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
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
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.