Meeting Minutes
PRESIDENT’S MEETING
IDAHO GOOD SAM ORGANIZATION
PRESIDENT’S MEETING
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
MC CALL, IDAHO

The meeting was called to order by Dale VonSteen, Past State Director, acting on behalf of Gordon Harris, State Director. Roll was called with 20 chapters represented. The minutes of the Spring Fling, April 28, 2011 were read by Joan Strawn, secretary. They were approved as read. The treasurer’s report January 1, 2011 thru August 31, 2011 was distributed.

Dutch Oven Cook Off: Continuing this event at future samborees was discussed. Jim & Mary Allen have some ideas they will present at the General meeting. Boots Otto, Assistant Director Area 5, suggested ribbons instead of prizes to reduce costs.

The $1000.00 Use: Suggestions sent to Gordon were read by the secretary included a raffle, with the money raised used toward paying for entertainment at the next samboree, to build chapters and to fund prizes for the dutch oven cookoff. The possibility of a reader board purchase to help those who have hearing loss to better understand the discussions. Up grade our sound equipment. Mike Sturman has a suggestion regarding earphone units that might be more useful than a reader board. Some want to use the funds to increase chapter membership. The Capitol Gypsies are having an outing at Riverside Park in October. They are inviting non members to join them to try out the Good Sam experience. Ron Thomas suggested the purchase of a defibrillator. Tom Cole suggested setting up a booth or display at the RV Sale at the Boise Fairgrounds in January, perhaps with a video of some of our fun. Rick Stone added that perhaps doing this each year for a while might yield further interest.

Joan Strawn, secretary discussed updating the chapter rosters and distributed copies from National to be updated to those present. Please return a hard copy to Joan by October 31st and to Mavis Cronk, Treasurer with $4 dues/rig. Please also update your on line roster, being sure all GS#s are all current on both documents. You can monitor your chapter roster on the site for membership date expirations and keep track each month. Contact Jerry Robertson, webmaster for assistance if you need assistance.

Jerry Robertson discussed home pages for chapters. He will set one up for each chapter and enter their information if they send it to him. He can help you with access or any other help you need. There is no cost to your chapter.

Mate Maitland, Legislative Representative touched on the campground use survey he sent to each chapter. He is compiling statistics to use in retrieving funds that have been directed to the Idaho General Fund from our RV sticker registration fees. He is also a member of the Idaho Recreation Council, a group of users of state recreation sites such as boaters, cyclists, and others. They plan to contact the attorney General to question the constitutional correctness of this action.

Dale VonSteen reminded that the election of treasurer would take place at the General meeting . Mavis Cronk is a candidate and other nominations may come from the floor.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:40 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Joan Strawn, Secretary Idaho Good Sam


GENERAL MEETING
IDAHO GOOD SAM ORGANIZATION
GENERAL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
MC CALL, IDAHO

The meeting was called to order by Dale VonSteen, past State Director acting for Gordon Harris State Director. The pledge of allegiance was given and a prayer was offered by Joan VonSteen. Dale introduced Darvin Fisher, Alaska State Director. He also introduced Virgil Tinker, President High Desert Drifters, our newest chapter.

Roll was taken with 23 chapters represented. The minutes of the General Meeting, April 29, 2011, Jerome, Idaho meeting were read. Roger Heinbach, Caldwell Ramblers, moved that they be approved as read. The motion was seconded by Clarence Gohl, Happy Samers. Motion was approved. Treasurer’s Reports were distributed to those who had not received one. With no discussion from the floor, Dale declared the report would stand for audit.

Mate Maitland, Legislative Representative, has attended and joined the Idaho Recreation Council, a group of representatives of snow mobile, Atv, rafters, boaters and Rvers. A survey, regarding campground use, to provide statistics in questioning the use/transfer of RV sticker funds is being circulated among these recreationalists. Questions may be directed to the attorney general concerning recent legislative and gubernatorial directives regarding use of the sticker funds.

SOUTHERN IDAHO CAMPOUT-SEPT 29-0CT 2, 2011 Boots Otto welcomes everyone to come. Lots of fun and fellowship are planned.

SPRING FLING – JEROME COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – APRIL 18-20, 2012“COME TO THE COUNTY FAIR” Boots Otto, assistant director area 5, plans are being made.

