Believe me, what they say is true – the older you get, the faster time passes.  The end of another year is fast approaching and it’s time to evaluate whether we’ve taken full advantage of the opportunities we’ve been offered this year.  Then, we can begin to plan for a new year…and a new opportunity to improve and grow.

By the time this magazine is published, the Great Lakes Chapter will have celebrated our final chapter rally of the year in Birch Run, Michigan, near Frankenmuth, which is commonly called “Michigan’s Little Germany.”  Anytime we can spend several days with fellow GLC’ers, visit interesting places, and enjoy the comfort of our beautiful American Coaches…well, it just doesn’t get much better than that.

This GLC rally is especially meaningful to me, as it will be the end of my term as GLC President.  I’m especially happy knowing how capable and caring my successor is.  During our last rally of the year, Jerry Pickett will take the reins of our chapter as President and Mike Wilson will move into his role as Vice President.  Bill DeMille has agreed to continue to serve as our Treasurer and Diane DeMille will remain as our Membership Chair.  We are so blessed to have members who are willing to step up as chapter officers and who care enough to ensure our chapter remains healthy and active and importantly…fun. 

I’d like to encourage you to get involved in our great ACA organization and to join a chapter or two.  It’s the best way to enjoy and learn about your beautiful coach, to meet other RV’ers who are interesting and fun-loving, and to see this beautiful country we are so blessed to live in.  I have served as GLC President three times, and each time I have ended my term by thanking all of the GLC’ers (and a few former GLC’ers) who have always been willing to lend their support in any manner needed.  I have had an opportunity to get better acquainted with fellow ACA Board members from across the country; a hard working, dedicated group of people for sure.  Lastly, and most importantly, I’d like to recognize the leader of my cheering squad, my head groupie, the guy who always has my back…Rick…my love and gratitude to you.

As the beauty of fall slips into the cold, crisp days of winter, we’ll start packing up for our annual trek down south for the winter.  This year, we’re especially looking forward to the January East Coast Regional Rally on January 11-14 at Lazydays in Tampa, Florida.  This is going to be a fun rally in a fun place at a fun time.  If you’re going to be in Florida this January, get those reservations in now so you don’t miss this one.

So, we’ll see you down the road.  On behalf of the Great Lakes Chapter, we wish you many miles of good health, lasting friendships, peace and love.

Bev DeAngelis