Greetings and salutations from the South Central Chapter.  Hasn’t this winter been fun so far??  February is supposed to hold a couple more surprises for the South.  I have adopted a Darwinistic attitude for all our tropical plants “only the strong will survive!”  I won’t worry about them until March.  We have had two snows on the Gulf Coast and more days of freezing temperature than I can recall from recent history.  Add our problems to those of fires and mudslides in California, deep freeze in the North East . . enough is enough.

South Central is hanging in there, hope ya’ll are too.  Our service dog project is coming along with our chapter donations for a second trained dog closing in on the $10,000 goal.  Otherwise, not much happening in January.  February has Mardi Gras and for some of us that’s an opportunity to get together and party.

We have eighteen coaches registered and heading to Elk Horn RV Resort in Spearfish, SD for the national rally.  This makes us excited for the opportunity to share this great location with our friends and folks from other chapters.  Mt. Rushmore, the Bad Lands and all the wonders that go along the way will surely make this a memorable trip.  Evidently other members of the big organization feel the same way, we just heard last week from our president, Tony Ford, that registration is full and a wait list has been created.  It is expected that there will be cancellations and spots will open up so if you haven’t and want to, get your name on the list (register).

We are pretty certain that by our May Day Chapter Rally near Lake Livingston, TX the weather will finally have settled back to normal.  Until then we’ll enjoy the Winter Olympics and our world class athletes representing America.

Be safe as you travel this beautiful nation.  May the road be kind to you and your travels are filed with joy.  As always, we pray for protection of our service men and women as they undergo the perils of their job.

Happy trails and look forward to seeing you in Spearfish, South Dakota.

~Allen Meek

South Central Chapter