November 15, 2014
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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 Good Sam Enterprises which also owns Camping World.
Good Sam Club is based in Arapahoe County, Colorado near Centennial.
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 -
We camp each month from April through October except for months that have a State Samboree. A typical weekend would consist of:
Members enjoy a game of "Bean Bag Baseball"
Lone Duck Campground
Near Cascade, Colorado
January 17 Country Buffett Domingue
February 21 August Moon Domingue
Main Street, Parker
March 14 Mr. Panda Jan and Steve Leonard
Aurora, South Havana
April 24 - 26 Greeley RV Park Ron and Sheryl Martinson
May 15 - 17 St Vrain State Park Christine and Rich Pope
June 19 - 21 Chatfield S.P. Anderson and Domingue
July 17 - 19 Estes Park, possibly Anderson, Hasselblad, Domingue
August 21 - 23 Arrowpoint RV Park Sheryl and Ron Martinson
Earl Days 19 - 20 Buena Vista
Sept State Samboree - Date and location TBA
October 2 - 4 Cherry Creek State Park Jim and Renee Pope
Small group site
November 14 Jim and Nicks Margaret and Stan Whicker
December 5 Saturday Chapter Christmas Party Martinson and Pope
or Dec 6 Sunday
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