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oldman silouette     
    The
Granite Staters      November 2006
                      Newsletter
Bill Elkins, President                                    Bill and Kitty Ellsworth, Editors

FROM THE PRESIDENT……Bill Elkins

Where has the summer gone?? A good time was had by all who attended the Annual Sandwich Rally the Hosts did a great job in choosing the entertainment and the food vendor. You had to be there to appreciate it. The business meeting went well and details are in the Minutes of the meeting. The membership agreed to combine the newsletter for Sandwich and Danforth Bay to help cut costs and also have time to get the details for January Dinner finalized. That being said, the Danforth Bay Rally was another success, the Hosts did an outstanding job in keeping things organized and on track, as did the auctioneers Glenn and Fred at the Brown Bag Auction. Many thanks to Bobbie and Glenn McCracken for hosting the Saturday afternoon Social at their home, I know everyone enjoyed their hospitality.

Carol and I extend our thanks and appreciation to Glenn & Bobbie for letting us stay at their home during the Rally. Due to some health issues I could not drive our coach or stay at the Campground and my thanks to Linda Porazzo for being my voice at the rally for the same reasons.

Looking forward to seeing those who are here and able to attend the January Dinner.
                                     - Bill Elkins



November 2006
From The Membership Chairpersons

It was great to see many friends at the Sandwich and Danforth Bay Rallies! Bobbie and I had a great time visiting with everyone and really enjoyed the entertainment at the Sandwich rally. Our thanks go out to Linda Porazzo and Bill & Peg McShea, with kudos to Ed Carpenter as well for a great rally. We had a little rain Friday and some Sunday but Saturday in Freedom at Danforth Bay was excellent. Many thanks to our hosts, the Percy’s and the Rhine’s for a great rally as well.

AS OF THE SEPTEMBER MEETING AT SANDWICH DUES IS NOW $15 PER YEAR OR $ 65 FOR FIVE YEARS.

DON WELCH HAS OFFERED TO DRIVE COACHES FOR MEMBERS WHO CANNOT DRIVE BECAUSE OF SUDDEN ILLNESS. PLEASE CONTACT HIM IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

…. Bobbie & Glenn McCracken



Fryeburg rally next year… Some folks had a question regarding bringing a tent along for the grandkids. Fair official said it would be ok as long as tent was on your site. More info to come later. The McCracken’s


Security Update for Sussex
from Bob & Marilyn
Marilyn & I are now in a warmer climate after attending the meeting at The Sussex County Fairgrounds.

We learned that to perform all the duties expected from us we will need 84 people or perhaps work more than four hours each. At present our sign up sheet has 60 people. Please talk to your friends for help. Call us at 603 767 8051 or 813 7872 4767.

All volunteers will get preferred parking, electric and possibly water hookups, and perhaps a wine and cheese party for Tuesday.

Now for the nitty gritty; we are needed for duty Monday AM July 9. All Sunday arrivals will be parked together. Everyone else will get pot luck but in the volunteer area with benefits.

The next planning meeting will be in Sussex on May 31, June 1 and 2. We expect to be able to attend. Any suggestions for enhancing our performance will be appreciated.

Bob & Marilyn Maribobs@aol.com



A Note of Thanks
from Nancy Mc Donough
I would like to thank the Granite Staters for their generous donations for my 5 mile walk for breast cancer. My Moultonboro Women's Club raised $6,800. I cannot begin to tell you how I felt when president Fred spoke up and said that I was walking. People came up and told about their own experiences about friends and loved ones. Thanks again, looking forward to next year



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  2007 Rally Schedule  
  
 
WAGON MASTER

   Wish to thank everyone who hosted a rally this year. Without you folks there would be no “Granite Staters”

    Special thanks to my co-hosts at Sandwich for many years, Bill & Peg McShea who are now taking on a new venture, “National Director”. I know Peg will do a great job without a doubt!

