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Greetings Members

As most of you know, “Big Al” Enriquez, passed away on April 14 due to congestive heart failure. Debbie sent a special club notice in honor of “Big Al” on April 21. “Big Al” was a Charter Member of the Club, and he always had a friendly outlook and a song in his heart. He penned the now-famous “Chinook Song”, which he always played at every rally he and Lucy attended. Also, “Big Al’s” favorite other song was “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. While we could not attend his funeral services, Kelli and Jerry Scheese were in attendance.

On behalf of the Chinook RV Club, Debbie and I want to express our heartfelt condolences to Lucy and her family.
Our second rally for this year was held in McMinnville Oregon. It was very well attended, and I believe everyone had a great time! The Olde Stone Village RV Park was probably the most well-landscaped that we’ve ever seen. Darlene and Dean Warrick hosted their first rally here, and they did an outstanding job! There was plenty to see and do locally as well. See below for the full recap.

Our next rally will be in Sutherlin OR, and looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!  

Welcome New Members
It’s my privilege to welcome the following new members. Thank you so very much for joining our club, and we hope to see you at future rallies.

  • Doug and Kathleen Sapp - Omak, Washington
  • Patty Doane - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Donna and Bryan Golden - Maple Valley, Washington
~ Bob Shetland, President
Upcoming Rallies Snapshot
  • Sutherlin, OR - In July 26, Out July 29, 2018 - Hi-Way Haven RV Park,, hosted by Bill and Anne Dare. (see article)
  • Las Vegas, NV (15th Annual) - In October 17, Out October 21, 2018 - Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town,, hosted by Debbie & Bob Shetland. (see article)

  • Need a Mini Rally in February or March 2019
  • Quincy, CA - In May 16, Out May 19, 2019 - Pioneer RV Park,, hosted by Debbie & Bob Shetland
  • Need another 2019 Mini Rally
  • Need a 2019 Annual Rally

Please Consider Hosting a Rally in 2019 or 2020
Contact me at
I'll send you a checklist, walk you through it, and help you along the way.

~ Debbie Shetland, V.P. of Rallies
Held May 17- 20, 2018
At the Olde Stone Village - Hosted by Darlene & Dean Warrick
Many thanks to Darlene and Dean Warrick for choosing a great spot and putting on a wonderful rally! We had 17 rigs (9 Concourse, 3 Destiny, 1 Premier, 1 Glacier 1 Summit, 1 Trek Safari 2610, and 1 Airstream Flying Cloud) with 32 Chinookers. You'll notice that some of the rigs aren't Chinooks. That's because we don't want to lose our friends when they sell their Chinooks; they can continue with the club as Associate Members, enjoying all aspects of the club except holding office.

It was heartwarming to see so many old friends, and exciting to meet so many new members from Washington - what a marvelous group. Getting to check out so many different rigs was fun too.

