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This is a sampling of our periodic newsletter to our members.



August, 2017

Paul Bjornrud, Editor

Volume 37, No. 3

 FROM THE DIRECTOR (aka Humbug):

The big topic of the day, month and year has been the weather. Don’t you just love the heat and humidity? Yes it’s guaranteed to stick around a while longer. Do as we’ve done and splash around in a new oversized wading pool. It works for a while at least. As my most recent monthly newsletters have reported, Good Sam Headquarters has “downsized” and placed a greater demand on all the State Directors. I have accepted this challenge and will continue to serve the SoCal Good Sam Organization with renewed dedication. You can trust that the SoCal Staff join me in doing our best to serve our members. Though the promotion of ‘events’ for the West Region has been discontinued by GS HQ, we will continue to make you aware of events such as the “Beer and Wine at the Vines,” which will return for November 2017 (see event listing inside). A major change that will affect Chapters is the way new prospects are introduced. Prospects that visit the website are now being directed straight to our website and view the Chapter listings. Prospects will now be contacting your Chapter President directly so make sure your website information is up to date. Favorite campgrounds have recently been listed in your Sam-A-Gram. An updated version with full information has just been sent to all Presidents. Make sure your favorite(s) are shown and if not let me know. I have gone a step further and written a letter to all listed campgrounds in pursuit of convincing them to lower the 10 rig minimum for a group discount. Hey it doesn’t hurt to ask! The contract for our April 2018 Rally Samboree has been signed. We return to Golden Village Palms April 19 – 21, 2018 for our “Cartoon Rally 2018.” A flyer is within this issue. We welcome ideas with fun & different events to host for our Rally. A paper airplane longest flight is now on schedule along with a chili cook-off. What else can you think of ? Get word to your Asst State Director or let me know. The West Region Directors have established a network to improve communications in benefit of all west coast Good Sam Club members. We have agreed to share event and other information for our members who enjoy roaming this great country.

Stay safe and happy travels ………..


Dennis Rudd (Humbug)

SoCal State Director




                                                                                       So Cal Good Sam Organization

                                                                                         State Committee Meeting

                                                                                                 April 21, 2017

Meeting was held at the Golden Village RV Resort in Hemet, CA. Meeting was called to order by Dennis Rudd, SoCal State Director at 7:10 PM.  Salute to the flag was led by Dennis Rudd, So Cal State Director. Director Rudd welcomed Sandy Lauver, Arizona State Director, a guest present. State Roll Call of the SoCal State Chapters was taken. Fourteen Chapter Presidents or their designated Representatives were present. (Big Bear Sams, Good Sam 5th Wheelers, Good Sam Kountry Kampers, Happy Hookups, Happy Rovers, Lancaster Roadrunners, Lucky 13, Orange Good Sam Chapter, Rollin’ Singles, Sam Radio Hams, Single Mingles, South Bay Outhousers, The Van Nuys Traveliers, and Wandering Wheels).

Minutes of the September 10, 2016 State Commitee Meeting were read. Fred Erler made a motion that the minutes be accepted as read and seconded by Ernie Giannioses.

Treasurer’s Reports: Roger Strickland reported on the State Account, as of December 31, 2016.

Door Prizes: Maxine Mihm reported on the balance as of this date. 

SAG Account: Paul Bjornrud reported on the present balance. Motion to approve the Financial Reports made by David Fulkman, seconded by Cathy Mendenhall. Approved.

Dennis Rudd presented the bills for the SoCal State Director and Staff Expenses total of $2,263.32. Most of these expenses are for mileage. Question from the floor, “how much do we pay for mileage?” Director Rudd reminded the State Committee that a vote was taken at a previous SCM to reimburse Staff $.75/mile. Connie Walton made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Victoria Emerson. Approved.

Correspondence: Good Sam Headquarters has made some changes to their Policies and Procedures. They have decided to eliminate the Regional Directors positions. Director Rudd now reports to Dave Morgen, National Director of Field Operations. This does not change how we operate at the State Organizational Level. The West Region events and tours will no longer be supported. The events may continue though without Good Sam Club promotion. Good Sam Headquarters has also cut funding levels. Director Rudd also received a message that the State funding for Raffle Prizes is being reduced to $150 from $350 and the SoCal Samboree reimbursement reduced to $500 from $1000. A question was asked if there is insurance coverage at Good Sam Events for participants. The answer is none. Only liability insurance for the event is issued by Good Sam HQ to cover SoCal Good Sam. You are expected to have your own insurance. SoCal does purchase liability insurance on the golf carts separately.

