Our first inauguration to FGRV rallies was to Donna D's NOGs in Oregon. (North Oregon/Non-Organized Gatherings)
We used to belong to Good Sam. GS requires meetings, minutes, and other things not related to camping. So we left.
Now, as a continuation of another FGRV member's gatherings, (I think Casita
Greg) we merely make reservations at a State Park, so far at Taidnapam on US 12 just east of Morton, WA for the first weekend in June and post that information with an invitation for everyone.
That used to coincide with free fishing weekend, but we never had a problem with crowding from fishermen. It turns out this year that the FFW is the second weekend and so we will miss that.
moved their weekend to the last in May, so that conflict has ceased.
We encourage people to bring little things from around the house and we hold a drawing during the Saturday night gathering. We ask people to just let us know they are coming and we make name slips which are selected to designate the next person who can draw from the bag. This is done on the theory that one man's junk is another man's treasure. We don't encourage people spend any money, but there have been some remarkable gifts. We have had home-made birdhouses, and Donna once had a person make a wooden, hand-made flute. But those are the exception.
I tried to bring some activities from Good Sam into the WAGs (Washington Area Gathering) like remote control car races, but so far, no luck. I also would like to have monthly gatherings, but again, no luck.
I would like to go to private RV Parks because they have clubhouses where one can have card games, jigsaw puzzles, and other things out of the weather.