Texas Highland Lakes Unit

The Roadrunner
Number 1
Published 6 times per year
 Prepared by Debbie Trimble 

January 2018 - March 2018
Website Newsletter
January to march newsletter
Howdy Streamers!

Kudos to all Christmas Ralliers; you set a new THLU record for funds received at the auction! That allowed our club to make four-figure donations to both Ronald McDonald House in Austin and families in the Rockport-Fulton area who were hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey. Our generosity was much appreciated by the recipients, and both offered to take our members on a tour to get an inside look at the difference donations such as ours make.

Cheri and I were glad to hear so many of you enjoyed the Christmas Rally, and we really appreciate the thankful words and notes we received. Phil, Peggy, Richard, and Janet thanks for your hosting help. John and Shirley thanks for making the auction great. Kathy and Stephen thanks for the wonderful music. Marty, Stephen, and Jean thanks for handling the funds so capably. Thanks to all of you who attended the business meeting; we had spirited debate, sign of a passionate and healthy club. A name represents identity and personal history; both to be treated with respect and honor.

As voted on by our members at the Rally concerning our club name, I’ll soon prepare written survey communications to present to a committee for their comments and revisions, then submit that written survey to Debbie to send out to all our members via constant contact for your feedback. That survey will include some background research I’ve done since our Rally regarding WBCCI units throughout America. Stay tuned……and continue to provide your valued input.

Our Big Bend Unit Caravan (BIBE) is just around the corner. We’re looking forward to some beautiful weather, gorgeous skies, and making many awesome memories. Hosts for our March (Athens), April (Cherokee), and May (Kerrville) Rallies have been visiting our rally locations and putting their thoughts together to make those rallies fun and enjoyable. More information on each will be forthcoming soon through constant contact. Please note the change in location for the May Rally from New Braunfels to Kerrville.

We’re still looking for hosts for our September (Galveston) and October (Rockport) Rallies. Please consider calling a THLU friend or two and teaming up to volunteer to host; it really is a pleasure. Cheri and I have pulled together information for potential activities at both locations for our hosts. A special thanks to Tom and Valerie Steinhagen for recently visiting Jamaica Beach RV Park, our Galveston rally site. Tom’s report and photos of the park were very great.

While I’m asking for volunteers, our club still needs a 2nd Vice President. The 2nd VP would serve as President in calendar year 2020. When Cheri and I joined, we never imagined serving the club in this capacity. I can tell you though it’s been a joy and a light burden because of the help and aid generously provided by previous officers. Their experience and knowledge of the past makes the present pleasant and future stress free. Call any officer to volunteer; THLU needs you!

Both Cheri and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and our hope is that 2018 is one of your best years ever! We look forward to making some great memories with you……..

Thinking about Hosting
New to Hosting? Don't know what hosts do? Click on the image or the link below to find out. It is a great way to put your "spin" on the fun.

Treasurer's Update
  Our Christmas Auction raised $3,598.00. We disbursed 60% of that total, or $2,158.80, evenly between the Ronald McDonald House and the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The 40% remaining, or $1,439.20, was deposited into our club account. 

In addition, six membership dues have been paid since the Christmas Rally.

Steve Broadus
It was such a pleasure to meet your wife, Cheri, when she dropped of the donation from the Texas Highland Lakes Unit December Rally that benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and our families. We are so grateful for your support of our work. 
Please let me know if anyone from your group is ever interested in getting a tour of the House, I'd love to show you first hand the impact your donations have on our day to day operations.
With gratitude,
Development Manager
Rockport-Fulton Hurricane Relief
Here’s a photo of Cheri delivering THLU’s donation to Diane Probst, the President and CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Diane told Cheri that when we have our October Rally in Rockport that our group should plan on visiting her and she would provide a presentation about Hurricane Harvey’s impact and the community’s recovery
Christmas Rally Pictures can be viewed in the Photo Collections at Just click here.

Lake Athens -N- Canton Trade Days Rally
March 1 - 4, 2018
Christmas in San Antonio was unforgettable.
Perfect weather, fun activities and great company.
Let's continue the great times in Athens, Texas.
 Time to slowly emerge from our long winter's nap. 
 Experience the beauty of East Texas. 
  Visit Canton for Trade Days. 
 Do some fishing and golfing.

