October 2015 Rally

Dates: October 14-18, 2015

Location: Asheville, NC

Hosts: Dave and Evelyn Crabtree

Campground:FMCA GEAR Rally

Five coaches from the Cardinal Virginians joined some 380 other coaches from across the Greater Eastern Area for the 2015 GEAR Rally in Asheville, North Carolina, October 14th through the 18th. Attendees were the Barton’s, the Monroe’s, the Bowers’, the Matthews’ and the Crabtree’s. Members Jerry and Millie Cohen were there also, but their many duties at GEAR kept them tied up 24/7!

This served as our Chapter’s October Rally and was hosted by the Crabtree’s.

What a beautiful place to Rally – in the North Carolina mountains with all the fall colors and the many sights to see and things to do! The weather could not have been better (unlike at some past GEAR Rallies) nor the meeting facilities more enjoyable.

There were lots of new RV’s to drool over and several were sold, making it worthwhile for the displaying dealers to keep supporting our rally. The number of seminars seemed to be down a bit – there were a total of 31- but they were high quality and well attended. Thirty-four vendors displayed their wares, again, down slightly from previous rallies. But the number of art and craft classes were up both in number and quality, and the entertainment was outstanding all three nights.

The 2016 GEAR Rally will be held October 5th through the 9th and will be at the fairground in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Our former President, Rick Roberson, had lobbied strongly for GEAR to come to Lewisburg and it looks like his hard work paid off. We are the closest Chapter in GEAR to this site. It will not get closer to us, so mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2016 Rally!

Submitted by Dave Crabtree