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2017-2018 NCFCRV Retiree King & Queen

Bill & Penny Ramlow

Ramlows North Carolina’s Retiree King And Queen Bill and Penny started their life together forty-eight years ago in South Florida. About ten years ago they moved to North Carolina. They have one daughter, one grandson, and a four-legged family member. Bill worked for the US Postal Service in Dade County for forty years. He began as a clerk, assistant station manager, station manager, and finally retired as an Address Management Analysis. Upon finishing college Penny worked as a billing clerk until the birth of their daughter. After their daughter started school she volunteered at the school and later became a teacher’s aide and then a substitute teacher. She worked twenty-eight years for the Dade County School System. Upon being invited to camp with the Thunderbolts in 1985 they became the chapter’s secretary. Then in the following years were president, vice-president, and treasurer. They were also the chapter’s DAT Director and SPC Director. When a fellow camper left to return home to Pennsylvania, they took over the job of field director and then District Six Director. In the years that followed they held the position of South Florida District Director when the District Five Director left. While holding this position they were awarded “Director of the Year.” Other state positions they held were FSA Scholarship Director and Assistant State Director. Attending their first Retiree Rally in 2007 they have not missed one since. They were asked to be the Retiree Registrar in 2008 and have held that position since. Bill and Penny have attended many National Campventions and have been on numerous committees. They were registrar for the Ladson, South Carolina Campvention and are the registrar for the 2018 Campvention in Doswell, Virginia. Bill’s hobbies are kayaking, reading, making new friends, fishing, helping people, talking, and playing and walking their dog. Penny’s interests are trying new recipes, working on the computer, planning their trips, and doing crafts.

A letter to the Editor - Camping Today Magazine

Retirement Camper

My husband, Lane, and I have reached that wonderful age called retirement. After some on-line research and, more importantly, reams of information gathered from my parents, Bill and Mollie Stirewalt, we purchased a tag along camping trailer. It is a Fleetwood Micro Lite, 21 feet long, 8 feet wide, double axle with a slide out. Mom and Dad are lifetime members of FCRV. Dad has thousands of miles of towing experience and offered these pearls of wisdom:

  1. You will not be able to pull anything other than a small, aluminum framed camper with your little six cylinder Nissan Pathfinder.
  2. If you are traveling down the interstate and blow a tire, it’s really nice to have two axles so that you have more than one set of tires to depend on.
  3. And finally, you will have trouble reselling it if there is no slide out. I’m not sure if this means he expects us to want to upgrade to a larger unit, or if he doesn’t expect this new experience to last very long!

I mentioned retirement age, but let me be clear. The emphasis here is AGE. I have been a camper almost all of my life. I think I was about 10 years old before I knew there was such a thing as motels. I thought everyone slept in tents. My mother was a marvel of efficiency. She had to be, tent camping with four children. It is from her that I learned the organizational skills necessary to actually enjoy camping. Lane and I bought our first camping outfit—tent, air mattress, sleeping bags and Coleman stove, before our first wedding anniversary. We spent many years in tents, adding the necessary accoutrements along the way—two boys, a small sail boat, etc.

One day (after son number two was in college) my husband got up off the air mattress and said, “When I wake up, I want my feet to go down.” So began the search for a pop-up camper. My dad was okay with tent camping, but when he saw our used Coleman pop-up, he informed me that there were campgrounds in the country that did not allow “rag tops”. In spite of that, we thoroughly enjoyed the ease of pulling it to many adventures. Our trusty pop-up more than paid for itself in the motel and food expenses such travels would have incurred. At some point along the way, Dad signed us up for membership in the FCRV.

Recently, after cranking up the pop-camper for the hundredth time, Lane looked at me and said, “I want a camper I don’t have to kill myself setting up.” So here we are. I would rather camp than stay in a five star hotel, something only a few of our friends understand. So Mom and Dad, I hope we can camp for as many years as you have, and still do. Thanks for all your help. We will continue to call you with all our questions as we try out our new “rig”.

Judy and Lane Kendall
FCRV Members at Large

Thank You

Mary Burrus

Mary Burrus Mary Burrus has officially resigned as North Carolina State Director after 20 years of service with North Carolina Family Campers and RV'ers. Our sincere thanks to Mary and Allan for their dedication to our organization and for their leadership. Mary and Allan will still be very much involved in NCFCRV in the future as campers and possibly another leadership position in our state organization.

Thanks again Mary and Allan for a job well done.

Rambling along: Traveling with the comfort of home

Judi Brinegar By Judi Brinegar

Like millions of families across the United States, Freida and Harold Waisner of Ramseur love to pack up their RV and head to a nearby camp ground for a taste of the great outdoors and some old-fashioned nostalgia.

The Waisners have been enjoying the RV experience since 1975.

"When my daughter was younger, she and her dad wanted to go look at campers," Freida Waisner says. "I told them they were crazy, but we went and looked at some and ended up buying one that day. Afterwards, I asked them if they knew what they had gotten us into!"

Since 1910, Americans have had a love affair with the RV (recreational vehicle). According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, about 8.2 million households now own RVs. Most RV-owners travel for 26 days and an average of 4,500 miles annually, according to a 2005 University of Michigan study. The study also shows that about 450,000 Americans use their RVs full-time.

The Waisners started off with a 20-foot Coachman, migrated to a 27-foot Argosy and today, own a larger 34-foot motor home.

"When they were younger, our daughter and foster daughter would clean the house and have the camper packed ready to go when we got home from work," Waisner remembers. "One year, we went camping 62 times!"

Members of the National FCRV (Family Campers and RV’ers) organization for 25 years and local members of the Randolph Ramblers, the Waisners have stayed fairly close to home. They have traveled as far as South Carolina, but are also content to explore the beautiful state of North Carolina.

"We enjoy going to the beach and mountains and also enjoy camping at local camp grounds. We go camping about once a month," Waisner says. "We used to eat wherever we camp, but as we have gotten older, we don’t do that as much. We tow our vehicle with us so we can go sightseeing and out to eat."

The Waisners plan many more camping adventures. They are a long way from slowing down or stopping.

"There is so much to see in North Carolina and we do love that. We also love meeting new friends and keeping those friends. We haven’t stopped and asked ourselves when we will stop camping — we haven’t got there yet."

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