A Colorado Good Sam Chapter


Chapter History
Annual Schedule
Recent Outings


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July 28
, 2014


News 'n Views

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Upcoming Events

June 20 - 22
Chatfield State Park

July 11 - 13
Lakeside KOA
Ft. Collins





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The Good Sam Club

The Colorado Good Sam Club

The Good Sam Pledge

To give aid to others in need

To respect nature and the environment

To give back to the community and those less fortunate

To treat others with dignity and respect

To wear a smile (like Good Sam's) and promote the pledge of the Good Sam Club to others





Travel Checklist


Take a look at this terrific checklist page provided by the National Good Sam Club.

Good Sam Club
Travel Checklist




Hints, Tips, and Tricks

During Colorado winters, RV's get limited use if any. Generators should be run once a month for at least 15 minutes to keep them exercised.

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History of The Good Sam Club

The Good Sam Club is an international organization of recreational vehicle owners. Its stated primary goals are to make RVing safer and more enjoyable, and to save members money through Club-endorsed benefits and services. It claims over a million members.

The name comes from the Bible Parable of the Good Samaritan  which tells of a traveler from the region of Samaria who helped a person along the road who had been robbed and beaten.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (10:25 - 37). In the parable, a traveler, presumably Jewish, is beaten, robbed, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured Jew. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a question regarding the identity of the "neighbor" which Leviticus 19:18 says should be loved.

Portraying a Samaritan in positive light would have come as a shock to Jesus' audience. It is typical of his provocative speech in which conventional expectations are inverted.

Some Christians, such as Augastine, have interpreted the parable allegorically, with the Samaritan representing Jesus Christ, who saves the sinful soul. Others, however, discount this allegory as unrelated to the parable's original meaning, and see the parable as exemplifying the ethics of Jesus, which have won nearly universal praise, even from those outside the Church.

The parable has inspired painting, sculpture, poetry, and film. The colloquial phrase "good Samaritan," meaning someone who helps a stranger, derives from this parable, and many hospitals and charitable organizations are named after the Good Samaritan.

Credited with the more recent development of the Good Sam Club is Art Rouse, founder of TL Enterprises, a California-based publishing company responsible for Trailer Life Magazine, Motorhome Magazine, and Rider Magazine. Rouse and his two sons acquired the organization in 1968 and further developed member benefits and RV-related services for which the club is known. Rouse sold TL Enterprises in the 1980s and died on June 19, 2007 following head injuries suffered as a result of a fall, at 89 years old.

Good Sam Club is currently owned by the Affinity Group, Inc. which also owns Trailer Life Publications, Motor Home Publications, Camping World, Woodalls Park Directory, and Camp Coast to Coast.

Good Sam Club is based in Arapahoe County, Colorado near Centennial.



help!

Finding any historical references to the Good Sam Club prior to it's purchase by Art Rouse in 1968 has been a problem. If you have any literature or know of any internet resources citing earlier Good Sam history, please contact me at:

ejim@aol.com

   


     2013 St. Vrain State Park
 



Dave, Ruthie, and Cheryl enjoy a walk around the lake.







            State Samboree

            September 2013



Joey, Sheryl, Fred, Sandy, and Ruthie sell trail mix at the 2013 State Samboree



Favorite Travel Spot

Do you have a favorite spot? A destination few others know about? What was your most memorable location? Let the rest of the Aspen Leaves in on your secret.


Click below to read about one of Jim and Renee's favorite trips:

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Chapter History
1980 - 2004

On October 15 of 1980, a meeting of Good Sam was held at the home of Gene and Bonnie Reisdorph to discuss organization of a new chapter in the Good Sam Club. In attendance were:

Richard and Helen Friesen - President
Ken and Linda Fligg - Vice President
Gene and Bonnie Reisdorph - Secretary/Treasurer
Tom and Margie Moss - Wagonmaster


Guests were:
Dick and Betty Michael - Colorado State Director
Wayne and Ruth Maynard - Assistant State Director

The group selected the chapter name of Aspen Leaves, and they combined by-laws of the Aristocrats and the Roadrunners for the new chapter. The color of burnt orange was chosen for the vests. The patch was voted to be a blue background with four main leaves representing the charter members of the chapter.

In
1981 the officers were:
Richard and Helen Friesen - President
Ken and Linda Fligg - Vice President
Gene and Bonnie Reisdorph - Secretary/Treasurer
Toma and Margie Moss - Wagonmaster

New members added in 1981 were Pat and Millie McCart (in April), Fred and Jan Runyon (in May), Jerry and Maureen Monberg (in May), Gordon and Flrence Peecher (in August), and Art and Jean Richards (in September). Resignations that year were Gene and Bonnie Reisdorph (in December)

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Club Officials - 2014

President
Jim and Renee 

Vice-President
Sheryl and Ron M.

Secretary/Treasurer
Sheryl M.

Wagonmaster
Joey D.

Historian
Ruthie


Charities
Chairperson

Open position

Webmaster
Jim

A Typical Weekend
We camp each month from April through October except for months that have a State Samboree. A typical weekend would consist of:
  • Friday evening - time to settle in to the campsite. Sometimes we will go out to a local restaurant and sometimes have a pot-luck dinner

  • Saturday - there will be a general club meeting sometime during the day. The evening features a planned meal, usually potluck, often with a special theme. During the day the chapter members participate in many different types of games and activities. Sometimes a tour to a local site of interest will be planned.

  • Sunday Morning - we hold a potluck breakfast, a non-denominational devotional, and then wish each other fond farewell and safe travels until our next get-together



Members enjoy a game of "Bean Bag Baseball"
Lone Duck Campground
Near Cascade, Colorado



Annual Schedule for 2014 - 2015

Schedule                Location                Hosts
                                                

                                                                

                         2014   Schedule

January 18                     Apple Creek- Aurora                       Domingue

February 22                   New York Deli                                 Anderson's

March 15                       Armadillo                                         Pope's, Rich and Christine

April 25-27                     Greeley RV Park                            Trzos'

May 16-18                     Greeley RV Park                             Pope's, Rich and Christine

June 20-22                     Chatfield State Park - Loop A        Anderson and Domingue
                          members must make own reservations         Pope's assist w/ site numbers

July 18-20                       Lakeside KOA, Ft.Collins              Trzos & Martinson

August 22-24                  Arrowhead RV Park                        Martinson & Hasselblad
   early birds, 20th & 21st            Buena Vista

September 18-21            State Samboree, Pueblo                 State Director

October 3-5                     Strasburg KOA                               Jim & Renee Pope

November 15                   Jim & Nicks                                    Hasselblad's
                                            Southland Mall

December 7                      Chapter Christmas Party               Martinson and Pope
                                             The Bistro at Aspen Grove                   

NOTE: The dates above are based on the “usual”Aspen Leaves schedule of the third weekend of the month. As hosts make reservations the specific dates and locations of meetings and camp-outs will be placed in the above schedule. Some dates may change.

 

 
 
 
 


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