Colorado Columbines Newsletter 2009
“A WIT CHAPTER of EXCELLENCE” – 14 consecutive years
MAY OUTING IN LOVELAND - WELL ATTENDED
With 17 coaches represented at the Riverside RV Park, After lunch at the new Aspen Grille, we visited a candy
the May campout was a great success. Those in atten- store and flea market as part of a Poker Run. It was
dance were all listed on our new signboard. great fun.
Just time for a quick nap, before we had “HEAVY”
snacks for dinner. Boy, what great cooks we have!
“Thanks to Roland Ray for making our new signboard possible”
Also, a big “THANK YOU” goes out to our SUPER
WAGONMASTERS Eva & Irv Lieser and Dottie &
“……..until we EAT again!”
A huge pot-luck with fried chicken welcomed the
Columbines Friday night. Saturday morning we all car- With bellies full we tackled the fun job of planning for
pooled over to Bliss Alpaca Farm to see the herd of next year’s adventures. A big “THANK YOU” must go
beautiful Alpacas that Carol raises. We learned a lot out to Shirley and Roland Ray who led our 2010 plan-
about raising Alpaca and their value (~$15,000 each). ning session. The tentative schedule is listed later in this
The highlight of the visit was a newborn calf that had newsletter.
just been born half an hour before our arrival. Kyes
grandson Robbie enjoyed seeing the newborn. The weekend wrapped up Sunday morning with Belgian
waffles and bacon from Chef Curt Jefferies and the
“7 EVERYDAY HERO” DOTTIE JEFFRIES
Dottie Jefferies, as a member of the Tamarac Optimist
Club, was recently recognized as Channel 7’s Everyday
Hero. For the last five years she dressed up as a giant
bumble bee to help kids at Holly Ridge Primary School
with their reading. She is part of the Optimist’s B.U.G.
Program, Bringing Up Grades
Robbie shares his experiences with the newborn Alpaca
Dottie said, “When you visit their homes you’ll see 70
different languages spoken. So, these children come
sometimes for the first time to school here, and go home
and teach their parents and their siblings so much”.
Alpacas share their experiences with Robbie
We BEE proud of you, Dottie!
NOTES FROM THE APRIL BUSINESS MEETING
Those hearty souls that attended were the Carrolls,
APRIL OUTING A WET ONE IN FT. COLLINS Liesers, Kyes, Krous, Atencios, Zimmermans, Rays,
There were 8 coaches in attendance at what may have and Stanleys.
been the wettest outing ever for the Columbines. Even
“the bull” had to be moved to higher ground. Treasurer Leola Krous reported a bank balance of
The Stanleys have changed addresses, with their new
9048 W. 50th Lane, Arvada, CO 80002
Please make changes to your roster
WIT has GNR information ready for viewing. It’s 32
pages long and can be viewed at
www.winnebagoind.com. Those planning on attending
are Bartrams, Atencios, and Cousins.
NOTES FROM THE MAY BUSINESS MEETING
Nearly 4 inches of rain (luckily not snow) fell in Ft. Col- Gary Krous told members about selected Winnebago
lins over the weekend of April 17-19th. However, that recalls for 2002-2004 Braves, 2002-2006 Sunrises,
did not deter the Columbines from having fun. 2005-2006 Voyagers, 2005-2006 Adventurers, and
2005-2006 Suncruisers. The mounting bracket on the
Several coaches arrived Thursday and the rest came on propane tank may need attention so if you own one of
Friday. On Saturday we all gathered and went to the these and haven’t received your recall – call Gary @ 303
Anheuser-Bush Brewery for a tour, a visit with the 934-9222.
horses and tasting of the latest products. The tour guide
was a young man attending CSU and studying commu- The June Show-N-Tell for Nolan’s RV is scheduled for
nications. He asked for questions and was pleasantly Saturday June 6th and President Joy asked members to
surprised by the amount of questions our group asked. be there around 10:30 with a dozen cookies to share.
The economy has been particularly rough on RV dealers
After the tour we went out to the paddocks and visited and we will probably not have a visit to Casey’s this
with the 5 horses in residence. They are truly magnifi- year.
cent animals. Of course, the Columbines were not going
to forego the tasting and had a fine time sampling all of The membership approved Columbine seeds for the
the new products. The gift shop was open and gained “goodie bags” at the State Rally in September.
quite a few sales from the Columbines as well!
It was announced that Jack & Jackie Ferndelli will be
The rain did not "dampen" our spirits, we got to spend a selling their coach so Jack’s position of Director-at-
lot of time visiting and playing games. As always, our Large would be open. John & Nancy Cousins
wagon masters provided a super Friday evening dinner volunteered to fill the vacancy.
and a great Sunday brunch. And, of course, on Sunday
the skies were blue and the sun was shining brightly on Nancy Morton told of the June 19-22 outing at Ft.
us as we departed for our homes. Robinson in Nebraska. To sign up call Diane Klibbe @
303 694-4906 BY JUNE 1. Camping is $58 for 3 nights
Thanks to Cubette Reporter Eva Lieser for this report, and lots of fun activities are planned at this historic site.
which did NOT include the bull! And thanks to wagon
masters Rays & Liesers, who were seen at the May A discussion concerning April outings with our coaches
campout all dried out! followed. It was unanimously decided that we wanted to
continue to have our first outing with our coaches in
April rather than postponing it until May. However,
careful location selection will be a must.
