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oldman silouette     
Granite Staters      May 2007
Bill Elkins, President                                    Dick & Peg White, Editors


Note that the May Rally has been moved to Sandwich Fair Grounds. Looking ahead, the NEAR Rally is coming up in July and the Opening Ceremonies will include a tribute to Military Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS personal. In addition there will be a Parade of Chapter and State Flags. We need a volunteer from our Chapter to organize and coordinate this effort within our Chapter plus whatever number of flag bearers we need for our State & Chapter. Please keep this in mind. I will be asking for volunteers at the May Rally or you can call or email me (603 435 6064 or if you would like to volunteer in advance. I have all the details for the opening ceremonies. I can fax or email them to anyone interested in volunteering.

Carol and I are looking forward to seeing our old Friends along with the new members (Friends) who have joined the Granite Staters, but have not had the opportunity to attend a rally yet.



Thanks to all for the cards, well wishes and prayers. We could never make it through this without such great friends and family. Just a quick update: My 30 days of chemo and radiation ended March 8. Things went very well, but I think Bill was a little disappointed that I didn't loose my hair. He was looking forward to shaving his head in support. Right now we're in a waiting period for 4-6 weeks before having surgery. This gives my body (mainly the blood cells) time to regain strength. At that point, I will be having 2/3rds of my esophagus removed, and replaced with a portion of my stomach. Surgery will be done in Lebanon, NH, by one of the top surgeons in New England. Thanks again and we'll keep you posted.

Kitty and Bill

Volunteers are still needed for Security being provided by the Granite Staters at the Rally in July. If you have not already signed up and are interested, please call Bob Smith on his cell phone (603 767 8051) or in Florida before May 14th at 813 782 4767.
Please bring your tabs to the May Rally. If you are not planning to attend, try to have someone else bring them. We hope to have the Shriners pick them up at this Rally.
The AED has been ordered and should make its appearance at the May Rally.
RV Friendly Signage
The bill has passed the House and a hearing in the Senate was held on April 19th. So things are moving along. We will keep you posted as to the results of the Senate vote.

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  2007 Rally Schedule  


     Thank you to our hosts for all our Rallies down south, and thank you to Steve Davis for the dinner up North.
     Sorry to say the April rally was canceled. With the weather changing, we might be camping longer up north in the winter.
     We have added a new rally for the month of June at RiverBrook R.V. Resort (full hookup, 50/30/20 amp) hosted by Bev Wasson and Sandy Baker and co-hosted by me. If they're not afraid to do a rally in their "Class B" let's get some club members to do one in October or plan one for next year in their "Class A"
     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. We shouldn't expect the same people doing all the time, try it once you might like it.
     On a different note, because of my & Paul's health problems for the last year and continuing, I must ask someone to step up to the plate and take over Wagon Master.
  Please let Bill Elkins know if you are interested. This is an appointed position by the president and board. Remember the wagon master does not plan the rallies, the members do. The Wagon Master is there to assistant them and gives guidance and then makes the schedule for the club.

"Happy Trails"
Linda Parazzo, Wagon Master
781 826 5563 or cell 617 851 3798 or email


As of this newsletter, we have two new members to report:
     Norm & Shirley Bisson Manchester, NH
     Phil & Elyce Catudal Manchester, NH

Important note to all...check your membership expiration date on your newsletter label as DUES ARE DUE IN MAY!!! DUES ARE NOW $15 PER YEAR OR $65 FOR FIVE YEARS

See you all soon,
Bobbie and Glenn

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

oldman silouette     
Granite Staters      March 2007
Bill Elkins, President                                    Dick & Peg White, Editors


The members that attended the January Dinner had a good (great) time. Our thanks to hosts, Steve and Barbara Davis. You will notice that we have new Editors for the newsletter. Our thanks to Bill and Kitty Ellsworth for the job they have done and our prayers are with them. We want to thank Dick and Peg White for stepping up and taking over as Editors.

I received an email from Bill Conway regarding the NEAR Rally in July. The registration period is active on line and through the 800 number in Cincinnati. The ad in the FMCA magazine will appear in the March, April and May issues.