Olde Stone Village is a beautiful RV park, and a lovely location for a rally. They boast tree-lined streets and soft grassy knolls - and they are not kidding. The trees were plentiful and of various types, and the grass was a rich full green and beautifully manicured. It was just an elegant setting. It's always lovely to see all those Chinooks lined up as well.
Thanks for the help!
I want to send out a special thanks to everyone who took pictures, so we could have a great photographic history of our McMinnville rally: Bill Dare, Darlene Warrick, Gene Johnson, Terry Preston, Patti Anthony and, of course, my hubby Bob.
Our Attendees
(Don't we look like a happy bunch!!!)
Our Hosts: Darlene & Dean Warrick
Salem, Oregon
Don & Jenelle Alastra
Yuma, Arizona
Patti & Rick Anthony (First Rally)
Kenmore, Washington
Kathy Bailey & Jan Olmsted
Carmichael, California
Ray & Linda Blackburn
Ione, California
Garry & Lucy Brown
Comox, British Columbia
Bill & Anne Dare
Albany, Oregon
Laura & Wayne Duncan
Gig Harbor, Washington
Margie Froess
San Jose, California
Barb & Jim Horton (First Rally)
Black Diamond, Washington
Ole & Barbara Jensen
West Covina, California
Gene & Marcia Johnson
Kennewick, Washington
Claudette & Nick Lestenkoff (First Rally) Silverdale, Washington
Terry Preston
Bellingham, Washington
Doug & Kathleen Sapp (First Rally)
Omak, Washington
Kelli & Jerry Schesse
Portland, Oregon
Bob & Debbie Shetland
Mission Viejo, Callifornia
Our Canine Attendees
(Special thanks to Patti Anthony for the idea and for taking most of the pictures!)
Dixie Alastra
Flora Anthony
Bentley Bailey
Anna Blackburn
Max Duncan
Chevy Horton
Lilly Johnson
Alfie Preston
Trixie Preston
George & Scarlet Scheese
"Arf!" "Arf!"
What We Did At The Rally
THURSDAY: Although a few people came in a day early, the rally actually started Thursday. On our arrival, Darlene surprised the ladies with handmade reversible bags filled with an extensive collection of brochures, maps and guides that told us everything about the area. I love denim, so chose the bag pictured below, but there were lots of other colors and designs. Thanks, Darlene, for going to all the trouble of making these great bags for us!

That night we had our "Meet & Greet" at the park clubhouse. We enjoyed wine from local wineries, vegetables with dip, pizza, and some yummy fudge. It was a great evening of getting to know each other.
FRIDAY: In the morning we had our Book Exchange and Tech Talk in the clubhouse. We had the rest of the day free to visit, enjoy the park, and check out the area. That evening we gathered at the Gazebo, where Darlene gave away three raffle prizes, and we took our group picture. Afterwards, everyone brought something to share for our potluck. Tasty food and wonderful company.
SATURDAY: This was a free day. Some people went to town, some to the coast, some to the Evergreen Aviation Space Museum (see pictures below), and some just stayed in the park. Bob and I got out some Chinook RV Club historical binders, and quite a few people came by to enjoy them.

Late afternoon we gathered at Darlene and Dean's site for a casual Happy Hour. We took this opportunity to give them a thank you card from the group and go over future rallies. Lots of people signed up for the Sutherlin and Las Vegas rallies, and a few talked to me about what it takes to host a rally. I'm hoping that our Washington members decide to host a mini rally in 2019.

Jenelle Alastra told us about Harvest Hosts , a network of wineries, farms and attractions in the U.S. and Canada that invite self-contained RVs to visit and stay overnight (no hook-ups or dump stations). Membership is $49.00 for twelve months, and RV members are encouraged to support local economies by making purchases from their Hosts. Check it out:

This relaxing final gathering was a delightful way to end a great rally. Thanks again to Darlene and Dean for a super job!
In July 26 - Out July 29, 2018
See Drive-In Movies ~ Enjoy Root Beer Floats
Free Wine Tasting ~ Learn How to Make Cheese and Butter
Lots more to do in the area ~ Check out the Visitors Guide Here !
Hi-Way Haven RV Park ~ Home of the Drive-In Movie Experience
Hi-Way Haven RV Park is built on the site of a classic drive-in theater and provides guests with a nostalgic drive-in movie experience (free of charge). Watch classic films in the tradition of the 50's and 60's while enjoying the comforts of your RV! The park will even provide a free bag of popcorn! In addition to the free movies, the RV park has lots of shade trees, park benches, old-fashioned horseshoes, a game room complete with pool tables, and we'll have exclusive use of the club house and patio area with two large outside grills.
***Enjoy Root Beer Floats for just $1.00 - available Thursday, Friday and Saturday.***
LOCATION: Hi-Way Haven RV Park, 609 Fort McKay Rd, Sutherlin, OR 97479 
HOSTS: Bill and Anne Dare
DATES: In July 26 - Out July 29, 2018
RESERVATIONS & CONTACT:  We're all booked, but if you want to be put on a waiting list in case someone has to cancel, email Anne Dare at and copy Debbie Shetland at
SITES RESERVED: 14  - All reserved.
COST: $90.00 for 30 amp, $105.00 for 50 amp; plus $5.00 per person cash to cover the materials for the Cheese and Butter Making Class.
DEADLINE: June 26th
PETS: Pets are welcome, but there is a limit of 2 dogs per RV. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times, and must not be left outside unattended. The park does not allow Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, or any other aggressive dogs.
Free Wine Tasting!!!
We're going to have free wine tasting right at Hi-Way Haven by Henry Estate Winery.
Cheese and Butter Making Class
We will have a cheese and butter making class at just $5 ea. for supplies.

