top of page

News Letter Archive

Vol. 11 # 6 August 2019





Vol.11, NO. 5 August 2019 Editor: Carl Pischke

President Message: Linda Towson.

Thanks to Carl who did this newsletter a month early. We will not have a newsletter in September. There will be a club meeting on Monday, September 9, at 7:00 at Creekside. Also, the next day, Tuesday, September 10, there is the Grass Valley “weekender”. Thanks to Earl Ansley for arranging it.
Solar Update: As you may have read in CEO Tim O’Keefe’s column in the Rossmoor News, the RV lot above MOD is scheduled to be paved at the end of August. Hopefully RV’s will be allowed to return in September. New lease agreements will be distributed to owners in August.
Roadrunner WEB site update: Nancy Ferrara’s son, Michael, has volunteered to help us develop our own WEB site. Michael is owner of Tolero Group, a professional WEB site development company. Guidance from GRF on posting our WEB pages on the Rossmoor site is unclear. I’ll work on that so we can go ahead.
V.P. Steff Veltema has been working on rallies for 2020. He finds that prices have increased, especially when parks have changed ownership. A favorite park, Marina Dunes is now $87 a night. Need your feedback on what to do!
I really appreciate everyone who pitched in and helps this club be successful and fun. Is this about recruitment? YES! We would love for you to take a turn and be involved on the board and/or on

rallies. The nominating committee will meet soon. Please let me know if you will help out. See you at the Bocce Ball picnic!


Sunshine News: Nancy Ferrara.


New Members: Carol Colligan / Linda T.

Welcome the 9th new member / rig to the club this year. Richard (Rick) and India Cox. They come with a 24-foot class C.



Meet Vicki and Tom Roberts, Club members for seventeen years. Tom is a native Californian. Vicki grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After living in San Ramon for twenty-two years, they moved to Rossmoor in 1994. Tom continued to work. He is a CPA and worked in both public and private industry before specializing in taxation. Vicki has a BS degree in mass communication and a MS degree in educational psychology. She worked in property management and as a case manager for a foster finding agency.

They came to RVing after boating in the Delta for twenty years. When their boating compatriots began to buy RV’s and decided to travel to Yuma, AZ., friends convinced the Roberts to join them. That is when they purchased their 35-foot Southwind. Although they joined the Roadrunners


The club will need a new News Letter Editor next year. Carl has been doing the News Letter for 5 years

now and will be retiring.

In 2002, they became more active after Tom shook free of work in 2005. They estimate that they have participated in more than twenty rallies, been Wagon Masters many times, and hosted patio and holiday parties. Tom was our Roadrunner President in 2010 and saw to formatting and distributing the annual membership booklet for eight years. Whew! One of their favorite rallies was to Temple View RV Park in St. George, Utah for which they were Wagon Masters. The group visited Zion National Park and enjoyed a production of ‘Cats’ held at the beautiful outdoor Redrock Theater.

Above all, the camaraderie of fellow members, the many excursions, ‘happy hours’ and meals together and (lots and lots) of laughter has been and will continue to be among their fondest memories.




Vicki and Tom Roberts


Listing of Club Leaders for 2019 with contact information.

President: Linda Towson,, 925-222-1129

Vice-President: Jack Melvin. 925-954-1123,

Co Vice President: Stefford Veltema,, 925-457-0692

Secretary: Jean Veltema,, 925-352-4321

Back up Secretary: Carol Scott., 925-934-9998

Ladies Lunch: Joan Frasco,, 378-7011

Event Coordinator: Joni Bombardier,, 325-1118

Newsletter editor: Carl Pischke., 925-286-9211

Publicity: Mike Casey,, 210-1273

Treasurer: Frank A. Colligan., 530-491-1782

Membership: Carol Colligan,, 530-370-0082

Sunshine: Nancy Ferrara,, 925-944-9566

1 Year trustees: Dmitri and Marilyn DeDenko. 2 Year Trustees: Joni and Jim Bombardier.

Calendar of Events for 2019

August 19 – Roadrunner Bocce & Picnic. Sportsman’s Park at Hillside. The second “annual” Bocce/BBQ/Pot luck event has been scheduled for August 19th. The format will be the same as last year. We will play Bocce in the mid-afternoon followed by a BBQ and Pot Luck around 5 PM. Bocce is open to all, new players as well as those with experience. Instruction and some practice will be available for those that are new at 2 PM. After some Bocce the BBQ and social time will commence. Charcoal will be provided for the grill, Attendees will bring whatever they want for food, meat, beverage, utensils and a small dish to share.

