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Greetings Members
Hi All,

As I write this, I’m finally looking out our “office” window, seeing bluish skies and NO RAIN! Yep, it’s been raining off and on since mid-December. This is one of longest periods of serious rainfall (17 inches) for us here in Mission Viejo (South Orange County, CA) in many years.

Our Lake Pleasant Rally at the Hank Raymond Lodge, in Peoria, Arizona was a complete success, and I believe Mary and Bob Coleman put on an outstanding rally! It was a very laid-back affair with amazing food options, and we all had three meals each day prepared for us by Mary and Bob! Since a few of our members had to cancel for different reasons, many of us took some of the extra food home.

A real highlight of the Rally was boarding the “Pleasant Harbor” Marina Shuttle, which was a two-story boat with a fully-stocked bar, and the Captain took us around the entire “Upper” Lake Pleasant, which took almost two hours to traverse. Fun times!! I believe everyone had a great time.

Our 2019 Rally schedule is complete, with the following scheduled rallies:

Quincy CA - May
This rally is billed as a “Laid-Back” rally, and is always fun; located in Plumas County CA (144 miles northeast of Sacramento and 82 miles northwest of Reno NV). Lots to do close by the Pioneer RV Park.  

Homecoming Rally - Naches (pronounced “NATcheese”) - July
This one is a “Dry Camp”, meaning we’ll be using our generators, since there will be NO ELECTRICAL, WATER or SEWER HOOKUPS - so make sure your generator is in good running condition. And please arrive with a full water tank. Our hosts, Tom and Marty Dittmar will be obtaining some Porta-Potties for this rally. So far I believe we have at least 30 rigs who are signed up for this one. Make sure to check out the details below!

Las Vegas KOA at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino - October
This will be our 16th Annual Rally, located on the East side of Las Vegas, on Boulder Highway. We were there last October and had a terrific turnout! For this one we plan to add a group excursion.

If You Know Anyone Looking for a Glacier
Former members, Bob and Sherrie St. Hilaire, are selling their 2004 Chinook Glacier. For details, here’s the link to Craigslist in Spokane WA:

Comprehensive Listing of Parts Suppliers
Here’s a really great resource for all our members, courtesy of the East Chinook Camping Club. It’s a valuable listing for many replacement parts for our Chinooks. Here’s the link:

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!

  • Mike Conlon - Tacoma, WA
  • Paul Johnson - Santa Ana, CA
  • Charles and Louise Moran - Carlsbad, CA
  • Mary Kemp - Brandon, OR
  • Larry and Sue Campbell - Kennewick, WA
  • Larry and Patty Stearns - Palm Springs, CA
  • Jim Kirschvink and Martha Moran - Carbondale, CO

~ Bob Shetland, President
2019 Election of Officers
There are two great opportunities opening up for a chance to enhance your enjoyment of the Chinook RV Cub!  In addition to the fun you will have in these positions, it is a wonderful opportunity to help the club stay vital and renewed by new people taking important roles and serving on our board.

The Vice President - Rallies is responsible for recruiting Club Members to act as Rally Hosts ("Wagon Masters") and supports and facilitates the efforts of the Rally Hosts in putting on interesting and attractive events for the Club Members. The Vice President - Rallies is the chairperson of the Rally Committee for which they may select and recruit members to help them in their duties. This very important position is also a Board position and has a three year term.

The Vice President - Membership keeps accurate records of the Club membership; including publishing an Annual Membership Directory and such other Addenda to the Directory as may be necessary to keep the membership informed and up to date. The Vice President - Membership is the chairperson of the Membership Committee for which they may select and recruit members to help them in their duties. They shall also work with and encourage all of the Club Members to increase the Club membership. This key position also is a Board position and has a three year term.

If you have an interest in either of these two positions, or know of someone who is, please contact Dave Shehane, the immediate past president who is in charge of the nominating committee.  