Carol and I hope to see you at the May Rally.
                                     - Bill Elkins

From Your New Editors......Dick and Peg White

For those of you who don't know, Kitty Ellsworth was diagnosed with esophageal cancer just before Christmas. Because of this, Kitty and Bill have had to resign from their Editorship. We have agreed to take over the Newsletter for one year to help the Chapter thru the transition to get another full time Editor. We will try to meet the high standards that Bill and Kitty have achieved and wish them the best as Kitty fights her disease. For anyone contributing to the Newsletter we will resume the deadline of the 10th of each month," starting in March for the April issue. If anyone would like to submit an article for consideration you can either mail to us at PO Box 370, Sanbornville, NH 03872 or email to We also welcome any comments, ideas and suggestions.

Save the date

The Northeast Area Rally will be held July 11,12,13 and 14, 2007 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, in Augusta, New Jersey

Preregistration deadline is July 2, 2007

Family Parking will be limited to 1200 Coaches. Early arrival fee of $15 (July 10) is payable upon arrival. No one will be admitted before noon, Tuesday, July 10th (unless a volunteer)

Coach with 2 people will be $95 prior to July 2nd and $110 after that date.

Coach with one person will be $75 prior to July 2nd and $90 thereafter.

The registration forms are now available on line and will appear in the March, April and May issues of the FMCA Magazine.

More Security VolunteersNeeded
The Granite Staters voted to do security at the rally. Many have signed up but more are needed. If you have not yet signed up to help please contact Bob Smith at either 603 767 8051, or email at
Remember all volunteers will get preferred parking, electric and possibly water hookups, and an extra or two.
Security Volunteers will be needed for duty on Monday July 9th.
All Sunday arrivals will be parked together. Everyone else will get pot luck but will be in the volunteer area with benefits.
Join the fun and contact Bob today.

Wanted to remind everyone that we will be holding a Grandparent/Grandkids Rally at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds on July 27-29, 2007. Most of the schedule and details are nailed down, and we should have the registration form and all the information in the first Spring Newsletter. Just wanted to give you some idea of what we have in store for those attending.

  • Pizza Party on Friday night
  • Bar-B-Q on Saturday night
  • Campfire with singing, stories and smores each evening (weather permitting)
  • Indoor and outdoor activities and games
  • Craft projects for all ages
  • Grandparent/grandchild scavenger hunt
  • Decorated bike parade and costume contest
  • Kids flea market (bring those toys the kids no longer like or use)
  • Water balloons and sprinklers if it's hot
    We are asking everyone who attends, with or without a grandchild, to help with the activities and participate in the games and crafts with the kids. Bring bikes, costumes, games & activities to share and items for the flea market. We will do everything possible to keep the cost down. You can bring a tent for the kids and come early or stay late for an additional $20/night + tax.

  • January 2007 from the Membership Chairpersons

    It was great to see many friends at the January Dinner in Concord! Bobbie and I had a great time visiting with everyone and want to thank the Davis' for hosting this event again. It's so nice to have a chance to touch base during the winter months...for those of us who don't go south.
    Just a reminder. DUES ARE NOW $15 PER YEAR OR $ 65 FOR FIVE YEARS.


    As of this time, we have two more new members:
        • Marc and Linda Brodeur from Windam, NH
        • Dick and Candy Moul from Merrimack, NH


    Wagon Masters Report

    Thank you Steve Davis for the dinner at the Cat & Fiddle. A lot of people really enjoyed it. Was nice to get together in the winter and the weather co-operated.

    Thanks to Bob Burham and Clayton Buck for the rally at Big Oaks RV Park. Hope all you Florida people are staying warm!!!! Hope Brooksville went well for everyone and you all enjoyed seeing each other.

    Note ******* Change of place for the May Granite Staters Rally. We will not be going to Hopkinton. New place will be at the Sandwich Fairgrounds for our May 18-20 weekend. The Violettes, The Heberts and Ed Wladkowski and Eris will still be your hosts.

    We have two months with openings. They are June and October. Do hope someone steps forward.

    Linda Porazzo, Wagon master

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      2007 Rally Schedule  

    Chapter News and Notes


    Debby Corbett on the death of her husband Jim on February 2nd. Cards can be sent to Debby at PO Box 511, Ossipee, NH 03864

    Dolly Gilbertson on the death of her two sisters and brother. Her sister Patty (Perry) passed away on October 18th in California (age 62), her sister Kathleen (Barbas) passed away on December 28th in Massachusetts (age 66) and her brother passed away on February 11th in Massachusetts. Cards can be sent to Dotty at 173 Pilgrim Trail, Plymouth, MA 02360. Donations can be made in the names of Dolly's sisters to: Grace Cottage Foundation, PO Box 1, Townhend VT 05353.

