By Marty Fox, F295073
On the east coast of Florida, more than halfway down the peninsula, is an area called the Treasure Coast. Its name comes from the valuables left at many offshore shipwrecks, which are hunted by divers and underwater explorers. The Treasure Coasters chapter gets its members from Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties.
We celebrated our 30th anniversary May 15-18, 2014, during a rally at Sunshine Travel RV Resort in Vero Beach, Florida.
On Thursday evening during the rally, some chapter members decided to take advantage of Dollar Night at Tradition Field and watched the St. Lucie Mets host the Tampa Yankees while enjoying $1 hot dogs and drinks. Other members dined at Marsh Landing Restaurant while enjoying live bluegrass music. Both options proved to be loads of fun.
Friday found members shopping in the Vero Beach area, congregating at the swimming pool at Sunshine Travel RV Resort, or just partaking in good old R&R. An enjoyable happy hour was followed by a potluck dinner that brought everyone’s favorite dish to us all. What a delicious meal it was. After dinner we enjoyed several exciting games of card bingo.
Saturday started with a breakfast provided by the rally team, followed by an update on Treasure Coasters news and happenings by chapter president Don Jett. He asked that we keep a lookout for some special summer rally plans.
The ice cream social on Saturday was well attended as always. The Saturday happy hour again found many delicious appetizers, great conversation, and our favorite beverage of choice. This was followed by a wonderful and filling dinner. After the meal, regional vice president Tony Marino presented the chapter with a 30-year anniversary certificate from Jim Duncan, national area vice president, Southeast Area; a very nice congratulatory letter from Charlie Adcock, FMCA national president; and a check for $150. Thanks, FMCA!
Saturday evening was not complete until the Treasure Coasters held its own version of the Preakness Stakes. Marty Fox conducted the perfect “Bleakness” horse race game, which had everyone on the edge of their seats.
Following our traditional Sunday morning continental breakfast, we exchanged hugs, kisses, and summer wishes as we all prepared our RVs for the return trip home.
The Treasure Coasters enjoy being with each other, and we welcome other RVers to join us. At this time, we have 15 member families. We have a cap of 30 couples, however, so we are actively looking for new RVers to join us. I always say, “The more the merrier.”
We hold seven rallies each year: one in October, and one each month from December through May. In the summer months, many of us like to travel and explore other locales, so the club takes a hiatus. During our October rally, we all like to tell about our summer adventures, from the great places we visited to the breakdowns and problems that we experienced and how we managed to overcome them.
During the rest of the rally season, we visit other interesting areas of Florida, from the Keys to St. Augustine on the east coast and west to the Tampa area. Besides visiting sites in Florida, we enjoy spending time with fellow members doing what RVers like to do. That includes eating many different types of food and playing a variety of indoor and outdoor games such as “geezer” golf, bean bag baseball, Rummikub, Pinochle, etc.
The chapter has a monthly newsletter that provides information about the upcoming rally. First-year dues are $65 per family, which includes Treasure Coasters shirts and name tags for each person. After the first year, dues are $10. What a bargain!
For more information about the Treasure Coasters chapter, see our Web site: www.treasurecoastersrv.info.