think our new International Pres., Joe Perryman, will be a good Pres., providing the club backs him up.  Next year’s International will be in Farmington, New Mexico. – Bob Koch