    AED UPDATE From Dick White

    We have reviewed several AED units and feel that the best for the Chapter is the Philips HeartStart Model M5066A. The cost for this unit would be approximately $1,300 which would include the unit, carrying case, CPR/AED responder pack (to include tools to help preparation of the patient for application of the unit) and a sign to designate where the unit would be located (near the coffee pot at all rallies) We presently have less than this amount in our fund but have several pledges which have not yet been received. Those pledges should put us over the top and provide a reserve for replacement of batteries and other supplies in the future.

    Any contributions to the fund should be made out to the Granite Staters and sent to Dick White, PO Box 370, Sanbornville, NH 03872.


    A hearing was held in Concord on February 1 3, 2007 for the bill (HB 41 8) regarding the RV Friendly signs. There were eight people from the Granite Staters in attendance. The bill's sponsor, Rep. James Martin of Brookfield and I spoke in favor of the bill. The Department of Tourism, the Director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association and an official from New Hampshire Department of Transportation also spoke either in favor or in favor with minor clarifications. Representative Martin and I have made some adjustments to the wording to address these concerns and all in all feel the meeting went well. The next stage is to hopefully come out of the committee with a recommendation to pass. The bill will then go to the House of Representatives for approval and then to the Senate for another hearing. Please feel free to contact your local representative to express your support. I will keep you updated as things progress.


    Hello again from lucky New Hampshire. We have certainly had a great winter up to this point. I am glad that we live here in New Hampshire and not in New York. The motor home is still in storage and I don't think I am ready to take it out until a little later. The snow man has been real good to us up to this point but the weather man says that we will have a big storm later on in the week (editor: as this was being typed we were in the early stages of the Valentine's Day blizzard). I hope that all the members of the Granite Staters are looking forward to a great new camping season.


    The time has come when all of the Granite Staters should be thinking of blowing the dust off all the tabs that you have picked up over the winter. I hope we will have a banner year and collect a record number of the tabs for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. Please encourage your friends, relatives and neighbors and anyone else that will help us in this worthy cause.


    I recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits, he said that I was doing "fairly well" considering my age.
    A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think that I will live to be 80?"
    He asked, "Do you smoke tobacco, or drink any beer or wine?"
    "Oh no," I replied. "I'm not doing drugs either."
    Then he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steak and barbecued ribs?"
    I said "No, my former doctor said that red meat is very unhealthy!"
    "Do you spend a lot of time in the sun like playing golf, sailing or hiking?"
    "No I don't", I said.
    He asked, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars or motorcycles?"
    "No" I said. "I don't do any of those things."
    He looked at me and said, "Then why the hell do you give a damn."

    Happy Motorhoming!


    Last minute Lasagna - Louise Parsons

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    24-26 ounce jar pasta sauce
    2 16-18 ounce bags frozen large cheese ravioli
    10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess water
    8 ounce bag shredded mozzarella
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan

    Spoon a third of the pasta sauce into a 9x13" baking dish. Place half of the ravioli over the sauce in a single layer. Top with another third of a jar of tomato sauce. Sprinkle with the spinach and half the mozzarella.

    Add the remaining ravioli in a single layer (you may not need all of them). Top with remaining sauce and cheeses. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbling, about 5-10 minutes. Serves 6.

    This delicious recipe was in the Concord Monitor in September and came from the cookbook Real Simple Meals Made Easy. I cook it a bit longer while covered and make it with my substitute tomato sauce and it is delicious and quick.

    Low Fat Granola Bars - Peg McShea
    3 Grams of Fat     110 Calories

    1/4 Cup Sugar
    1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
    1/4 Cup Honey
    2 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Peanut Butte
    1 Egg White
    1 Tbsp. Fat-Free Evaporated Milk
    1 Tsp. Vanilla

    1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
    1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
    1/4 Tsp. Allspice
    2 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats

    1 1/2 Cups Rice Krispies
    2 Small Boxes of Raisins
    2/3 Cup of Dried Cranberries
    1/2 Cup Walnuts (Optional)
    1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda

    Combine first 7 ingredients. Combine next 4 ingredients; add sugar mixture. Add remaining ingredients. Press into 13x9 pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 oven for 18-20 min. Score surface and cool on a wire rack.

    These are Good!

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