Last year’s event was a big success, so mark your calendar. This event is open to all members and guests. If you don’t care to play Bocce, come to cheer the players on or just for the BBQ and Social time.


September 9 – Regular Club Meeting 7 PM at Creekside Fairway Rm. A/B

September 10 – Weekender in Grass Valley at the Nevada County Fair Grounds. (See information below).

October 10. 5 PM. Potluck at Hillside Club House. October 16 -23. Rally at Pismo Sands RV Resort in

Oceano. See information below.


November 11. Regular Club Meeting at Creekside, Fairway Rm. A/B


December 10. Holiday Party in the Fireside Room at Gateway. Earl Ansley and Larry Larson Coordinators.

Calendar of Events for 2020


March: First Rally of the year: March 22 thru 29 in

Red Bluff, CA, at the Durango RV Resort


You can help:

Coordinators / Wagon-masters are listed where someone has volunteered. If there is no name listed for an event call Joni Bombardier or Linda Towson and volunteer. Where there is a name, call that person and ask what you can do to help.

Ladies Lunch: Joan Frasco:

The next Roadrunners ladies’ lunch will be held at

12 noon on Thursday, August 8th at Il Pavone

restaurant on the corner of Tice Valley and

Olympic. If you wish to carpool, we will leave the

Gateway parking lot promptly at 11:45 a.m. All

members and their guests are welcome and

newcomers are encouraged to attend. This

restaurant requires an accurate count 48 hours

prior to reservation so please call Joan as soon as

possible if you plan to participate. (925) 378-701

Complement on the July Ladies lunchNancy Ferrara

On Thursday July 11, ladies of the Roadrunners Club enjoyed a lovely luncheon with 13 members, at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant of Lafayette. This restaurant is under new management. They made us very welcome, and where ready for us when we arrived. We ordered off the menu, with

separate checks, even accepting individual credit cards. We dined for approximately 2 hours, then returned to Rossmoor with our carpool drivers. Many thanks to Joan Frasco, for making all the arrangements for the charming midweek luncheon.


Vice President: Jack Melvin.

I want you all to know how much I have enjoyed being your Vice President for the past four
years. My tenure started with Joni Bombardier, then onto Mike Casey, and finally with Linda Towson for the past two years. During that
period of time the vice president selected the sites for the one-week rallies, started and selected the weekender outings, and was for a period of time the communications and publication director which was ably taken over by Mike Casey. Linda and I will conclude our duties as President and Vice President in December. Linda has put her heart and soul into her presidency acting as wagon master at two of our one-week rallies, originated and manned the table at the produce market place,

and most recently has worked to develop our presence on the Rossmoor web site.
For our club to continue, we need someone to step forward and take over the office of president and continue the fine work Linda has started. And, we need a member to take over the duties of vice president which aside from rally selection is to support the president. We have a great group of members and I am confident the club will
continue under the existing officers and the new leadership.


Weekender News: Jack Melvin

Sign up now for the September 10 to 13 Weekender in Grass Valley at the Nevada County Fair Grounds RV park. The park requires that all reservations MUST go through Earl Ansley, so give him a call as soon as you can. 925-324-3850. Also, let him know the size of your rig and if you are towing. Let’s all support Earl for the effort he has put into this outing. The registration forms for the Pismo Beach rally have been sent out to the members. If you did not receive one, call Carl or Dolores to have one sent to you. Please be aware that the cutoff date is September 1, 2019. Be sure you sign and date the form.As it now stands, the above will be the last two outings of this year. So, let’s have a nice turnout for both.

Weekender September 10.


Earl Ansley has arranged a Weekender in September at the Grass Valley, Nevada County Fairgrounds. This Grass Valley Gold Country three-day event from Tuesday September 10th thru the morning of Friday the 13th is the last scheduled event this year.  Roadrunners still have several available pull-thru sites, with full hook-ups reserved.  All Roadrunner sites will be grouped together making walking and communicating more convenient.


