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The Villages RV Club Hosts their Annual Picnic,  2012

On Sunday, April 15th, the Villages RV Club hosted their annual picnic at the facilities of Alliance Coach located at 4505 Monaco Way in Wildwood. The picnic was attended by 260 members of the RV Club and Alliance Coach had many of their staff members available for technical and general questions.

Seminars were conducted by Alliance Coach’s technicians on three RV related subjects of interest to all who own an RV. The seminars included leak detection and prevention, nitrogen for tire inflation and tire pressures and winterization for Central Florida. In addition, the club members had an opportunity throughout the afternoon to tour the many new Monaco Recreation Vehicles on Alliance’s site as well as the shop facilities where Alliance is capable of repairing any RV problem with the exception of engines and transmissions. Our members gained a comfortable feeling about them as an excellent "home town" repair/sales facility

To spice up the afternoon’s festivities, eight members of the Villages” Clown Alley were on hand to entertain the club members with antics, face painting and balloon art. Through the 50/50 program that the RV club conducted during the afternoon, the members of Clown Alley were presented with a contribution of $433.00 for their charitable activities with such organizations as “Hugs and Wishes” and less fortunate children.

The highlight of the afternoon was a wedding of two of the club’s members. Bernie Holzapfel and Iris Bartowski entered the activities mid way during the afternoon. Iris carried a Spring Bouquet and Bernie’s smile lit up the room. Iris was radiant in her white gown. The wedding ceremony was performed by Alliance’s own Richard Crowley. The couple had said before that when they were to be married, all of the RV club members would be invited-little did we know that the Annual Picnic would be their wedding site. Congratulations to Iris and Bernie.

During the course of the afternoon, many participated in a scavenger hunt “Find Brett” named for Brett Howard, Alliance’s Vice President. Five winners, Ron Collins, Isabelle Ford, Kenny  Griffin, Marci Fairbanks and one brand new member received a basket filled with RV related goods plus a $100 Gift Certificate for parts or service compliments of Alliance Coach.

Several members of the RV club who are crafters displayed their wares for others to purchase. It provided an opportunity for our members to see the creative assets in the club plus take advantage of opportunities to learn a craft from them.

The afternoon continued with karaoke by members Dick and Ruth Steeves and karaoke vocals along the way. The culmination of the picnic was a feast catered by the Oakwood Smokehouse accompanied by plenty of cupcakes as a present to all from our newlyweds.

The Villages RV Club, one of the opportunities offered by Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, offers membership to Village residents who own or are purchasing a RV. The RV Club meets at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center. For more information please visit our website at WWW.TVRVC.ORG