2012 SAMBOREE – BLACKFOOT COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – JUNE 6-10, 2012 “HERE WE HAVE IDAHO” Jennie McCormick, assistant director area 7, announced a sculpture contest. Each chapter is encouraged to create an Idaho theme sculpture including your chapter name and town to be no more than 6 feet tall. These will be used as stage and other decorations. Dutch oven cook off, cake walk and tour of Fort Hall Bottoms are some things planned. Camping near the meeting hall is mostly dry.

2012 FALL ROUNDUP – KOOTENAI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, COEUR D’ ALENE – SEPT 12-16, 2012 Larry Weir, assistant director area 1, reported that parking with electric will be available for $12.50/day. Farragut State Park is nearby at Sandpoint, Bird Museum (medical device and aviation) and Silverwood Theme Park are nearby attractions.

COMMITTEE REPORT: DOGS FOR THE DEAF Carol Deutsche reported that during 2010 Palouse Rolling Hills made a $5000 contributions, sponsoring a dog, which was their third sponsorship of a dog over the years. After the 2011 samboree the Jim Lindsey raffle contributed $100 and Payette Rovers contributed $300. In the interim Sourdough Sams contributed $100 and Treasure Valley Sams contributed a $15 memorium. Donations during this meeting were as follows: Twin Falls Bluebirds $1000, Payette Rovers $1500 Samantha Sammettes $117, North Kootenai Good Sams $100, Silver Valley Sams $225, Kaveman Travelers $1267, Caldwell Ramblers $3600 (chaired by Darlene Jarrett). These donations totaled $7809. Carol will be contacting these chapters as to their desire for their contributions toward sponsoring a dog from the State. She shared that Dogs for the Deaf really appreciates our continued support of their program.

ELECTION STATE TREASURER: Mavis Cronk was the announced candidate. No further nominations being made from the floor, it was moved by Virgil Tinker, High Desert Drifters that Mavis be declared treasurer and the motion was seconded by Roger Heinbach, Caldwell Ramblers. A voice vote carried.

Joan Strawn, State Secretary, again stated her desire to step down and solicited interested persons to contact Gordon or her.

$1000 NATIONAL FUND USE: Mike Sturman, sound manager, suggested acquiring hearing devices (cell phone size with ear plugs) which could be checked out to individuals during meetings. These would probably cost about $100 each. He needs to check on the cost of a transmitter which would work with the sound system. Kathy Short, Time To Travel, was in favor of something which would benefit everyone. Jamie Thomas, Kaveman Travelers likes Mike Sturman’s suggestion. Ron Thomas, Kaveman Travelers, suggested purchase of a defibrillator. Larry Laird conceded that use of a reader board device would be too cumbersome for our meetings.

PULL TAB CONTEST: #Happy Samers 37#, Capitol Gypsies 40.5#, North Kootenai Good Sams 14#, Caldwell Ramblers 42#, Time To Travel 10#, High Desert Travelers 38# totaling 181.5#. Because each chapter total was not divided by chapter membership a winner was not declared, however a motion to donate the $7 prize was made by Rick Stone, Rolling Eagles, and seconded by Roger Heinbach, Ramblers. Motion carried.

Arlene Peterson, Sourdough Sams, invited anyone to join their campout at the Chalet Resort, Donnelly, Sunday – Tuesday following the Roundup.

Jennie McCormick, assistant director area 7 asked for clarification for vendor fees at samborees. Lucile Wade, past state treasurer, offered clarification. Vendors having booths only with no function attendance, $60; Good Sam Member/vendor, $40. Vendors wishing to attend banqet should pay the meal charge. Good Sam/vendors wishing to attend samboree activities would also pay samboree registration.

Karol Grenier, assistant director area 3 announced a drawing for a free registration for the Alaska Samboree, July 2012 in Wasilla, Alaska. To be drawn at dinner Saturday.

The motion to adjourn was made by Clarence Gohl, Happy Samers and seconded by Joyce Barcus, Capitol Gypsies. Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned by Dale VonSteen, 11:00 am

Respectfully submitted,
Joan Strawn, Secretary Idaho Good Sam

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