GLC was heartbroken to learn of the passing of one of our long-time members, Lee Anne Cooper, in November. Just a month before, Bill and his “Queenie” had celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss. Lee Anne will be sorely missed by so many friends. We do have some happy GLC people news – John & Mary Corcoran just celebrated their 62st wedding anniversary. Congratulations you two lovebirds. I’m reminded that whether grieving a loss or celebrating a special occasion, it’s easier with my RVing family.

We ended our summer rally season with a bang. In September, we returned to Michigan’s Lake Leelanau RV Resort, owned by Don Wilson, former GLCer. This is an awesome part of our Great Lakes area and Don goes to great lengths to ensure we feel at home. Hosts Mike & Linda Wilson, Tom & Mayola Dean, Bill & Diane DeMille and Pat & Debby Branigan spoiled us (and ensured we took home a few extra pounds…). Thank you all. My memory will always hold this rally and this place as very special.

For many of us Florida Snowbirds, the January Eastern Regional Rally has become an annual event. The Southeast Chapter hosts and does a great job of seeing that we’re well fed and entertained. Combine that with an opportunity to renew ACA acquaintances and make new RV friends…well, it just doesn’t get any better. Also, if you haven’t already registered for the ACA 2019 National Rally in May, do it now!

Our GLC summer rally schedule has been published. In July, we’ll visit Chatham, Illinois, just outside Springfield, to experience everything Lincoln (as in Abe). If things go right, we’ll have personalized tour guides; Bill and Mary Riggs are former GLC’ers and previous rally hosts. In August, we’ll rally in Rising Sun, Indiana. A highlight here is the Museum of Creation (check it out at and a nearby casino. September will find us in Birch Run, Michigan, just four miles from Frankenmuth, a historical GLC favorite. Bring your Christmas list in preparation for your visit to the famous Bronner’s Christmas store.

A new year…and a new beginning. A time to reflect on the good things that happened last year and hold them as fond memories. An opportunity to hold on to the lessons we learned from the not-so-good things and let their memory fade into the past. 2019 promises to be another wonderful year, with lots of opportunities to enjoy our beautiful American Coaches.

In the meantime, on behalf of the Great Lakes Chapter, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We wish all of you many miles of good health, good friendships, peace and love.

Bev DeAngelis