This wooded fairground has its own private lake where my 6-yr old great-granddaughter Paityn won a recent fishing contest. (See photo).  


Additionally, I’ll be hosting salad and free grilled hamburgers the first night, plus cheap wine.  


During our stay we’ll be visiting the nearby underground Empire Mine and later visiting the Malakoff Diggings State Historic Park.  You’ll see firsthand the effects of massive movement of soil, washing millions of tons of earth, plus liquid mercury down the Sacramento River and into San Francisco Bay.  Some gigantic hydraulic water nozzles, many feet in length, are still on site.  View first hand why this method of mining was subsequently banned after the terrain and river damage became apparent.


Both Grass Valley and nearby Nevada City have historic districts, with many buildings and artifacts from the 1800’s. There are many antique shops, restaurants, wine tasting and interesting shops to visit.


I plan to show an outdoor comedy movie “RV” one evening for those who wish to enjoy it in a group setting.  If you’ve seen it, I believe you’ll enjoy it again.


Full hook-ups are still available for only $40 per night, and the trip is only 127 miles from Rossmoor, up Interstate 80 and Highway 49.  Please contact me ASAP to reserve your spot.

Earl Ansley (925) 324 3850

2019 Rally Information:

Third Rally: The rally will be held at PismoSands RV Resort in Oceano, arriving Wednesday October 16 and leaving Wednesday October 23. The current group rate per day is $54.00 (although that may change) and we have asked for the use of the clubhouse. Wagon Master for the rally will be Dolores Cleary, with assistance from Jack Melvin and Tony Rorie. Local activities and places of interest include: several nearby wineries with tasting rooms, Two golf courses within 10-minute drive, beach walking (with possible whale sightings) and the Dunes Center in nearby Guadalupe,CA. The Dunes Center has art exhibits, local animal specimen exhibits, and artifacts from the local filming of "The Ten Commandments" (directed by Cecil DeMille) in 1923. The signup form has been sent out to all club members. If you did not receive one, email Carl.

RV Club Member’s Travel.

If you travel with your rig and would like to tell the members about the parks you stayed at, Send Carl an email. Pictures are welcome.


Club members birthday’s and Anniversary’s.

Happy Birthday:


Tony Rorie, Carol Lewis, Diane Casey, and Frank Colligan.

Happy Anniversary:


Bob and Roseanne Wright,

RV Cleaners


Coach Cleaning: Works out of Vacaville. Don Stewart. (707) 330-6831

Baker’s Detailing: (cleaning and tops): Corry Baker, (925) 435-4255

Mobile Detailing. 500-376-9699

Camper repairs

Concord Coach, RV repair shop. Concord Coach is now owned by Cuzins and is open for business. The new contact telephone number is the same as for Cuzins. (925) 687-8054

Randy’s Mobile Mechanical Services: (Reviews on Randy’s are great but Randy’s is

expensive $$). Complete shop for auto, RV, and fleet services. It is located at 2750 Cloverdale Ave, Concord, CA. (925) 288-0766.


Timmons Auto & Truck Repair: It is located at 2855 Contra Costa Blvd., Suite D, Pleasant Hill, (925) 938-9665.

Road Runner RV Repair: 415 Beatrice Ct. Brentwood, CA. 94513. (925) 240-6773. Plus, the East county’s most complete parts store.


Just Joe’s Automotive: 1130 Detroit Ave. Concord. 94520. 925-676-6700. Joe’s performs all types of Mechanic work on RVs and other vehicles. Bob Wright and Mike Casey have both had good experiences under the new ownership. Joe’s also does alignments on RVs.

Propane Gas Tank Fill-up.

Propane supplier: 76 station/convenience store/car wash located at the corner of Monument Blvd and Marcia Dr. very close to Hwy 680.
When driving from Walnut Creek on Hwy 680, take the Monument Blvd exit and turn right onto Monument Blvd, and the 76 station is located on the right-hand side, in 100 yards or less.

Suburban Propane. 1765 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord. 686-58-11. Open M – F, 7am to 4 pm. Closed from 12 to 1 PM for lunch.



© 2019 - Rossmoor Roadrunner RV Club

bottom of page