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NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOMED
If anyone has a new prospect for membership, please
contact Nancy & John Cousins with the information
and they will see that the prospective member gets the
information they might need. John & Nancy have volun- NOTE: NEW/CHANGED DATES
teered to be our new Directors of the Columbines, re- DATE OUTING WMIC*______
placing taking over for Jack Ferndelli. (Sorry about Jun 6 (10:30) Show-and-Tell Atencio
that error, everyone knows Jack is irreplaceable!) Nolan’s RV
Congratulations Nancy & John and a super Thank You Jun 19-22 Ft. Robinson State Morton
to Jack for all he has done to for us. Oops another boo-boo. Park & Museum Zimmerman
Crawford, NE Klibbe
Each new member should be getting a packet from
Marvin & Delores Hollenbeck containing name tags and Jul 14-18 Pre-GNR Bartram
Columbine roster, history and other pertinent info. Jul 19-24 GNR- Forest City
Aug 13-16 Palisades, CO Lieser
(Note change) Peach Festival Browne
HEALTH UPDATES PRAYERS WELCOMED
(From the April meeting)
Sep 18–20 CO State Rally Herring
Dick Stanley was due for minor surgery April 21
Don Layton had two stints inserted and is doing OK.
BJ Catlin has moved to independent living and is doing Sep 27 thru Minot, ND Bowman
Oct 4 Norsk Hostfest Krous
We keep all these members in our thoughts and prayers.
Oct 16-18 La Junta/KOA Thompson
Fall Festival Richardson
JUNE OUTING AT FT. ROBINSON
Nov. 22 Candlelight Dinner Dugdale
Don’t miss this special outing June 19th through 21st in
12:30pm Theater @Johnson’s Corner
Nebraska. This event is filled with fun activities like a
(New) “Christmas by Candlelight”
steak cook-out, tours of historic buildings, a play
featuring Patsy Cline music, and much more.
Dec 5 Christmas Party Ferndelli
Mt. Vernon CC Browne
Our Wagonmasters for this adventure are the Mortons,
Zimmermans, and Diane Klibbe. To make your reserva-
* WMIC = Wagonmaster(s) in Charge
tions call Diane at 303 694-4906. The 3 night camping
is a bargain at only $58, but Diane needs to hear from
you by JUNE 1.
NOVEMBER CULTURAL EVENT NOW SET FOR SALE: Columbine Patches $1 –
Sunday, November 22nd at 12:30 pm will find the
Also the “File of Life” is available. It is a handy
Columbines enjoying a gourmet dinner and the musical
compact form which contains all your vital medical
“Christmas By Candlelight”, at the Candlelight Dinner
information (once filled out).
Theater at Johnson’s Corner. The delightful show is
Call Ken Kyes 303-438-9205
filled with holiday songs and cheer, warm wishes and
FOR SALE: The white polo shirts with the famous
even a few surprises to get us all into the holiday spirit.
Colorado Columbine logo will be available soon. They
come with or without pockets and are in the $20-$25
The Candlelight is Colorado’s newest dinner theater range. Show your pride and give Delores Hollenbeck
with table service by a wait staff of non-actors. Tickets a call for all the details and your order.
for the dinner and show will be only $40 per person, 303 798-5831
which includes tax and gratuity and a non-alcoholic be-
verage. Such a DEAL!!
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CUB REPORTER MUSINGS
Guess we have just about the best camping group any-
where and you know why. No cliques. Great fun. New
places to go. Great fellowship, food and people always
ready to step up to help.
2010 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Your help is needed. Step up and call Roland Ray
DATE OUTING WMIC*______ and pick a blue one
Jan RV Show Cousins
Feb Snow Bunny
Mar Out of Hibernation Atencio
May Johnson’s Corner White
2011 Planning Mtg. Kyes
Jun 18-20 Canon City KOA Atencio
Jul 14-17 Pre-GNR Bartram
Jul 18-24 Grand Nat. Rally
Sep 17-19 State Rally Kyes
Lakeside KOA- Ft. Collins
Sep 24-27 Moab. UT Bowman 2009 COLORADO COLUMBINE’S OFFICERS:
President – Joy Atencio 303 777-6563
Oct 15-17 Fall Festival Lieser
Greeley KOA Mason VP – Irv Lieser 970-266-0011
Nov Cultural Event Zimmerman Secretary – Eva Lieser 970-266-0011
Morton Treasurer – Leola Krous 303 934-9222
Director – Nancy&John Cousins 303 682-5269
Dec 4 Christmas Party Browne Director – Roland Ray 303 771-9422
Mt. Vernon CC (winter 928 726-3776)
NOTE: Chaplin – Ray Bowman 303-795-9255
Events in black have been approved by membership Cub
Events in blue need serious help Reporter – Dick Dugdale 303 795-7744
* WMIC = Wagonmaster(s) in Charge email@example.com
NEW WEBMASTER BOWMAN TO UPDATE WEBSITE welcomed
Articles welcomed or we make things up
Ray Bowman has “volunteered” to be our new web-
master and update the Columbine’s website. Since Ray
claims to be somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean on a
cruise, please give him a couple months to bring it up to
date. Thanks Ray and a BIG THANKS to Diane
Klibbe, who created our Website initially.
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