New Business: Director Rudd presented seven (7) certificates for Perfect Attendance at the State Committee Meeting for 2016: Good Sam Kountry Kampers, Lancaster Roadrunners, Lucky 13, Rollin’ Singles, Sam’s Radio Hams, Single Mingles, and South Bay Outhousers.

Next year’s Samboree theme will be “Cartoon Rally 2018”.

Old Business: A change to the SoCal Organization SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) was earlier proposed. This was to reduce the number of State Committee Meetings to once per year. A 45 day written notice was sent out on February 23, 2017 to all Chapter Presidents. A vote was taken to reduce the State Committee Meeting to once a year. The prior motion did pass. This change brought discussions on the ramifications of its passing. A memo had been previously prepared by the Director to answer many of the questions that would arise. Work-a-rounds were discussed at the earlier Presidents Forum to many of these concerns outlined in the memo. The key problems were if some kind of an emergency were to arise needing immediate expenditure(s) from the state account. As noted the State Director would have authority to make expenditures only under EMERGENCY conditions or to call a special meeting. See Memorandum, dated April 21, 2017, attached to these minutes.

Director Rudd reviewed the upcoming events.

Floor was open to any questions from the Chapter Presidents, Staff and Hall. Some discussion on what can we do to promote more members. A suggestion was made that perhaps we could have a workshop. This workshop could consist of chapters sharing what is working or not working for them in recruiting new members. Director Rudd agreed that this would be a great idea and will schedule a membership forum for the 2018 Samboree. In addition a document “What can Good Sam do for me” will be made available to the SCM which includes membership drive ideas. Director Rudd will continue with his monthly newsletter to keep the State Committee aware of all news, events and issues within the Organization and the Good Sam Club.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Fred Erler and seconded by Dick Miller. There being no further business from the floor, meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Barbara Sullivan, State Secretary

“Minutes have not been approved by State Committee. Minutes will be read at next SoCal State Committee

Meeting, April 2018.”




                                                                       Chapter News

Apple Valley Roamers

Pres.-Bruce Shanks

                                                                 Get the latest on the Roamers on their Web site



                                                                                             Big Bear Sams

                                                            President: Bob Grimes                        Editor: Norma Grimes

The June campout was Olive Ave. RV Resort in Vista for the San Diego Highland Games at Brengle Terrace Park.We enjoyed bagpipe music, clan tents, athletics (tossing stones, sheafs, hammers, capers), highland dancing and sheep dogs trials, along with ethnic food (bangers, meat pies, fish and chips, and beer), and vendors ( of course) The nearby Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, which included a model train building and weavers barn and the historic Guajome Adobe were of interest too. The annual picnic in July was at the beautiful park-like setting of Fred & Maggie Kielpinski’s home. Our guests were Dick & Lynne Miller of Sam’s Radio Hams who told us all about the upcoming Whitney Classic and Boulder Creek campout in Lone Pine. We look forward to this joint campout with the Sam’s Radio Hams in September.

The SAM A GRAM says Hi to Dick & Lynne.


                                                                              Kountry Kampers

                                            President: Fred Erler                        Editor: Sharan Smith

The May campout was Bakersfield RV Resort in Bakersfield with 10 rigs attending and 7 staying on until Monday. The on-site restaurant was excellent and so convenient. The weather ranged from chilly to hot. Entertainment and dining included a hot dog dinner, the Crystal Palace for dinner and live Country Music, the Woolworth Diner and our second annual “Olympic Games”. We thank Mike for organizing and Lynda Spicer for the awards. Here are the results: 1ST Place Team2 with 43.5 points comprised of Heather, Jack, Ellen, Lynette & Jody. 2ND Place Team 4 with 39 points comprised of Sharan, Jerry, Jan, Ken & Mike. 3RD Place Team 1 with 33 points comprised of Kent, Jane, Dennis, Bill & Linda. 4TH Place Team 3 with 15 points, Lou, Lynda, Joe, Dorothy& Fred. Neighbors John & Karen Willis, joined us for dinner. The SAM A GRAM says Hi to guests of the Chapter. The June campout was Pechanga RV Resort in Temecula.




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