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GOOD SAM NEWSLETTER MAY 2020
Thought for the Month:
"Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well"
I am sending my state monthly
newsletter out early because I am going to attempt explain what has gone on in
Good Sam Life, where we are with our Governor’s Executive orders and how all
these orders affect us as a club.
The Good Sam Club Corporate Office
put out an order that ALL GOOD SAM
ACTIVITIES ARE TO BE CANCELED. That included our monthly meetings and any
camping we have scheduled, no matter when the camping or Rally was to take
place. They also put in pause any elections of State Directors and other elected
positions that any state had coming up.
They have been sent many question by most
of the State Directors, one in particular "Is this the end of Good Sam Club? To
my knowledge, they have not answered that directly. We (The State Directors)
have been promised over a month ago that corporate was compiling all the
questions and we would get their answers on everyone of them. Did not say when.
How does this affect our rally? I should be
finding out soon. I mailed corporate two requests for support. One was for
support in purchasing door prizes. The second one was for support for the rally
that the director could use to offset expenses of putting on the rally. And that
includes insurance coverage for the rally. IF they refuse to support us, then
the Committee Meeting becomes VERY important to have and attend.
My opinion doesn’t amount to much, but it
is free. IF your chapter schedules a campout or meeting, you do it as private
group not as a club of Good Sam. So, right now, we cannot have any meetings or
Campouts as Good Sam Club.
The State of Kansas
position. This one is easy and everyone
should know what it is. There is an executive order by the governor that no one
in Kansas is to travel and all non-essential businesses are closed until May 3rd.
She will either begin opening up Kansas or extend the "Stay Home" executive
How does this affect us as a state
organization or a Chapter event?
Right know, we do not meet or camp as a
group of more than 10 people. If she does not extend her order, A Camping We May
Go, but as individual group or individuals.
So if the governor releases us, the
decision as to camping becomes each individual decision & Chapter President as
to what and how they want to proceed with camping together.
The fairgrounds office and buildings are
closed for now. They tell me that they are planning on having the State Fair as
scheduled (September), so the fairgrounds should be available to us in October.
That is all I have to offer you. It will be
easy to know what the Governor is going to do. It is a crap shoot to figure out
what Good Sam Club Corporate will be doing?
I have not canceled the Rally. I am doing
all the work on it as though it will happen. The same with the Committee & Staff
meeting. It will happen June 20th,
2020. Only the location may change. I mentioned Mulvane Community Center as a
possibility. That will not happen. It isn’t available.
I’m sorry I cannot tell you the location of
the meeting. As soon as I get it figured out the presidents and Staff will be
the first to know.
The State Newsletter Status
This situation is bothering me. I didn’t
handle it very well. I should have given you suggestions on what to write about,
not give you a choice to send or not to send an article. Here is where we are
with it right now. No State Newsletter, BECAUSE the majority of the chapter
presidents notified the Editor that they were not going to write an article
because none of the chapters have been able to camp.
Apparently, you all (Presidents)
responded to my request to notify the State Editor. You recall asked you to
contact him if you were or were not going to send a news article for the state
newsletter. He advised me that there would not be a July newsletter based on
Maybe if you have adjusted your
camping/meeting schedule for the rest of the 2020, you could publish that. Or
tell us what you all did at your meetings. Eat out? Eat at a member’s home? Play
games at your meeting, Did you have any new members? etc...
For example, my chapter has a campout
scheduled for May 14-16.The location was called to see if the city had their
camp ground open and they said they did, but the restrooms would not be open.
Because we don’t know if the Mexican café (we always go to a café on Saturday
night) is open by then, we are planning a cook out at the campgrounds
So if the governor doesn’t extend the
shutdown, we will camp as planned.
Please consider writing a newsletter. If
you said you would not send a newsletter, and you change your mind, please
contact the State Newsletter Editor, David Marlowe and tell him you will send an
article. Not sure of the dead line for submission. If he gewts enough articles ,
he will put one together. I’m sure each of you has something you can share with
- The Rally is NOT canceled yet.
- The Committee meeting is NOT canceled yet.
- I hope the ASD’s will look for a new time frame and re-schedule their Area
Rallies. I’m sure the chapters would work with whatever the time frame would
be. I know our Wagon Master would adjust the camping schedule so all could
attend an Area #4 Rally if given the opportunity.
As all of you know the governor extended
the shutdown to May 3rd. So this is the only guidelines we (I) have received as
far as camping is concerned. The Corporate Head Quarters has not set out
anything since their original directive; everything is on hold including the
election of officers for some the states.
After May 3rd I ask that you Presidents use
good judgment, regarding camping and the social distance stuff. . I am not
suggesting that we ignore the 6’ separation or the 10 people in attendance
recommended by the CDC. I’ve been following the guidelines and will continue to
I don’t think we (State Directors) are
going to get anything out of Headquarters for a while, if anything. So we will
operate as individual State and Chapters.
As is our chapter, it is pressing on with
camping if the State of KS governor doesn’t extend her "stay Home" executive
order and so will the state with your rally.
Please be safe and stay healthy
Bill & Sheila Tucker
State Directors, Kansas Good Sam
MOTTO FOR THE MONTH
"A PROBLEM IS A CHANCE FOR YOU TO DO YOUR BEST"
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