Well shucks, our RV rigs are for the most part sitting idle waiting for social clearance to get on the road again. Since there is no past outing to report about for the RV Club article this month that gives me a good opportunity to write about the club history and some of the many activities the club is involved with. The club was formed in 1977 by a small group of Salem Elks with a common love of camping. We have two of the original members still active in the club; Marilyn Northcutt and Ralph Petersen. The first official club camp out was in June 1977 at Pixieland RV Park near Otis, Oregon with 8 rigs in attendance. By the year 2001 the club had reached a membership of more than one hundred persons. Following the trend of falling membership in fraternal organizations nationwide the current RV Club membership is about 50 persons. Club business meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month except for January and camp outs are held during spring and summer months. Camp outs and other events are planned and arranged by members who volunteer their time in doing so. In fact the development of the Elks RV park at the Salem lodge was started by RV Club members who conceived the idea for the park and devoted hundreds of man hours during initial construction work. RV club members continue to support the lodge by providing volunteers in many areas of lodge activities.
Camp outs or other activities are organized all year long with short distance camp outs of about 60 miles up to long distances of about 300 miles. The majority are within about 125 miles of Salem. Club membership is open to Salem Elks members and Associate members. Initiation fees are $30 per person which includes the annual dues of $10 per person and the cost of club items presented to new members. Fellow Elks campers are always welcome and prospective members are invited to attend our meetings, camp outs, or other scheduled activities. I hope to see all of you soon.