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History of Twin Spire Sams Chapter

The Twin Spire Chapter of the Good Sam Club began in June of 1981. It was chartered in July of the same year. The club started with roughly 8 or 9 rigs. This number has fluctuated over the past thirty years, but there are currently 11 rigs. Ron and Carolyn Redmon, the last of the original charter members had to give up camping over five years ago. That hasn't stopped them from joining us for a few hours on our campouts and meetings. We lovingly refer to them as our Honorary Members. Our reigning long-timer, Junie McKinney and his wife, Ruby joined the club back in 1988. His beloved Ruby passed away in May of 2005, but Junie is still a Twin Spire member. At ninety years young, he also holds the position of Wagonmaster within the club. While some members have come and gone over the years, the majority of people who join the Twin Spire Club stay in it until the bitter end. This is a tribute to the strong bonds of friendship and loyalty found in this chapter.

Club campouts are usually the third weekend of every month. We have our favorite campgrounds, of course, but are always looking for new places to try. We dont camp in December, January or February, so three couples step forward each year and offer to host those meetings in their homes. We pattern our meetings as outlined by our bylaws and the guidelines of Good Sam.

At some point during the year, we vote on charities to support. In recent years, the Twin Spire Club has donated to Crusade for Children, St. Jude Hospital, Kosair, Humane Society, Dogs for the Deaf, Hospice and Women and Children Homeless Center. One year, we donated a Next Exit book and a $15 certificate to the Flying J to raffle off at the Samboree. Various members work for companies that will match our donations, and we make use of that option whenever possible.

Some of our volunteer activities included packing an impressive 15,000 lbs of food in three hours for Dare to Care. We also participated in a suicide awareness walk for H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Early).

Our money comes partly from club dues and our 50/50 raffle after each meeting, but the big bucks are usually generated by our Christmas auction. Every couple brings two wrapped gifts. Then we hold an auction or invent some exciting and fun way to sell the gifts. Its all done within the club. We keep a small amount of money in our coffers, but the majority goes to charity.

This short story is a good example of how close-knit this group is. En route to Cape Cod a few years ago, one of the members vehicles broke down. They wanted the rest of the club to forge on and said they'd catch up. Ron and Carolyn Redmon were still members at that point, and Carolyn piped up, We started out together, we'll finish together. And we did. That pretty much says it all.