Greetings Members

As most of you know, Mike Chavarela passed away on January 16, 2018, due to complications from diabetes. Debbie sent a special club notice in honor of Mike on January 24. Mike was a well-respected member of our club, and his presence will be sorely missed.

Debbie and I want to express our heartfelt condolences to Mike's wife Mary Esther, who continues to be an active member of the club.
Our first rally for 2018 was held in Yuma, Arizona and this was a terrific rally. One of our excursions involved traveling to Los Algodones, Mexico for the day. It was a quick ride to the border, where we parked and walked across. There were other excursions to Yuma Territorial Prison and Lutes Casino. Debbie and I also enjoyed meeting members we hadn’t met before: Tom and BJ Mackle, Martin Messina and Lisa and Paul Vanderwiel. I also want to congratulate Jenelle and Don Alastra for an outstanding first rally! I think it goes without saying that everyone had a great time, and we all look forward to their next one!

Debbie and I had a side trip after the Yuma rally to see our friend Sheri who has retired to San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Sheri showed us all the fun places and things to do there. We had a great time visiting with her, and the one and a half hour border crossing back into the US wasn’t too bad.

On our way home, we stayed at an RV Park in El Centro, CA. Overnight, we discovered that one of our circuit breakers had failed; all of a sudden we couldn’t get 30 amp power from the park, but only 20 amp was available, so we had partial power. I’m not sure about all the Chinook models, but our Destiny has the circuit breakers conveniently located in the galley area. We discovered that the breaker that failed was a tandem, which was easily replaceable. Since our rig is 17 years old, I wasn’t surprised that this happened.  

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.

  • Mark Atherton and Tina Leakakos - San Diego, California
  • Nick and Claudette Lestenkof - Silverdale, Washington
  • Martin Messina - Bakersfield, California
  • Lisa and Paul Vanderwiel - Wakaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Rick and Patti Anthony - Kenmore, Washington
  • John and Amy LaDue - Anacortes, Washington
  • Dale and Mary Frank - Lakebay, Washington

Our rally schedule is complete for 2018, but I would like to ask our members to start thinking about where you might want to have a rally for 2019. So far, Quincy is scheduled for May 2019. Feel free to send us an email or call with any ideas you may have about possibly hosting a rally. We really appreciate your input and support!!

~ Bob Shetland, President

Upcoming Rallies Snapshot
  • McMinnville, OR - In May 17, Out May 20, 2018 - Olde Stone Village,, hosted by Darlene and Dean Warrick. (see article)
  • 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)

  • Quincy, CA - In May 16, Out May 19, 2019 - Pioneer RV Park,, hosted by Debbie & Bob Shetland
Please Consider Hosting a Rally in 2019 or 2020
  • Wouldn't you like to choose a place close to home or introduce the club to your favorite RV park?
  • And how about saving some money? As host your site would be reimbursed, including coming in the day before and leaving the day after, plus you will get reimbursed for budgeted group expenses like food and wine for the Meet & Greet.

Contact me at
I'll walk you through it and help you along the way . . . 'cause that's my job.

Debbie Shetland, V.P. of Rallies
YUMA, AZ - Rally Recap
  Held February 7 - 11, 2018
At the Blue Sky Ranch RV - Hosted by Jenelle & Don Alastra

Boy did we have fun in Yuma, AZ! Our hosts Jenelle and Don Alastra did a wonderful job and took on a lot more than they had to for a mini rally.

We officially had 16 coaches with 30 Chinookers from the club but met two other couples with Chinooks. By the end of the rally Paul and Lisa Vanderwiel (pictured right) decided to sign up - glad this crazy bunch didn't scare them away!
Thanks for the help!
I want to send out a special thanks to everyone who took pictures at the rally so we could have a great photographic history of our Yuma rally: Jim Geleszinski, Jane & Jerry Earley, Mary Esther Chavarela, Dean & Darlene Warrick, Dave Shehane and, of course, my hubby Bob.
Here are the rest or our attendees:
Our Hosts: Don & Jenelle Alastra
Doug & Oleta Askerman
Marc & Diana Boswell
Mary Esther Chavarela
Bob & Mary Coleman
Marty & Tom Dittmar
Laura & Wayne Duncan
Jane & Jerry Earley
Jim & Juliana Geleszinski
Barbara & Ole Jensen
BJ & Tom Mackle
Martin Messina
Jim & Monique Parsons
Dave & Patsy Shehane
Bob & Debbie Shetland
Dean & Darlene Warrick
WEDNESDAY: The first afternoon many of us gathered for an "Attitude Adjustment" happy hour next to Jenelle and Don's site - unfortunately Jenelle and Don couldn't join us because they were busy preparing a sumptuous spaghetti dinner that we enjoyed in the Rec. Room. Yum!
Our hard-working hosts ready to serve.
Jane surprised Jenelle with flowers.
THURSDAY: The next morning we were off to Los Algodones for shopping, inexpensive optical care for a few people, then a tasty lunch and even a little dancing at El Paraiso. That night we got together back at the "Ranch" for a delicious potluck.
FRIDAY: In the morning a few people visited Yuma Territorial Prison - luckily now it's a museum and park, so none of the rascals in our group were detained. Although, later on a familiar-looking "Yuma Criminal" was exposed at Lutes Casino where a bunch of Chinookers enjoyed lunch and some interesting decor.

