We’ve Gone to the Dogs
Dogs for the Deaf celebrated its 35th anniversary with great fanfare last year. To mark the milestone, the Good Sam Club contributed a generous $191,036 in 2012, including donations from individual members, regional chapters and the club itself.
Thanking Good Sam Club for its many years of support since 1980, Dogs for the Deaf recently recognized the chapters that contributed the most last year. Read more
2012 Top 10 Good Sam Chapters
Sam’s Radio Hams, Southern California: $7,833.25
Square Samers, Northern California: $6,409.60
Prairie State Sams, Illinois, and Vegas Hi-Rollers, Nevada (tie): $5,000
Sammamish Sams, Washington: $4,450.37
Clackamas Campers, Oregon: $3,000
Get Along Sams, Washington: $2,864.50
Trail Dusters, Oregon: $2,523
Caldwell Ramblers, Idaho: $2,125
Norwega Sams, Georgia: $2,100
Tired and Retired Sams, Washington: $2,000
Sam’s Radio Hams has topped this list for the past 11 years in a row, and chapter members were eager to help out behind the scenes last year at the 35th anniversary event, hosted by actress Betty White.
Last year’s number two chapter, the Square Samers, sent members Ken and Nancy Vallier to Dogs for the Deaf’s Oregon headquarters to make their substantial donation in person.
For those unfamiliar with Dogs for the Deaf, the nonprofit organization is North America’s oldest and largest Hearing Dog institution, providing dogs free of charge to people with a variety of challenges, from autism to hearing loss. For the past 34 years, the Good Sam Club has played a vital role in Dogs for the Deaf’s success and longevity.
In recognition of Good Sam Club’s continued support, Dogs for the Deaf rewards the chapters that donate the most in their state with Top Dog flags and patches:
2012 Top Dog Chapters
Alabama: Cotton Patch Sams
Alaska: Northern Lights
Arizona: Phoenix Phun Phinders
Northern California: Square Samers
Southern California: Sam’s Radio Hams
Colorado: San Juan Good SamsDelaware: Shanty Shakers
Florida: Good Sam Seahorses
Georgia: Norwega Sams
Idaho: Caldwell Ramblers
Illinois: Prairie State Sams
Iowa: 4-F Sams
Louisiana: CenLa RoadrunnersMississippi: Tenn-Tom Travelers
Missouri: Three Rivers Good Sams
Montana: Rocky Mountain Rollers
Nebraska: Logan Valley Sams
Nevada: Vegas Hi-Rollers
New Mexico: Pajarito Sams
New York: Seneca Sams
Ohio: Lima Area Smiling Sams
Oregon: Clackamas Campers
Pennsylvania: Blue Mountain Sams
South Carolina: Sams of Beaufort
Texas: Collin County Travelers
Utah: Utah Deer Sams
Virginia: Foxchase Sams
Washington: Sammamish Sams
Wisconsin: Apple River Drifters
The Good Sam Club adds its congratulations to the 2012 Top Dogs and the top 10 fundraising chapters overall for their outstanding Good Samaritan spirit.
To learn more about the good works of Dogs for the Deaf, go to dogsforthedeaf.org.
To join or start a Good Sam Club chapter, contact your state or provincial Good Sam director at GoodSamClub.com/chapters.