Good Sam, Alaska Style
Even in the far North, chapters make a difference
In August, Alaska’s Tundra Rollers chapter of the Good Sam Club circled their RVs alongside the Salcha River to celebrate the group’s 38th anniversary. Thirty-three members of the Fairbanks-based chapter and two guests gathered around the fire pit for grilled steaks and potluck side dishes. Right in the middle of the party, it started to sprinkle, but that didn’t dampen the fun.
“We just put out the awnings, crawled underneath and continued to celebrate,” says Bonnie Owen, who serves as chapter president with her husband, Randi.
Formed in 1973, the Tundra Rollers meet monthly at summer campouts where they fish, play games and tell stories around the campfire. In winter, members gather in the town of North Pole for potluck lunches, fundraising activities and more card playing.
The chapter raises money for Dogs for the Deaf and was named the state’s Top Dog for its generous 2010 donations. Members also take part in Alaska’s Adopt-a-Highway cleanup program, volunteering annually to spiff up a mile-long stretch of the Parks Highway.
Making the most of the RV lifestyle and having good times in the Great Outdoors are what Good Sam chapters are all about.
As a member of the Good Sam Club, your natural next step is to join a chapter. With more than 1,500 active chapters throughout North America, it’s easy to find a good fit, whether you’re in far-northern Alaska or southern Florida. Of course, you can always start a chapter of your own. All it takes to launch one is five or more RVs and a spirit of fun.
To get going, click on the Chapters page on the Good Sam website. From there, click on a state or province on the map or use the Find a Local Chapter drop-down menu to locate chapters near you. If you’re interested in launching a new chapter, click on the Start a New Chapter link.