Ford’s Pond, Cooper Creek Reservoir, Plat I Reservoir, Red Rock Trail, Sutherlin Dog Park, Hartley Park, Central Park, Oak Hills Golf Club, Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park, etc. . . .

Check out the Sutherlin Visitors Guide!
LAS VEGAS, NV (15th Annual Rally)
In October 17 - Out October 21, 2018
Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town ~ Premiere RV Campground & Casino
Guests of the Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town are just steps away from one of the largest Casino resorts on the Boulder Strip, Sam's Town Hotel and Casino. While staying with KOA, campers are privy to utilize the free Sam's Town shuttle service to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.

The KOA also offers guests all the amenities of the casino. Enjoy your favorite games in the 133,000 square-foot casino, or catch a flick on one of 18 screens at the in-house movie theater. Other amenities include a 56-lane bowling alley, indoor gardens and waterfall park with daily laser light show , live Vegas entertainment at Roxy's and Sam's Town Live, and more! Dining options range from an award-winning steakhouse to a Mexican cantina, Firelight Buffet, and casual dining options, including T.G.I. Fridays and quick bites at the food court.
LOCATION: Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town, 5225 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122 
HOSTS: Debbie and Bob Shetland
RESERVATIONS & CONTACT:  Contact Debbie Shetland at or (949) 300-5231
SITES RESERVED: 25 (Just added 5 more sites.)
COST: Single $203.00, Double $260.00
DEADLINE: September 1, 2018, but let me know right away

DINNER and ANNUAL MEETING: Friday, 10-19, at Sam's Town Casino. Buffet dinner with cash bar.

We're very excited that we've already filled 21 sites. The four available sites may fill up quickly too, so contact me now to reserve your spot.

Hope to see you there!
Chinook History Since 1938
Check out the complete history of Chinooks from the beginning in 1938 and see how they evolved over the years. It's a great story!
Chinook RV Club
Vehicle Name Plaques Available
    Available to Members for Just $35.00  
These plaques are durable engraved plastic, so they will not fade or wear out, and come with a chain to hang on your Chinook. Club members proudly display them at rallies to identify their coaches.

To order send your check for $35 directly to Barbara Jensen, 1255 S. Sandy Hill Drive, West Covina, CA 91791. Include the names as you would like them displayed on the plaque, including your city, state. 
  Club Officers 2018
    Bob Shetland
V. P. Membership:
    Dave Shehane
V. P. Rallies:
    Debbie Shetland
    Patsy Shehane 
    Mary Coleman
    Bill Dare and Jim Geleszinski
Immediate Past President:
    Dave Shehane
Other Club Positions
    Dave Shehane
    Debbie Shetland
Club Historian:
   PURPOSE: This Club (Chinook RV Club) exists to promote social, recreational & informational exchange activities that provide for the enjoyment and pleasurable use of all its members. Our club functions primarily in the western and central US, although it is open to qualified members from the Eastern club (Chinook Camping Club).
   DUES : Our dues are $35.00/year. Our fiscal and membership year is October 1 through September 30. Prompt payment not only helps Treasurer in budgeting expenses, but also helps the V.P. Membership to produce our Membership Directory. Please advise V.P. Membership of any changes in e-mail and mailing addresses.