NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN RV’ERS ASSOCIATION
EASTERN REGION DIRECTOR’S REPORT
GREETINGS FROM NAARVA EASTERN REGION
2023 REGIONAL RALLY ACTIVITY
NAARVA Eastern Region held their Annual Camp Rally at Lakewood Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach SC from May 11-14, 2023 with early admission commencing May 7-10 2023. The rally was planned with the COVID-19 criteria in place, with meals distributed in closed containers, and with face mask and social distancing optional. There were 91 RV sites and 6 cottages registered for the rally and out of that number 19 were new members of NAARVA Eastern Region as well as first timers attending a rally. The Opening Ceremony kicked off with our Master of Ceremony Wm (Bill) Christmas. the Presentation Of Colors by Carolina Forest HS NJROTC and with the live vocal performance of The National Anthem sung by Preston Carter an employee of Lakewood Camping Resort followed by the Negro National Anthem video of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” The Eastern Region flag ceremony then proceeded with John King's renovated Eastern Region's flag stand which displayed colorful lights as well as a new flag stand in the shape of a recreational vehicle that was donated to The Eastern Region by The Virginia Camping Cardinals. The Flag Ceremony was conducted by Lisa King, Flag Coordinator for The Eastern Region who had youths, new members and first timers attending a rally carry and place the flags in their precise slots on the two flag stands. Overall, the rally was a success as the resort had large 30/50 amp full-hook-up sites and plenty of amenities for the members to enjoy that included a beach, water park with slides and a lazy river, Indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball and basketball court and free rental of paddle boats and bicycles. The attendees had an enjoyable time playing the games at the rally such as card bingo, cake walk and the trash talking competitive Beanbag Baseball Tournament where Lisa King’s team finally got their win. On Saturday evening Michael Terrell and Darius Shackleford put on such a fantastic night of entertainment with Lip Sync and Karaoke. Some of the members who participated in the event showed off their talent by dressing up as the person/group that they were lip singing or doing Karaoke to. We also had amazing live vocal entertainment performance by members of the Eastern Region Denise Hamilton, Darius and Sharon Shackleford who brought the house down with their awesome gospel and R & B performance. We collected at our Worship Service $510.00 and made a charitable monetary donation to the New Directions Family Shelter in Myrtle Beach SC. Door Prizes were given out on Friday and Saturday with the help of youths calling out the winners as well as the big winner of the 50/50 who was overjoyed with their cash winning of $500.00
2023 CURRENT CLUB STATUS
The Eastern Region has a total of 186 members current in their 2023 membership dues. Out of the 186 members 35 are new members to the Eastern Region and out of the 35 new members 16 attended the 2023 Eastern Region Annual Camp Rally. All of the eight chartered/clubs of NAARVA National in the Eastern Region are current in their NAARVA chartered dues.
2024 NAARVA EASTERN REGION ANNUAL CAMP RALLY
NAARVA Eastern Region will not be hosting their Annual Spring Camp Rally in 2024 as they will be hosting the 2024 NAARVA National Annual Camp Rally.
NAARVA Eastern Region is in the process of planning the 2024 NAARVA National Annual Camp Rally. Resort site visits to Encore Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort in Clermont Florida and Resort at Canopy Oaks in Lake Wales Florida were conducted by the Director and Assistant Director of NAARVA Eastern Region and the Assistant Treasurer of NAARVA National and found both of them to be suitable to host the 2024 NAARVA National Annual Camp Rally at. Site visits at the other potential Resorts will be done at a later date. The final decision of the venue where to host the 2024 NAARVA National Annual Camp Rally at will be made by the NAARVA National Executive Board. The potential Resorts that are in consideration are:
Encore Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort in Clermont Florida
Resort at Canopy Oaks in Lake Wales Florida
Camp Margaritaville RV Resort, Auburndale, Florida
Bethpage RV Resort in Urbana, VA
Lakewood RV Resort in Myrtle Beach SC
Carolina Pines RV Resort in Conway SC
The dates for the 2024 NAARVA National Annual Camp Rally will be 7/21-28, 2024. Please put this date on your calendar and look for the location of the rally and the up to date information regarding registering for this rally on our website www.naarvaeast.com and on the NAARVA website www.naarva.com. Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this rally at 570 977-9172 or email: email@example.com
Stay safe and we look forward to your attendance at the 2024 NAARVA National Annual Camp Rally hosted by NAARVA Eastern Region as there will be fun, fellowship with family and friends waiting just for you.
Belinda (Bee) Moore, Director, NAARVA Eastern Region