Region One Newsletter April 2011

Region One President’s Newsletter – April 2011

Published: March 29, 2011

By Russ Melocik

Previously we announced that a substantial revision of the club’s 50-some-year-old constitution is underway. It’s hard for me to imagine the thoughts, deliberations, back-and-forth communications etc that must have gone into the crafting of such a document. And doing so in accordance with the current constitution and Ohio Statutes. And true to the timeline for having it ready for presentation at the DuQuoin Delegates Meeting. Well, it has been done. Last I heard, it has been reviewed by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. The next step is to inform the membership so each unit, in turn, may take a thoughtful vote on the question and charge its delegate and alternate to deliberate and vote in the best interests of their unit. Add “Responsibility” to “Fun, Fellowship and Adventure.”

As we move away from winter and into travel mode, I’d like you to consider an added attraction surrounding the First Nation Region Rally in Rivière-Rouge Quebec. As we speak, Rich & Dottie Walbridge are putting the finishing touches on a caravan to & from Rivière-Rouge. The travelers will have a choice of where they rendezvous: either in Danbury CT on July 23 or at Thornbush Acres RV Park in Indian Lake NY on July 24. (Because so many travelers might be coming from ME, NH, VT & NY, it may be advantageous for them to meet in Indian Lake).

Thornbush Acres in Indian Lake is a 4-day stay. Next, White Face Mountain KOA in Lake Placid is a 3-day stay and Camp Hither Hills in Ottawa, Ontario is a 3 day stay. The Caravan enters Ste. Veronique on August 03. It departs on August 08 and stays in Montreal for 3 days and in Quebec City for 3 days, departing for home on August 14. Plans include a pot luck supper, a BBQ and a luncheon along with planned tours in the Adirondacks, Lake Placid, Ottawa, (the Capital of Canada), Montreal and Quebec City. The cost of the caravan is TBD and will include all the camping, museum tours, boat tour, BBQ, driver’s manual and tourism guides and information. If interested, contact Rich at 781-254-6399 or write to Rich and Dottie at: Please note the 20-unit maximum. When the remaining details have been finalized, Rich, Dottie and I will get the word out. Meanwhile, set your expectations in their full upright and locked positions and let Rich & Dottie know you’re interested.

BTW: If you have been on a Walbridge Caravan or debriefed one who has, you can count on a well-organized adventure at a terrific value.


For those interested in an express caravan to DuQuoin, contact Per Hamnqvist at hamnqvist @ Per advises the caravan will assemble at Penn-Wood Airstream Park just off Rte 66 at Exit 84 of I-80 in PA on Saturday, June 25.

Those interested in a candidacy for Region Office (President, 1st VP and 2nd VP), please contact Franklin Sanders, Chairman of the 2011 Nominating Committee. The Nom Comm report will be submitted at the Rivière-Rouge Rally where nominations from the floor will also be entertained. Ballots will be prepared and sent to the units which will vote at their fall business meetings. There is a provision for a write-in candidate on each unit’s ballot. V.P.’s-elect will be installed during the Region 1 Luncheon at the 2012 International Rally. The Pres-elect will be installed at a separate ceremony at the 2012 International Rally. (

Region 1 News (Blue Beret) contributors are needed. Cynthia and I have submitted most of the articles so far this club year. The article we submit on April 15 (June Edition) will be our last. If you would like to get involved in this way, please let me know. This can be a fun way for you to contribute to the club and to share your personal Region One travel experiences and observations. Multiple contributors & by-lines welcome. You do the writing and I’ll do the rest. (

Think Spring.

Russ Melocik

A Visit to Quebec

A Visit to Quebec

Published: March 5, 2011

By Suzanne et Paul Fuller

Gatineau balloon festivalShould you want to make a different visit to the province of Quebec during the Labor Day weekend (2nd to 5th September, 2011) we have just what you would like. A hot air balloon festival is held in Gatineau each year is a great reason to come and visit the Canadian Capital region. Gatineau is Located about 90 miles to the West of Montreal in the province of Quebec and just across the Ottawa river from Ottawa, our Canadian National Capital. This festival is one of the largest in America with over 75 balloons of all shapes and forms coming from all over Canada and the USA. You can see the flights every day morning and night, weather permitting. You can enjoy a flight and chase the balloon through the countryside to its landing site. You can visit the launch site and talk with the crews to get a real feel for the sport. A whole slew of activities will keep you occupied on site the whole week end long.

The best museums in Canada are just a stone’s throw from here in Gatineau and in Ottawa. Worth the trip are the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Military Museum, the Arts Museum, the Canadian Air Museum, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy and Stables for the RCMP Musical ride and many more. Our Canadian Parliament, the seat of Canadian Politics and power, offers free guided tours and a nightly sound and light show. Most of these attractions are free or at a slight cost. There are city Bus tours and boat tours down the Rideau River to enable you to see Ottawa from a very different perspective. Walking around the parliament buildings, going to the war museum, visiting The Mint and the By Market are just short distances in one of the safest cities in the country. There are some of the best biking or walking trails available anywhere should you be athletically inclined,

Camping is available on site for the Balloon Festival and allows you to be in the midst of all the activities and entertainment within a short distance in Gatineau or Ottawa. A short phone call will get you all the info and reservations you need to enjoy a great stay in some of the most beautiful areas in western Quebec or eastern Ontario.

Suzanne and I have visited this part of our country many times and still look forward to our next stay, we are sure you will be happy you took us up on our invitation.

Nous vous souhaitons la Bienvenue!

First Nation’s Day

First Nation’s Day
Published: March 5, 2011
By the Quebec Canada Unit
At the summer of 2011, we are expecting many of you to attend our First Nations Rally in Rivière-Rouge, Quebec, Canada.
Our goal is to give you an idea of what is important to the First Nations. During the rally, one day will be dedicated to them. By doing so, we will take you to a sacred site where we will share with you our ancestor’s spirituality, customs and traditions. It is our responsibility as an Eastern Nation to transmit their knowledge of the sacred ceremonies like the sweat lodge, the medicine wheel and their way of living in harmony with mother earth, all the elements that are surrounding us, all the nations in the respect of the following seven generations to come.
On that sacred site, everyone is placed in a circle where our elder ones share their knowledge with us, we also celebrate some wedding ceremonies. During the year, we also organize a special day for the kids, during which we play some games and take some quality time to share with them as they are the ones we honor during that special day. They are our future and the ones that will spread the knowledge of their ancestors to the following generations.
We also share the knowledge of our ancestors with other communities in the Province.

We cherish the kids and take care of them; they are always welcome in all the activities of the first nations.
So during that day on the sacred site we will have a visit of a tee-pee, of a sweat lodge, of the medicine wheel, we will have a short ceremony, we will share a lunch with the people of the Wenawak community. There will be someone explaining the important medicine plants used by the first nations. At the end, there will be some booths of handmade crafts.
This day will be one you will remember because when you enter that land, you can feel the peace not only surrounding you, but coming into you. You can feel that you are not alone that the spirits of the ancestors are accompanying us.
Even if during that day, the only thing you feel is that peace surrounding you it will mean that it has been a success. Megwesh (thank you).