That night we took our group picture, had our second potluck full of lots of good eats, sat by the fire, and some brave souls even did Karaoke! Thanks, Mary Esther, for bringing your Karaoke machine and music.
Attendees presented Jenelle and Don with a card to thank them for volunteering to be hosts and putting together a fantastic rally.
Bob presented an engraved gavel to Past-President Dave Shehane for his service. What's up Dave? It's only 2 1/2 years overdue.
SATURDAY: In the morning we had our Book Exchange and Tech Talk, then the rest of the day was free to relax or do sight seeing on our own. In the evening a bunch of us went across the street for the Saturday night dance at Country Roads Resort. Some walked, and Jenelle and Don drove the others over. We took our own drinks and snacks and had a great time listening to a country duo called The Dakota Players . . . and after we had a bit of wine, we even got out on the dance floor. What a fun way to end a great rally. Thanks again to Jenelle and Don for a super job!
In May 17 - Out May 20, 2018
Olde Stone Village ~ Located in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country
Tree-lined streets and soft grassy knolls are just part of the appeal of Olde Stone Village, McMinnville Oregon’s premier recreational vehicle park and community. Tucked into the rolling landscape of Yamhill County , the park offers easy access to highways, as well as McMinnville’s shops, restaurants, scenic vineyards, historic attractions, and roadside produce stands stocked with your seasonal favorites.
LOCATION: Olde Stone Village, 4155 NE Three Mile Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128
>>> Important be sure to set any navigational devices to avoid ferries!<<<
HOSTS: Darlene and Dean Warrick
RESERVATIONS & CONTACT:  All of our sites are taken, and the park is full.
If you are hoping for a cancellation, please email both Darlene and Dean Warrick and Debbie Shetland Also call Olde Stone Village at (877) 472-4315, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM; let them know you're part of the Chinook RV Club and ask to be put on a waiting list.
COST: $138.00 includes 3 nights ($46.00/night), less 10% Good Sam Discount
  • Thursday, 5-17: Check-in Time is 1:00 pm. Meet & Greet with Wine & Dinner around 5:00 pm.
  • Friday, 5-18: Book Exchange and Tech Talk at 10:00 am. Free day to check out the Annual UFO Festival or area attractions below. Group picture at 5:30 pm. Potluck at 6:00 pm.
  • Saturday 5-19: Free day and night. If you're into parades, the UFO Festival Parade is at 2:00 pm. There's a link to the entire UFO Festival Schedule below.
  • Sunday 5-20: Check-out Time is 11:00 am. Travel home safely.
McMenamins 19th Annual UFO Festival ~ At Hotel Oregon in McMinnville
Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, 2018
They're prepping the landing gear for their 19th annual UFO Festival, inviting UFO-curious and fun-seekers alike for multiple days of fun and mind-expanding opportunities!

Events include: more live music than ever, the always-fun UFO parade, pet costume contest, 5K alien dash, costume ball, a new wine tasting event, a new UFO/alien trivia night, and so much more.

Speakers are: Jeremy Corbell, UFO phenomena researcher and filmmaker, speaking about the government’s UFO secrecy and Area 51; Randall Nickerson & Ariel School Eyewitnesses talking about an alien craft encounter; and George Knapp, an award-winning journalist and radio host who will reveal new information about Skinwalker Ranch. Tickets to speakers’ events are available now.

Peruse the whole lineup of events and plan on joining in the fun: see the full schedule at
Evergreen Aviation Space Museum
Home of the famous "Spruce Goose"
Adjacent to Olde Stone Village
Bayou Golf Course
5.3 miles from Olde Stone Village
Spirit Mountain Casino
29.1 miles from Olde Stone Village
In July 26 - Out July 29, 2018
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
RESERVATIONS & CONTACT:  Contact Bill Dare at or (541) 936-0485. Please also copy Debbie Shetland at
  • Sign up for Free Wine Tasting
  • Sign up for Cheese and Butter Making Class (see cost below)
SPECIAL NEEDS: Tell Bill and Anne if you have special needs, so the park can put you closer to the Club House.
COST: $90.00 for 30 amp, $105.00 for 50 amp; add $5.00 per person for Cheese and Butter Making Class.
DEADLINE: June 1, 2018 but make your reservation with Bill right away, so you don't miss out. (Our McMinnville rally filled up right away!)
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. Make sure you sign up for this when you make your reservation with Bill.
Cheese and Butter Making Class
We will have a cheese and butter making class at just $5 ea. for supplies. Sign up when you register and include payment in your check.

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
COST: Single $203.00, Double $260.00
DEADLINE: September 1, 2018, but let me know right away , so we know how many are interested in case we need to reserve more sites!!!

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

Since this is our Annual Meeting with elections, we need lots of you to participate. 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.