HELLO HAPPY WANDERERS, well another year is gone and a new year has started. Prior to the start of the HWC Pre-Rally our VP Brian Diggins made a trip to Kissimmee, FL to attend the MECUM Auto Action. It was truly a fabulous place for the auto enthusiast with hundreds of vehicles on display.

On Jan 9th 2019 HWC started our Pre-Rally to the Southeast Annual Regional Rally at Lazy Days. We had our usual “Happy Hours” each evening with several Southeast members joining the great time with fun and lots of laughs. In addition to the “Happy Hours”, our festivities included an outing at the Parkesdale Strawberry Farm in Plant City for the strawberry shortcake and dinning at the famous “Willies” in Valrico FL, which have both become a tradition for HWC.

Happy Wanderers held our annual meeting with our President Bill Makowski discussing the highlights from the latest ACA board meeting and the need for volunteers to fill the Officer positions for the next election prior to the 2020 annual meeting. NOTE: without Volunteers our chapters cannot survive, and the more volunteers the easier the task becomes. Our Secretary Candy Diggins read the Treasurer’s report. The complete meeting minutes were sent to all HWC members and the meeting was adjourned. The annual meeting was followed with a Happy Hour and a Pizza party. The pizza was made by Lazy Days Exit 10 right on site and was not only delicious, but was hot from the kitchen (unlike ordering from another location and waiting for the delivery).

Several of the HWC members joined the Southeast Chapter members in camping at the 2019 FLORIDA RV SUPERSHOW, where there were more happy hours and festivities.

There are several interesting places in the Tampa area for exploring when you attend both the 2020 HWC Pre-Rally and Southeast Regional Rally, such as the following;
Ybor City [an area is noted for Cigar making by Cuban’s]
Tampa Port Authority tour boat ride
Tampa downtown Aquarium, River Walk with all the eateries and nightlife
Several Art Galleries & Museums
Bush Gardens amusement park
Additional places nearby are the “Sponge” capital in Tarpon Springs and the
“Manatee” watch in Apollo Beach to name a few.
Also, for those that enjoy shopping there are great shopping in downtown and surrounding Malls around Tampa.

As we sit here writing this article, HWC members Candy & Brian Diggins are looking forward to attend the Southeast Chapter Rally at Disney World in February 2019. We also have several members planning to attend the Pre-Rally and ACA National Rally at Lake Conroe KOA in Montgomery, TX. [Refer to upcoming events, below]
We at HWC encourage our members to sign up early to attend as many of the following rallies as possible;
Pre-Rally May 15-17 2019
The Happy Wanderers and Southeast chapters will be hosting a Pre-Rally prior to the ACA National Regional Rally at Lake Conroe KOA in Montgomery, Texas. [You will have to make your Rally site reservations on your own at 800-562-9750 or 936-582-1218, tell them you will be attending the Pre-Rally & ACA National Rally and you would like to park with the Happy Wanderers Chapter.] Refer to the HWC Facebook page for more information.
ACA National Rally May 18-23 2019
This rally is at Lake Conroe KOA in Montgomery, TX. Again, sign up early to reserve your spot for another great time with friends.

HWC Pre-Rally January 8-11 2020
The Happy Wanderers will be having a 3 day Pre-Rally prior to the Southeast 9th Annual ACA Eastern Regional Rally at Lazy Days in Seffner, Fla. [You will have to make your Pre-Rally reservations on your own at 800-905-6627 or 813-246-4777, tell them you will be attending the ACA Southeast Regional Rally and you would like to park with the Happy Wanderers Chapter.] Happy Wanderers will have our usual “Happy Hours” in the evenings as well as other outing events such as a trip to Parkesdale Farms for Strawberry Shortcake. We are also planning additional adventures for your enjoyment. Note: Parkesdale also carries all kinds of Vegetables and fruits to purchase.
Southeast 9th Annual Eastern Regional Rally Jan 11-14 2020
The Happy Wanderers members have been attending this rally for years and always have a great time so sign up early to be sure you don’t miss this event. Refer to your ACA magazine for more information.
UPDATES: We are happy to welcome the following new members;
Landers, Keith & Lynnea – Beverly Hills, FL
Nicholson, Gary & Frances – Arcadia, FL
Rivera, Ruben & Terry – Clermont, FL
Roy, Roger & Kimberly – DeFuniak, FL
Seefried, Russel & Debra – Davie, FL

Communications options – HWC Web Page – can be reached by accessing myamericancoach.com website, then clicking on Chapters icon, and then click on HWC. Facebook – Happy Wanderers-ACA, click on like and become a member of the page, post your updates. E-Mail address – happy.wanderers@aol.com is a quick and easy way to get in touch with your officers. For those interested in seeing some of the old HW pictures of past years pull up an old Blog – acahappywanderers.blogspot.com.

Additional information –
The Happy Wanderers Chapter with our diversity plan our “RENDEZVOUS” around Pre and/or Post Rallies at the ACA National, Regional and other Chapter Rallies, so keep checking our communication options for updates. We are the only chapter with “HAPPY” in our name and we welcome all ACA members to join us at any of our events and welcome suggestions that may increase our membership and coming together for camaraderie. The “Happy Wanderers” chapter was established for our FUN, FOOD and FELLOWSHIP. We do not compete for members and encourage our members to join other chapters. “Happy Wanderers” members enjoy sharing our RV experience as “Full Timers” with other member just starting the RV experience. The “Happy Wanderers” includes members that have been on the road “Full Time” for 17 years such as Betty & Bill Makowski and Hank & Selene Montgomery who welcome questions about their experiences as Full Timers.

Bill Makowski