   The agenda for 2007 is not complete. We still need hosts for April, June and October. Hopkinton Fairground will have new hosts next year and Sandwich Fairground will have new co-hosts, as well as Fryburg and Seven Maples. Come on people don’t be shy step up to the plate and have fun. Remember two couples camp free if you host a rally. We can also add a “spur of the moment” rally if you find somewhere good to camp at.

   Would also like to get some feed back from the Sandwich Rally, like did you enjoy the movies??? We still need to squeeze in the birthday cake and our meeting but need to know what you want, as this is “Your Birthday rally” and we only try to put it all together. We have already booked Gilligan’s Restaurant again for next year, as they were superlative! Also as we say in the movie business now playing will be “Entertainer Art Harriman” from Big Bear Lake, California . And special thanks to Sue Goulet who won the “Sandwich academy award”. So send me an e-mail with your thoughts.

    Happy Trails” Linda Porazzo, Wagon Master 781-826-5563 Cell 617-851-3798 LRPorazzo@gis.net



BOB’S CORNER
Here we are in the month of September. It seems as if the summer has gone and left us all by the wayside. We just came home from a great rally at the Sandwich Fairgrounds this past weekend. We had such a good time, several of us stayed over until Monday.

There is a great schedule of campouts planned for the 2007 season, so make sure you attend as many of them as possible and support the hosts that put on these outings.

TABS – TABS - TABS
There was a real great showing from the aluminum tab collectors this past weekend. The estimated number of tabs collected was in the neighborhood of 100,000 tabs. We will continue to collect the tabs through the Salisbury rally in October. You folks have been doing a fine job over the years and I hope we will continue to keep up the good work. I know the kids at the Shriners Hospital and the Shriners appreciate the tabs that you have collected.

JOKE OF THE MONTH
The Bathtub Test During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

“Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”




Chapter News and Notes

Upcoming events
January Dinner January 14.
Pre-rally before the SEA rally, early February.
The Southeast Area (SEA) Rally, February 5 - 11.
The "Granite Gators" Florida rally in March.
Check the Rally Schedule page for details for these and other rallies.

Webmaster's Notes
1. As many of you know, last summer I sold my house in Hinsdale and am now full-timing. My address change is correct in the membership list; however, the phone number is not. It is 603 762-0172, my cell phone. Right now, I am back in Florida with my mail being forwarded to the Ellenton post office.
2. There was a lot of chapter information in the November Newsletter and we all need to be thankful that Bill and Kitty are doing such a fantastic job. The new procedures seem to be working well.
3. Because of the amount of information in the Newsletter, I have broken some of it out into separate pages. As usual, you will find the rally schedule with details and reports in the rally schedule page. The reports for the Sandwich and Danforth Bay rallies are in the 2006 rally schedule. Annual meeting minutes are in a new page and a link to them is on the site's home page.

Automated External Defibrillator Fund

At the Annual Meeting in September at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, a presentation was made by Dick White regarding the Automated External Defibrillator for the Granite Staters. At this meeting it was voted to establish a fund to which members could make contributions to enable the chapter to have their own defibrillator available for all Chapter activities.

We have had ten contributions which so far have totaled $1,125.00 and several pledges for additional funds. Research is still being done to get the best possible unit for our needs. Any money collected over the initial cost of the defibrillator will be kept in the separate fund to buy additional batteries and supplies as needed.

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make your checks payable to the Granite Staters and indicate on the memo line that the money is for the AED. Please send your checks to Dick White, PO Box 370, Sanbornville, NH 03872.

We want to thank those who have already contributed and hope we can look forward to additional contributions so the AED can be ready for the first rally in the spring of 2007.

