News from WIT Club Reps: Butch & Val Peters
It seems hard to believe that we have completed our second season as reps. We’ve been many places that we would probably never have visited and met so many wonderful people. Thank you all for making us feel so welcome at all your events!
Picking up from our last update, our next stop was the Ohio State Rally. Thursday kicked off with a Winnie Weinie potluck, followed by opening ceremonies. After supper we had a fun time at the cakewalk, ice cream social, and bingo. During the rally there were lots of opportunities to be involved in an activity or seminar. Saturday afternoon Val again participated in the golf cart rodeo this year with David and won 2nd year in a row. The golf cart rodeo is so much fun both for spectators and participants! Saturday afternoon the legendary “happy hour” was held, no other rally we’ve attended has an event like this! We enjoyed some dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.
From Ohio we traveled to Foley AL to hangout with the N’Awlins Winnies. We had never been to this area. It was fun to go sightseeing in the area, down to the beach, try a “bushwacker” drink, grits and eat lots and lots of shrimp! We had a great time with all the N’Awlins Winnies who are some of the friendliest folks around.
After a week in Foley, we were back on the road this time heading to Murphy, North Carolina. There we met up with Stewart & Tammy Smith, joining them for a campout with the Georgia Winnie Rebels. While there we visited Fields of the Woods, it’s a cool Bible based park. Most of us climbed the 300+ steps up to the top of the Ten Commandments. We were visited by “Linnie Pearl” for funny story telling and wrapped up the weekend with a great campfire.
We moved from there to Lebanon TN for the Tennessee Rally. It was fun to connect with folks from 20 different states! Pre-rally tours on Wednesday & Thursday included a Redneck Comedy Bus tour of Nashville, Cellar 53 Winery, Lane Motor Museum, Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse & Fiddlers Grove. Opening ceremonies with hospitality table were held Thursday evening. Friday had seminars including a basic CPR class and Insta-pot demo, games, vendors, club meetings, entertainment was a singing ventriloquist. Saturday more seminars, games, line dancing, rock painting, music city carousel (cake walk) and entertainment. All to soon it was time to journey on.
Our last stop this year was Branson, MO where we camped with the Ozark Winnies one week and the Chief Winnies the next, some folks from each club were there the entire time.
We also had the opportunity to meet up with friends from the Ark-a-bagos who were also camping in Branson. While in Branson we enjoyed a costume party, soup potlucks, shows SIX and the Haygoods were our favorites. We did some sightseeing including Top of the Rock. We also got to experience some really cold weather! Despite the cold weather we really enjoyed this campout. Several of us left Branson a couple days early to avoid a cold front.
Our final stop is Yuma, AZ for the winter. We look forward to seeing many of you on the road next year. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
Butch and Valerie
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill