January 14 16, 2011 the meeting for the Florida State Winnie Gators was held at Central Florida Fairgrounds near Orlando, FL. Several coaches arrived a few days early to spend time with friends. For the weekend we had a total of 52 coaches registered. Thursday, at 4:00pm Happy Hour was enjoyed by all, and after dinner at local restaurants many members came back to the hall for games and cards.
Friday morning at 8:00am 48 people boarded a bus we chartered to take us to the Tampa RV Supershow! Everyone spread out to visit new coaches at dealers, and check out the vendors selling a variety of things we just cant do without! At 2:30pm we boarded the bus and returned to the fairgrounds. Along the way we did games, awarded prizes and had some good snacks.
Happy Hour commenced at 4:00pm, some of our volunteers sold tickets and we awarded 3 money raffle prizes to the lucky winners! Dinner was served at 6:00pm, and Bingo games finished our evening activities.
Saturday morning Rainbow Catering did a great job of preparing and serving breakfast. At 9:30am the Board of Directors had a meeting with a lot of discussion concerning our March Rally. At 11:00am our General Meeting began. Our new slate of officers was voted in to be officially installed in March. Those elected are: Jerry Miller, President; Cliff & Ree Spiller, 1st Vice President; Ted & Janis Fumia, 2nd Vice President; Christine & Bob Ross, Secretary; Walter & Belinda Feldgoise, Treasurer. Congratulations to all our new officers!
Rock N Roll our 50s celebration kicked off at 4:00pm with several members dressed in poodle skirts, charm bracelets, jeans, t-shirts, leather jackets, and lots of fun outfits to get into the theme! 50s music was playing while we sold tickets for a prize raffle. Members were treated to beer, wine and soft drinks and lots of prizes! We have to give a BIG THANK YOU to our faithful bartenders who always do an outstanding job! KUDOS to Dan Tuzzolo, Joe Sholtes, and Ed Tyndall!
Dinner was served at 6:00pm, followed by an Ice Cream Social! Our "volunteer dippers" were fast at work dishing out ice cream and members were invited to top off those dishes with a variety of syrups and nuts! THANKS to all you gentlemen who volunteered to help you did an outstanding job and are our permanent "dippers"! Games and cards were played for the rest of the evening.
Sunday morning our continental breakfast was served at 8:30am before we went our separate ways. We are very excited looking ahead to our next meeting for our March 10 13 Rally!
Be sure you check our website: www.winniegators.org for our schedule of rallies and chapter information. Consider yourselves invited if you are able to join us at any event!