336ers RV Club

      In July the club camped at Wapiti RV Park with seven rigs participating in the outing. It was a laid back event hosted by BJ and Randy Leach and JoAnna and Bill Maddux. The camp out started with an arrival day meal of spaghetti cooked to delicious perfection and served with a desert of cheesecake and fresh strawberries. The customary washoe games were played with Randy Leach and Darrell Wing placing first ahead of Hilde Trammell and Bill Maddux who came in a very close second.
     At the August club business meeting 26 persons were present including six guests from the Keizer lodge. Guests were Joyce and Gary Keene, Sharon and Ed Schultz, and Angela and Scott Dye. The Keenes and Schultzes plan on coming to the August camp out at Florence. That camp out will be reported on in the October Elklet.
     For the past several years I have reported on club members who have reached the age of 90 and Ralph Petersen has reached that significant age. Ralph was born in 1930 in Minnesota and moved to Oregon at the age of 12. As a young man he worked for Boeing Aircraft on B29 Bombers before he was drafted into the army during the early 1950s. His army training included all types of communications and after training Ralph was assigned to Germany where he installed, maintained, and repaired microwave transmission towers. He describes some of his most thrilling adventures as performing maintenance that required climbing 100 foot tall communication towers in adverse weather conditions. After release from the army Ralph continued his work in communications and completed a full career with Pacific Northwest Bell (including 10 years at Camp Adair) and through exemplary work, dependability, and loyalty was promoted to supervisory positions. After retirement Ralph has continued to volunteer at the Salem Elks where has been a member for 57 years and has been a member of the RV Club for 42 years. In the RV Club he has held several officer positions including Wagon Master. Happy birthday Ralph from all your RV Club friends.


by John Trammell