Dave can be reached at or 530-823-8047
~ Dave Shehane, Immediate Past President and V.P. of Membership
Upcoming Rallies Snapshot
  • Quincy, CA - In May 16, Out May 19, 2019 - Pioneer RV Park,, hosted by Jan Olmsted, Kathy Bailey, and Marta Newcomb-Wall. (see article)
  • HOMECOMING RALLY, Naches (Yakima), WA - In July 25, Out July 28, 2019 - Lukehart Running Springs Ranch, hosted by Marty & Tom Dittmar and Debbie Shetland. (see article)
  • Las Vegas, NV (16th Annual) - In October 16, Out October 20, 2019 - Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town,, hosted by Debbie & Bob Shetland. (see article)
  • Lake Pleasant, AZ - Planned for March, 2020 (Possibly In March 17, Out March 20) - Hank Raymond Lodge, hosted by Mary & Bob Coleman.
Think About Hosting a Rally in 2020 or 2021
SAVE $$$ and Have More Fun!!!
  • Don't miss the chance to save a bunch of money - have your site paid for during the entire rally plus a day before and a day after!
  • You choose the location - you get to pick the location; it could even be your favorite RV Park.
  • Have your own ideas about what would be fun to do at a rally? - now's your chance.
  • Get expenses reimbursed up to $500 for a Mini Rally! - for Meet & Greet food, wine, etc. (including your site fees). Hosting an Annual Rally that includes our Annual Business Meeting and Dinner has an increased budget to help cover additional costs.

Contact me at
I'll send you a helpful checklist and guide you through the process,
providing as much or as little help as you would like.

~ Debbie Shetland, V.P. of Rallies
Held March 6-10, 2019
At the Hank Raymond Lodge - Hosted by Mary & Bob Coleman
Front Row: Bob Shetland, Jane Earley, Patsy Shehane, Mary Esther Chavarela, Debbie Shetland, Mary Coleman, Mike Davidson
Middle Row: Glenda Wills, Juliana Geleszinski, Bob Coleman, Jim Geleszinski, Judy Davidson
Back Row: Dave Shehane, Mark Wills, Doug Askerman

Mary and Bob Coleman put on a wonderful relaxing rally at the Hank Raymond Lodge at Lake Pleasant, a private facility on the lower lake for employees and retirees of Maricopa Water District, where Bob used to work.
This is a picture of the floor plan that hangs in the lobby. We had access to a very nice meeting space, a full kitchen, showers, and plenty of bathrooms.
The Coleman's really spoiled us by providing all the meals - even getting up early every morning to get breakfast ready, though some of us didn't wander in until 9:00 or 10:00. We had tons of food for all three meals a day because a third of the people signed up for the rally had to cancel at the last minute due to bad weather in their areas. We ended up with just 15 Chinookers from 8 rigs. So sorry for those who had to miss it, but happy to go home with lots of delicious leftovers.
There was lots of room for our rigs close to the lodge.
Mary & Bob Coleman with Dave & Patsy Shehane
Shehanes' 2004 Glacier
Doug Askerman
2016 Winnebago Vista
Mark & Glenda Wills
1998 Concourse XL
Jane Earley hitched a ride with Mary Esther Chavarela
2003 Concourse
Judy & Mike Davidson
1997 Premier
Everybody really enjoyed the area.
We even got a chance to see wandering donkeys nearby.
And the sunsets were spectacular.
An interesting sight for Mary Esther Chavarela and Mark Wills on their way back from getting some new tires for Mary Esther's rig. One balloon came down so close that when Mary Esther waved, everyone in the basket waved back.

LAKE PLEASANT CRUISE: On Friday we were off for a narrated cruise on Lake Pleasant. Since Doug Askerman has a 30' Winnebago Vista, he volunteered to transport most of us to the marina, and Mary Coleman brought a few in her car. Once at the marina we took golf cart shuttles to the boat.

Thanks again to Mary and Bob for doing everything they did to make this a fantastic rally - for all the planning, organizing, shopping, fishing, cooking, cleaning, visiting, game-playing, lots of laughing . . . and for being such great hosts.

We had such a great time, we talked Mary and Bob into doing it again next year.
2004 Concourse
Thanks for the pictures!
Thanks to everyone who took pictures, so we could have a great photographic history of our Lake Pleasant Rally: Mary Esther Chavarela, Jane Earley, Jim Geleszinski, Dave Shehane, Mark Wills, and my hubby Bob.
QUINCY, CA Mini Rally
In May 16 - Out May 19, 2019
The Do Nothing Rally!