For park information and nearby attractions, visit 

Registration and Rally Schedule Coming Soon!
Rally Schedule April & May 2018

April 5-8, 2018 Cherokee Wildflowers!
Fleming’s Ranch, Cherokee, TX
Dry camping experience with electrical hookups on Wendy and Shirley’s lovely hill country ranch! Camp along the creek where you can swim, kayak, canoe, or exercise your canine. Enjoy the richness of the stars at night as you can at few other places, and join us for a bonfire at night.

May 3-6, 2018 Bravo Rio Guadalupe!
Kerrville-Schreiner Park, Kerrville, TX
Bring a friend with their SOB rig to this Buddy Rally. Enjoy the wonderful group dining hall, guided James Avery and Mooney Aircraft Plant tours, golf, and skeet shooting. Kayak or canoe on the Guadalupe River, which is adjacent to the Park.

  ****CANCELLATION POLICY for park: Cancellation of a reservation PRIOR to 48 hours of arrival date will result in a $20.00
surcharge. Cancellation of a reservation WITHIN 48 hours of arrival will result in the loss of the first night paid .****

The rally invite and registration for the rally through Constant Contact will be coming out this week. Check your emails this week.
Big Bend Unit Caravan
January 30 - February 11
Forty of us will be taking 21 Airstream rigs to West Texas and Big Bend National Park (BIBE) for a 2-week Unit Caravan. We'll be staying at South Llano River and Davis Mountains State Parks in West Texas, as well as Study Butte/Terlingua and Rio Grande Village in BIBE. Food, fellowship, hiking, horseback riding, jeep tours, and river rafting are planned. The weather should be great, the stars will be beautiful, and the uniqueness of this area of Texas is expected to inspire awe and wonder! Thanks to Dennis Carroll, a BIBE Caravaner, for the photo below. These are the night views we can expect!


Region 9 Rally: 
Peace, Love, Airstream

Peace, Love, Airstream will take place April 9 – 15, 2018 at the Expo Center of Taylor County in Abilene, Texas. The rally parking fees include six (6) nights of 30 amp electric, water, and one pump out. 

Keith and Grady did an awesome job for last year's rally. The food and entertainment were outstanding. Seeing Grady Hulu last year was a hoot.

Early registration is a tremendous help for them.

91 rigs have chosen to be a part of
THLU for 2018.
Jean Beebe sent out the following email on January 10 to 2018 THLU Members:

We are getting ready to print our 2018 Pocket Directory. Please check your information and let me know ASAP of corrections or additions.
Happy New Year.
Jean Beebe

If you have not yet responded, click here to email Jean or call at 512-745-4201 (cell).
  • Harvey & Gail and Jack & Jill, too: We had a great Christmas in Santa Fe and met Airstream friends: Carlos & Rosemary and Wendy & Tammy. Vanessie’s for great food and, of course. Doug Montgomery on the piano. This was the first time Carlos & Rosemary had been to Santa Fe during Christmas and also was a first for them to go to Vanessie’s. We are departing Ruidoso the end of January and looking forward to the Big Bend Caravan. After the Caravan, we head to Hillsboro where construction is scheduled to begin on our new carport addition to our Villa at NTAC around February 20.

  • Darel and Marve will become first time grandparents this spring! Daughter Summer and her husband, Jesi, are expecting in May!

  • Ed and Cheri: We're looking forward to a great time with our THLU friends on the upcoming Big Bend Unit Caravan, as well as at the Rally in Athens! Our plans are progressing on our home in Anacortes, Washington this spring, with an expected finish by early fall. Beginning in 2019, we'll spend our summers in WA and our winters in TX. Our home in Texas will be listed this month. We're beginning the hunt for another Airstream, with the idea of having one in WA at our home and the other in covered storage in TX. We're expecting our sixth grandchild in June! Yeah!

  • Peter and Carol: Carol and I purchased a new Classic 30’ from Camper Clinic scheduled for delivery in late March. We will need to sell our 2013, 25’ RB Twin Flying Cloud with ProPride hitch for $35,000.00.  Without the hitch the same new trailer is $84,400.

  • Gene and Kathy left on a cruise out of Galveston on Friday, January 12th. It's a five day cruise on the Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas, with stops in Mexico, including Cozumel. This will be a relaxing trip following a busy holiday season with family! Happy New Year, all!