Green Split Peas Recipe of Eris M. Tirrell
16 oz. pkg. Jack Rabbit green split peas*
3 qts. water (I use chicken broth)
1 small ham shank
1 large onion, chopped
(2 Tbs. instant chicken bouillon; I don’t use this)
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. oregano leaves
¼ to ½ tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf
1 ½ thinly sliced carrots
1 cup chopped celery

In a large deep pot, combine peas, (water), chicken broth, ham shank, onion, and seasonings. Simmer uncovered 1 ½ hours. Remove ham shank, trim meat off bone, and return meat to pot. Stir in carrots and celery. Simmer uncovered an additional 2- 2 ½ hours until soup reaches desired thickness.
Makes 6 or more servings.
*I soak my peas about 1 hour, and then drain. I use just chicken broth.


Don't forget our old lawn chair slogan, GRANITE STATERS ALL THE WAY!!! Bob Smith



oldman silouette     
    The
Granite Staters      August 2006
                      Newsletter
Fred Rhine, President                                    Bill and Kitty Ellsworth, Editors

FROM THE PRESIDENT……Fred Rhine

As I'm writing this report I'm reminded that summer is finally giving us temperatures in the high 90 degree range.

Let me remind all members about the September rally at Sandwich and the Danforth Bay rally at the end of September. At the Sandwich rally we will be holding our second meeting of the year and the election of members to be officers of the club.

As many of you already know I am not running for the President of the Granite Staters next year. At this time I would like to thank the membership for the support you have given us over the last two years. It's my hope you will give support to our new President and his officers for the upcoming year, they will need your help with rallies so please volunteer to host rallies and or assist a host.

I will not be attending the Sandwich rally. I will be attending my 50th Class Reunion the same weekend in Pennsylvania.

In closing let Nancy and I say thank you, we will not be going away and will still host rallies as needed.

Happy Trails,
                                     Fred Rhine


FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT…Bill Elkins

How the time flies, we are one month away from our Annual Meeting at the Sandwich Rally. By now you should have received a draft copy of the revised By-Laws. President Rhine appointed a Committee with me as Chairman, at last years Sandwich Rally and hopefully we have completed the task to every ones satisfaction. This revision was asked for by FMCA as the Chapter By Laws had not been revised for a number of years and had to be brought up to date, following FMCA guidelines.

The Committee sent our original draft to FMCA and several revised drafts (incorporating their recommendations after their review of the first draft). The draft that you have meets and includes all their requirements/recommendations. If you would like to add or change something that you feel is appropriate we can present any items to FMCA. A more practical approach would be to accept the draft as presented and send any additional proposed changes for approval and if accepted by FMCA they would be voted on at a future meeting. In any case you as members are in control, the Committee has only tried to complete the task that was given us last year. Please feel free to email any questions or concerns to me welkinsPmetrocast.net or write them down and present them to the committee at the Sandwich Rally prior to the Business meeting.

I express my thanks to the rest of the Committee who without their help this project would have been a tough one to complete, this has truly been a joint effort: Bill McShea, who has done all the typing for this project, and has sent everything to FMCA for the Committee and Marilyn Smith, Dick White and Evelyn Merrill, who have put their time and effort into this project by suggesting improvements changes and reviewing all the drafts.

Thanks to our Editor Bill Ellsworth, who was able to get the draft to you, so that you have at least 30 days to review before our Annual Meeting.

Happy Motoring, see you at Sandwich

Bill Elkins, Vice President/ Chairman By laws Committee



WAGON MASTER

   Sandwich - Sneak preview We will be having Hypnotist "Tommy Vee" for Saturday night entertainment. Also we had a "Wacky Hat contest, so we will now go from head to toe. This time we will have a "Slipper parade" so get out or go find your craziest slippers. A very good Country Buffet will be served Saturday night.

   Danforth Bay - September 29th, 30th and October 1st Applications close August 12th. Form in last newsletter

   Hopkinton in May 2007 Since we got rained out big time at Hopkinton it will be carried over to 2007. If anyone would like to Host that rally let me know.

   October Rally 2006 - see Rally Notice in next column.

   Octoberfest Invitation - Since a lot of our members are members of the Good Sam group "The Wheelers" we have been invited to join them again in their Octoberfest at Branchbrook Campground in Campton, N. H. It is a good weekend and they are having a Pig Roast (Turkey for those that don't eat pork) and a lot of activities. You can contact me or Jim Belanger if interested. The date is October 6th - 9th.