Come, enjoy and relax in the pines at the Pioneer RV Park. Do lots or do nothing! Located between Lassen National Park and beautiful Lake Tahoe, Pioneer RV Park is only 70 miles from Reno, Nevada. It is nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in a relaxed natural setting that is far from railroad or highway noise.
In case you're not into "doing nothing": From scenic drives like the Feather River Scenic Byway to hiking, fishing, golf, museums and shopping, you'll love this Sierra Nevada RV location. Enjoy lake & stream fishing, boating & jet skiing (rentals available at nearby Lake Almanor or Bucks Lake). For hikers, the Pacific Crest Trail is right nearby, plus biking, horseback riding & fun spots to OHV. Nearby Graeagle offers golf courses for all skill levels.

The park is also convenient to historic downtown Quincy. This enchanting town features murals and a strong commitment to the arts, with numerous musical and dramatic events being staged at the historic Town Hall Theater. Quincy has many local restaurants and cafes, two grocery stores and numerous local shops for your convenience.
LOCATION: Pioneer RV Park, 1326 Pioneer Rd, Quincy, CA 95971
HOSTS:  Jan Olmsted ( 916-489-9497), Kathy Bailey, and Marta Newcomb-Wall
RESERVATIONS:   Send check made out to Jan Olmsted, 2973 Marco Way, Carmichael, CA 95608.
COST:  $108.00 includes 3 nights
EARLY OR LATE DEPARTURES: Contact RV park directly if you want to come early or stay later. Be sure to tell them that you are with the Chinook RV Club rally (530-283-0769). 

  • Thursday: Meet and Greet around 4:00pm with wine and deli spread.
  • Friday: Chamber of Commerce or Forest Service Rep in AM to share info of interesting things to do in the area. Pot Luck 5:30pm
  • Saturday: Salad Bar & BBQ dinner 6:00pm. Bring a salad to share and something to throw on the BBQ for yourself, cooked by your hosts or yourself.
  • There will also be an ongoing book exchange at the clubhouse.

There are still sites left, so contact Jan ASAP!
In July 25 - Out July 28, 2019
In 2003 the club had its first Homecoming Rally that included a tour of the Chinook RV plant and an exclusive barbecue with Gary Lukehart, the founder and then-owner of Trail Wagons Inc., the manufacturer of the Chinook motorhome.

Now, thanks to the hard work of Marty and Tom Dittmar (pictured with the Lukeharts above), we are going to have a rally on Gary and Mary Lukehart's historic 153 acre Running Springs Ranch in Naches, Washington (just 12 miles west of Yakima). The Lukehart ranch is not an RV Park, but a unique event center that borders the Naches River. As such, this piece of the Old West has neither hook-ups nor a dump station, so this will definitely be DRY CAMPING. (Dogs are welcome on the property.)

Besides getting to visit with Gary and Mary, the Lukeharts have invited some former employees to come by to talk to us as well . . . and we'll get to see one of the original Chinooks up close and personal!
The ranch has an incredible collection of old artifacts.
LOCATION: Running Springs Ranch, 271 Running Springs Lane, Naches, WA 98937
HOSTS:  Marty & Tom Dittmar ( 509-930-8731) and Debbie Shetland ( 949-300-5231)
RESERVATIONS:   Send deposit check for $80.00 made payable to Debbie Shetland, 28402 Daroca, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
COST:  Deposit $80.00, Estimated Balance $90.00 (depending on total number of sites occupied) , includes 3 nights.
DEADLINE: Deposit due between now and May 15th. Balance due June 15th.

This is going to be a fantastic experience for us Chinookers! Hope to see you there.
LAS VEGAS, NV (16th Annual)
In October 16 - Out October 20, 2019
Back by Popular Demand
We've decided to have our annual rally at Sam's Town again this year, so mark your calendars!

The KOA is within walking distance of the Sam's Town Hotel and Casino where, as guests of the KOA, we can use the free Sam's Town shuttle service to the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.
But if you don't want to travel any farther than the casino, there's plenty to see and do. 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. Check out the 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, includes 4 nights.
DEADLINE: September 1, 2018, but let me know as soon as you can in case we need to reserve more sites!!!

DINNER and ANNUAL MEETING: Friday, 10-18, at Sam's Town Casino. Buffet dinner with cash bar.

We also plan to organize a group excursion.

Since this is our Annual Meeting with elections, we need lots of you to participate. Contact me now to reserve your spot. Looking forward to having an even better turnout than 2018!
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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
    Jim Geleszinski and Dale Frank 
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.