History of Good Sam Angels Chapter
AKA: Good Sam Northern Kentucky Angels
The chapter began in early 1977, the State Director John Fulton and Ayleene canvassed our area to invite prospective campers to attend a camping chapter organization. There were numerous interested parties that attended the kick-off ofthe Good Sam Angels Chapter #4 of Kentucky Good Sam. Needless to say, it was a huge success. The Angels began with approximately 20 serious campers interested in joining a group. All of these campers became Charter Members of the Good Sam Angels. The first campout was held in August of 1977 with the majority of those 20 interested folks attending. Sad to say, most ofthose folks no longer camp for various reasons. But happy to say, we still have one couple going strong from that first meeting, Rose and Harold Neiser and are still currently very active at this time in our Chapter. We have another charter member that is living in a nursing home, Helen Rank. If it were not for folks like these, the Angels would have dissolved some time ago. But we have high hopes of continuing for many years to come.
The Good Sam Angels became very strong and in the late 90's decided to support a sister club. Did this work out? Well, most of those that were involved forming the sister club decided to also join that club which was named Good Sam TR5'S. This stood for trailers, RV and fifth wheels because we were open to anyone that would like to join in our fun. So there were quite a few of us that would camp with the Angels and the TR5's Good Sam Clubs twice a month. As the years went by, we have had several members drop from our ranks so in the end, we have combined the two Northern Kentucky Chapters to be the Good Sam Northern Kentucky Angels.
We have designated the second weekend to be our normal campout but that is subject to change to meet the schedule of those that usually attend. We go to local camp grounds within 100 miles of the 1-275 and 1-75 1-71 split in Boone County. This is to allow any working people ample time to make the Friday night activities without driving a long distance. During the winter months, November through March, we have indoor meetings and locations are determined well in advance to notify everyone. We have a monthly Newsletter in hopes of keeping all members or prospective members informed ofthe activities that will be taking place at the next gathering. We have become like family to one another. When one laughs we all laugh together. When one hurts we all share in their pain. It is an extended family that you never want to loose.
Our main charity at this time is called Brighton Center in Newport, Kentucky. This is an organization that helps many families in need. They have slightly used clothing, food and small appliances that they distribute throughout the surrounding community. We have sponsored a family every year at Christmas that cannot afford to have a good holiday without assistance. It is usually a single parent with two or three children. We buy clothing, food and of course, what would Christmas be for children without toys. We also have a monthly food drive and deliver either to Brighton Center or to St. Bernard food pantry. On other occasions we have donated in loving memory of a chapter member to Cancer Society, Heart Association or other charitable organizations.
We welcome visitors that would be interested in joining our group for lots of laughs, fellowship and games. Contact our President by clicking on the e-mail link above.