   Any persons hosting a rally should know that the other club members greatly appreciate it, and are always there to help. Up to two couples get to camp free for the weekend for hosting. It is a lot of fun and you get to really know other members and will always get help from people who hosted before plus other club members just always pitch in. Come on folks you can't expect the same people to do it over and over again. Give it a try.

   Would like to have camping weekends for 2007 posted at the Sandwich Rally, so come on folks try hosting a weekend. May and August have now been arranged.

"Happy Trails" Linda Porazzo, Wagon Master
   781-826-5563 Cell 617-851-3798
   Lporazzo@qis.net

 
From The Membership Chairpersons

It was great to see many friends at the Cascade Rally! The weather was as nice as it could be, and Bobbie and I had a great time visiting with everyone. Many thanks to our hosts Steve Davis and Betty & Tom Robicheau for an excellent rally. We hope to see you at Sandwich.

Here are the new members who have joined us since the last newsletter:
   Freddie & BJ Marshall, Hampton Falls NH
   Alan & Jean Bumstead, Windham NH
   Richard & Pamela Perrotti, Wakefield NH

Bobbie & Glenn McCracken


Rally Notice
We will be holding and informal rally at Salisbury Beach State Park on October 13, 14 and 15. Make your own reservation for Streets D & E, Sites 1-27 by calling 978-462-4481.

Note, there is only 20 amp service and the water may already be turned off, so bring your own.


From the Newsletter Editors

We'd like to remind everyone that all newsletter submissions are due in to us each month by the 10th. This gives us plenty of time to pull them together and get the newsletter out to the publisher to be mailed each month by the 15th. Submissions are best received via email bill.ellsworth@qmail.com or by snail mail.

...Bill & Kitty Ellsworth


**** Business Meeting Notice ****

There will be a business meeting at the Sandwich rally in September. The updated By Laws will be discussed and next year's nominated officers will be voted on.


2006 Rally Schedule
 


Security Security Security Security

Our membership voted to do security and day gate at the NEAR rally as Sussex County fairgrounds July 11-14, 2007. I have a list which we started at Forest Lake. Please do not hesitate to fill it up. Ester Rogers (2nd Vice President NEA) has asked Bill Elkins and I to chair the programs again this year and Fred Rhine has offered to assist. We will be attending a planning meeting at the end of September after which we will have the details of requirements.

Don't forget out old lawn chair slogan, GRANITE STATERS ALL THE WAY!!!

Bob Smith, maribobs@aol.com, 603 767-8051


oldman silouette     
    The
Granite Staters      July 2006
                      Newsletter
Fred Rhine, President                                    Bill and Kitty Ellsworth, Editors

FROM THE PRESIDENT……Fred Rhine

As I sit at home I'm reminded that summer finally has arrived. The temperatures are in the low 90 degree range with high humidity.

At the rally at Lake Forest we had some rain. I think a good time was had by all. I would like to thank the Me Donough's and the O'Neill's for hosting the rally and cooking breakfast on Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning we held a general meeting, please refer to the minutes printed in the newsletter for action taken at the meeting.

As we prepare for next year we are looking at some new locations for rallies, we hope to have our schedule in place by the Sandwich rally, let me remind all of our members that we still need help hosting rallies, if you feel you can help us contact Linda Porazzo @ 781-826-5563. As many of you already know Joyce Sandstrom had to give up the position as our Sunshine Committee. I'm happy to inform our membership that Sandy Percy has volunteered to accept the position. Her telephone # is 603-528-6821.

We look forward to seeing many of you this summer and into the fall.

