My name is Doug Anderson, Vice President of the Southwest Chapter, and I am writing this article amid multiple uncertainties, some of which are no doubt affecting most if not all of us. As I write this from our home in Colorado, the coach is parked, and we are for the most part, remaining in our house under a state-wide stay-at-home order designed to limit the spread of the Coronavirus within our community and state.

I was disappointed to learn recently of the resignation of both our Chapter’s President, Rich Hunter (who I am filling in for here), and our Secretary, Gail Hunter. On the behalf of our Chapter, our heartfelt thanks go out to Rich and Gail for their service, and we wish them well in their future travels and endeavors.

A number of us were looking forward to getting together the first week of April with members from other Chapters at the planned Western Regional Rally in Camp Verde, AZ. We were disappointed that it had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis. Bob Clapper had stepped in at the last minute and had done a marvelous job, as Wagon Master for the event. He had all of the details covered. Thanks to Bob for all of your work on this!

We had hoped to make further progress on our Chapter’s planned merger with the SoCal and NorCal/Norwest Chapters (to form the combined Western Regional Chapter) at the Camp Verde rally. Work is underway now on plans to implement the merger as soon as possible, even in this environment when rallies are not possible. More information on this will be provided as it becomes available.

As provided for in our Chapter’s Bylaws, in the absence of a President, I have appointed Sue Ford to serve as Secretary of our Chapter, along with her duties as Treasurer, until either we can have an election of new officers or the merger takes place, whichever occurs first. Many thanks to Sue for taking on this dual role under these circumstances. I will continue to do my best to carry out the duties of Chapter President, as Vice President, for the same time period.

We are currently seeking a Wagon Master for our Chapter’s next planned Rally in Heber City, UT in mid-September, and are hopeful that we can garner the resources to still pull that Rally off. A lot of preliminary work has been done and a number of registrations have been received, but much work remains. After weeks or months of quarantine, what a relief and how much fun this would be! Please let me or Tony Ford know if you are willing to help us make this happen.

And finally, my wife, Kim, and I are looking forward to seeing a good many of you at the ACA 30th Year Anniversary National Rally in Louisiana in November. The facility looks superb and the program promises to be delightful. This will be yet another opportunity to join with other our ACA friends to celebrate what we all hope will be, by then, a return to normal for all of us.

Stay safe,

Doug Anderson
Vice President
Southwest Chapter