What better time to write our NE article, having just returned from our Fall Rally in the Finger Lake Region of Bath, NY. Our chapter always starts out Thursday evening with a potluck dinner to go along with our meeting. We welcomed our first time attendees: Belinda & Terry Moorefield, Mary & Roy Wicklund, Barbara & Carl Bullock, and Rise & Jack Gian, Selene & Hank Montgomery, who are also our newest NE members! Welcome to our chapter! Our most fun members, Brenda and James Anderson always have something special in store….how about a birthday party for all of us??

This party was complete with games, prizes, and CAKE! Next day found the group touring Pleasant Valley Winery, home of Great Western Champagne, and some magnificent old buildings. There’s lots of history in this area, mostly about wine! This area is known for Chardonnay’s and Rieslings, along with many more. Harvest season was just beginning- you could buy grapes at roadside stands, along with delicious grape pie made with concord grapes. Our base was Hickory Hill Family RV Resort in Bath, nearby was Keuka Lake with the quaint village of Hammondsport. Friday we took a short drive through beautiful rolling countryside to Seneca Lake, where we enjoyed a boat tour of the lake. Who knew this area produces almost all the salt for the U.S. No matter what brand or type of salt you buy, it’s ALL the same!!

The park provided a delicious clam bake/barbeque chicken dinner Saturday night, and Sunday morning was our NE Breakfast. Our die-hard cooks showed up at 6 AM to help make this one of our best yet! Monday morning everyone gathered for donuts and coffee before hitting the road…unless you were like Jack and I along with a few others and stayed a few more days. Tuesday morning Johnny Spacek and I took a seaplane ride over Keuka Lake. Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe our views. Breath taking doesn’t even describe it, just gorgeous looking down at vineyards and lakes! With our NE rally in the rear view mirror I WAS focusing on the NE regional rally coming up in November in Sunshine Key, FL. After Hurricane Irma devastated the Keys, pictures and info prompted the difficult decision to cancel. The Keys survive on tourism, so I am sure they will be ready for us next year, mark you calendars now for November 8-12, 2018!

I’d like to thank our new officers for our chapter: Brenda and James Anderson are our new treasurer and membership team, and Wendy Gaynor is our new secretary. I think our first meeting in Bath as a team was a success and I’m thrilled to have an almost full slate of officers! They keep me on as president, not sure why but I do love this group and enjoy being a part.

Keith Hermann is already planning a rolling rally to the National Rally next summer in Spearfish, SD- the more the merrier! So much to see in the area, we are looking forward to this adventure! Feel free to join us along the way, I’ll share plans as time progresses.

Safe travels this fall as many head to their winter destinations, and keep your eyes open….you never know who you may run into along the way!

Claudia Rutherford