Happy Trails,
                                     Fred Rhine


FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT…Bill Elkins

I'm happy to hear the membership has voted to do Security and Day Gate for the 2007 NEAR Rally in New Jersey, (they are having a meeting at the Fairgrounds in Augusta NJ. this Sept. 28, 29 and 30th) which I am planning to attend. We will be circulating the volunteer sign-up sheets at our upcoming Rallies. Carol and I will not be at the Wells Beach rally, as we had already made plans for a trip for that time frame, and will be gone several weeks.

We are getting the 2007 Granite Staters rallies booked. I know May, August and I think one other has already been booked. The NEAR rally is in July. It will be nice to have all next years rallies booked by our Sandwich Rally this year. I want to thank those who have stepped up and are looking at some new Campgrounds for the Rallies and who are willing to be hosts.

Carol and I want to thank the Granite Staters who sponsored our team for the 2006 Rock N' Race fund raiser for the Payson Center for Cancer Treatment. Your support helped our team raise over $4,800.00 and make Carol the #4 individual fund raiser for the event. There were over 4,000 participants this year.

Hope to see you at Cascade Park
                          Bill Elkins



March 2006 – From The Membership Chairpersons
Not much news to report from the North Country except that we’ve had about 3 weeks of cold weather. We anxiously await the coming of spring so we can go camping again. We had a great time in January at the get together in Concord. Since then Bill Ellsworth has been working on improving the membership software program and he and Kitty came up a couple of weeks ago to install the new program on our computer. Many thanks to Bill for taking the time to do this.

Here are the new members who have joined us since the last newsletter:

    Herb & Diane Bernard Salem, NH
    Fred & Debra Cornell Hubbardston, MA

Hope to see you soon. Snowbirds take care out there…!! SEE YOU IN THE SPRING….

Bobbie & Glenn

 
....from the Wagon Master
Bobbie McCracken and others are exploring the possibility of the Granite Staters developing a Family Rally Weekend for our children and grandchildren. This would be a rally with a focus on kids. More info will follow.

Also, since we had a lot of great and I mean great appetizers at Sandwich, I want all the ladies to start thinking about their best camping recipes so we can do a Granite Stater Cook Book.

Linda Porazzo


Our Condolences…

Our condolences go out to John and Lisa Landry on the passing of John’s mother Lillian Landry on February 13, 2006.



2006 Rally Schedule


oldman silouette     
    The
Granite Staters      May 2006
                      Newsletter
Fred Rhine, President                                    Bill and Kitty Ellsworth, Editors

From the Editors - Bill and Kitty Ellsworth

As you can tell, this month's newsletter is substantially thinner as May has been quite a month for the Ellsworth household. As many of you were already aware, we've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newest Granite Stater, Jolie Olivia Ellsworth. She was born May 12 at 8:58 am and weighed in at 7lbs 3ozs, 20in. I'm pleased to announce that Mom and baby are doing fine. Dad on the other hand is quite exhausted as evidenced by this newsletter's late publishing. Kitty still has a lot of back pain that we expect will subside once she can resume her pain medications. Glad to say she's doing much better than she was last year at Sandwich. We expect to make it to the Lake Forest Rally for the business meeting and hang out for the remainder of the day.

Sadly though, we have decided to put our motorhome up for sale. So if you know of anyone who is interested in a slightly used 1997 Vacationer, I can make then one heck of a deal!!

This brings me to the next topic, monthly newsletters. Kitty and I need to bow out as newsletter editors and ask that someone else volunteer to take over this task. I will be glad to work with the next editor to being them up to speed with the process that we go through each month.

Additionally, the membership chairpersons have asked me to mention that if your membership expires this month, this will be your last newsletter. Your membership expiration date is now included on your newsletter's mailing label in the lower right hand corner.