  • Harry and Debi Jean enjoyed the Airstream party at Matagorda for New Years. The weather there was great and so was the food. We are currently bottle feeding a baby calf so we are not able to get away for a few months. This is the time of year we have to haul and feed lots of hay. We plan to see you all on a couple of rallies this year.

  • Steve and Ginger: This year we purchased a villa at NTAC to store our trailer. We liked NTAC so much we went back and purchased a empty lot. Now we are in the process of having plans drawn-up to build a villa on the empty lot. We have made some new changes to the trailer in preparation for our trip to Salem, OR and then caravan thru Alaska. On December 29th Steve retired from Exxon Mobil after 38 years. He said "I love it, everyday is Saturday".

  • Willard and Linda Fischer have recently bought a house at NTAC in Hillsboro. 

  • The Blakey’s, Mooney’s, Findlay’s, Sheridan’s, and Dennis Carroll were added to the Big Bend Caravan after Caravan leaders decided to open it up to all on the waiting list!

  • Rick and i enjoyed a week of warmer temperatures at LaFeria last week. Rick built a new well house and I cooked some tasty collard greens from our garden.

  • Marty and Cindy's son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters moved to Texas after living in Maine for many years. They are so excited to have them living in Austin.

  • Mike and Betty also just purchased a new 2018 Airstream 30 foot Classic from Foley's in Gulfport, MS. We will take delivery in approximately three weeks once the solar panels are delivered and installed and the trailer prepped. We should have the new rig before the March Rally and before we go cruising out of Ft. Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean on 2/11.  We have our 2014 Airstream 27 foot FC FB Twin for sale for $45,000. This price includes an Equalizer hitch and one 100 watt solar panel and controller. This unit came with both a microwave and a propane oven and two TV's. The 2014 can be viewed locally in Georgetown up until we pull it to Foley's in Gulfport where it will be put on consignment.  We can be reached at 512-869-7615 or via e-mail at

f or your responses. I know how busy everyone is each day.
THLU Lunches
The January Lunch was held on Thursday, January 4 at Maggiano's. The members attending were Peter and Carol Sajovich, Myron and Kathryn Fischer, Tom and Jean Beebe, Mike Richards, Jami Eng, and Jim and Marjie Riggios. The Riggios are currently hosting at Bastrop State Park.
T he next lunch will be on
Thursday, February 15, 2018
4301 W. William Cannon, Bldg C
Austin, TX 78749
Happy Birthday to You!
Lester Rosario 1/2
Fischer Kathryn 1/3
Blakey David 1/4
Zeringue Ginger 1/7
Perrin Lynn 1/10
Ball Darel 1/13
Beebe Tom 1/15
Harkey Debi Jean 1/17
Courtney Jim 1/18
Price Luther 1/19
Latham Janet 1/27
Riva Kathryn 2/3
Burger Dale 2/4
Beebe Jean 2/5
Fleming Shirley 2/5
Boutwell John 2/9
Thomas Pat 2/13
Blood Victor 2/15
Addicks Ed 2/16
McClanahan Marilyn 2/16
Craig Harvey 2/20
Bell Don 2/24
Skinner Cindy 3/1
Roper Dave 3/5
Selking Andy 3/9
Selking Barb 3/10
Richards Mike 3/11
Harkey Harry 3/12

Happy Anniversary

Jordan, Julie & Stephanie Sobotik
Maddux, Jack & Ruth
Leach, Carlos & Rosemary
Mooney, Jimmy & Marque
Haddaway, Jim & Janie
Lovelace, Bill & Pat

61st Wally Byam Airstream Club

June 23-30, 2018 in Salem, Oregon

ORDER RALLY SHIRTS FROM A & W DESIGNS –  Place orders for Salem rally shirts and hats with A & W Designs by printing the form below and e-mailing, mailing or calling them with your order. Shirts can be sent directly to you for a small shipping fee or sent to Salem for free and picked up at the rally. Click here to download the order form:

ORDER RALLY EARRINGS AND NECKLACES –  Place orders for Salem earrings and necklaces with Mary Butler at Coastal Reflections by calling 956-425-7858 or 956-245-4410 or e-mailing her at . You can buy all or any parts you want. Free shipping on orders over $15; under $15 shipping will be $3.

Camper Clinic II

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