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2006 Rally Schedule



oldman silouette     
    The
Granite Staters      May 2006
                      Newsletter
Fred Rhine, President                                    Bill and Kitty Ellsworth, Editors

From the Editors - Bill and Kitty Ellsworth

As you can tell, this month's newsletter is substantially thinner as May has been quite a month for the Ellsworth household. As many of you were already aware, we've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newest Granite Stater, Jolie Olivia Ellsworth. She was born May 12 at 8:58 am and weighed in at 7lbs 3ozs, 20in. I'm pleased to announce that Mom and baby are doing fine. Dad on the other hand is quite exhausted as evidenced by this newsletter's late publishing. Kitty still has a lot of back pain that we expect will subside once she can resume her pain medications. Glad to say she's doing much better than she was last year at Sandwich. We expect to make it to the Lake Forest Rally for the business meeting and hang out for the remainder of the day.

Sadly though, we have decided to put our motorhome up for sale. So if you know of anyone who is interested in a slightly used 1997 Vacationer, I can make then one heck of a deal!!

This brings me to the next topic, monthly newsletters. Kitty and I need to bow out as newsletter editors and ask that someone else volunteer to take over this task. I will be glad to work with the next editor to being them up to speed with the process that we go through each month.

Additionally, the membership chairpersons have asked me to mention that if your membership expires this month, this will be your last newsletter. Your membership expiration date is now included on your newsletter's mailing label in the lower right hand corner.



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For Sale Suzuki burgman "650" scooter


2006 Rally Schedule


oldman silouette     
    The
Granite Staters     March 2006
                      Newsletter
Fred Rhine, President                                    Bill and Kitty Ellsworth, Editors

FROM THE PRESIDENT……Fred Rhine

As we sit here in sunny Florida we are reminded that not all of our members are in the warmer climates, so to all of you I say think spring and the warm temperatures will mean our rallies will soon be starting.

As we have gone through the winter season, many of our members had had health issues. To all of you we wish a speedy recovery. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers till next we meet.

Let me remind all of you that our first rally will be held in April with information contained in this newsletter.

Till next we meet,
                                     Fred Rhine


FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT…Bill Elkins

The By-Laws Committee, which consists of myself as Chairperson, Bill McShea, Marilyn Smith, Dick White and Evelyn Merrill has been at work the past two months getting the Chapter by-laws updated and in line with the National guidelines. We did have a meeting while we were at Danforth Bay last fall and had a lot of notes to review but did not actually start on the revisions until January. Bill McShea typed and emailed me a draft from the notes he had taken, I updated that with more changes from my notes. That revision was sent to the other members of the Committee, who also had input on items that Bill M and I did not have notes on. “Thank god for computers and email”.

We now have a “final” draft out to the committee, if everyone is in agreement it will go to National for approval, any changes and revisions have to meet the guidelines provided by National. Once approved, the Bylaws, showing changes and revisions will be printed in the Newsletter for membership review, any action necessary will be taken at our next Annual Meeting.

Carol and I are looking forward to warm weather, getting the Coach back on the road and getting back together with all our friends in the Granite Staters.

Drive Safe,
                          Bill Elkins



March 2006 – From The Membership Chairpersons
Not much news to report from the North Country except that we’ve had about 3 weeks of cold weather. We anxiously await the coming of spring so we can go camping again. We had a great time in January at the get together in Concord. Since then Bill Ellsworth has been working on improving the membership software program and he and Kitty came up a couple of weeks ago to install the new program on our computer. Many thanks to Bill for taking the time to do this.

Here are the new members who have joined us since the last newsletter:

    Herb & Diane Bernard Salem, NH
    Fred & Debra Cornell Hubbardston, MA

Hope to see you soon. Snowbirds take care out there…!! SEE YOU IN THE SPRING….

Bobbie & Glenn

 
....from the Wagon Master
Bobbie McCracken and others are exploring the possibility of the Granite Staters developing a Family Rally Weekend for our children and grandchildren. This would be a rally with a focus on kids. More info will follow.

Also, since we had a lot of great and I mean great appetizers at Sandwich, I want all the ladies to start thinking about their best camping recipes so we can do a Granite Stater Cook Book.

Linda Porazzo


Our Condolences…

Our condolences go out to John and Lisa Landry on the passing of John’s mother Lillian Landry on February 13, 2006.



2006 Rally Schedule