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Camping season has come to Indiana! Rain and all!

Despite the rain, we had a great turnout for the Brown County weekender. Fifteen units in all, including three first-timers. The weekend got off to a wet start. But by Saturday, the sun came out and it started drying up. We had 30 people for the Saturday meal, including long-timer Patsy Marston, who was our guest at the carry-in. We finished the evening with a campfire and music, thanks to Ken, grandson Dean, Phil and Mardell.
On Saturday, we presented Ann Newman a small token of our deep appreciation for all her service to the club. Her award-winning editing of the Directory, and her planning and execution of the unit caravans are a legacy that she has left us. She has moved to Culpepper, VA. We will miss her, but we wish her the best in her future plans!

May 12 2017 | weekenders | Comments Off on Brown County review.

2017 Calendar

CIU 2017 Calendar

Date Event Reservation open Date Campsites to target
Dec 3, 2016 Christmas Luncheon
Jan 7, 2017 Luncheon Castleton MCL 11:00am
Feb 4, 2017 Luncheon Castleton MCL 11:00am
Mar 4, 2017 Luncheon Castleton MCL 11:00am
April 1, 2017 Luncheon Castleton MCL 11:00am
May 5-7th, 2017 Brown County Weekender Nov 5, 2016 36-42,47-52
June 2-4, 2017 Turkey Run Weekender Dec 2, 2016 175-183,159-162
July 22-29, 2017 International Rally Escanaba, MI Now
Aug 10-13, 2017 Indiana Dunes S.P. Family Rally Feb 11, 2017 54,56,58,60,64-72
Aug 10-13, 2017 Prophetstown S.P. – Family Rally March 1, 2017 216,218,220,222,224,226,
228,230,232,234,236
Aug 19-22, 2017 Little Grassy Lake, Carbondale,IL Now by Phone/website
Sep 13-17, 2017 Caravan to Region 5 Rally TBD
Oct 13-15, 2017 Oubache S.P. Weekender Apr 13, 2017 20-31

Dec 3, 2016 Christmas Luncheon: at MCL on 86th St and Township line Rd at 11:00am. Not our usual location in Castleton.  Bring a canned or boxed goods for Food Panty donation.  MCL 2370 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Winter Luncheons: are at Castleton MCL, 5520 Castleton Corner Ln, Indianapolis, IN 46250 at 11:00am

Weekenders Rallys: You are required to make your own reservation at the State Parks,  Get your reservation early as the campgrounds do fill up.  Indiana opens reservations 6 months ahead.  Book online at http://indianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/

Aug 11-13, 2017: Indiana Dunes S.P. Caravan and Family Rally, more details coming.

Aug 19-22, 2017: This location will be in the prime spot for the upcoming Full Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.  The far southern portion of the state is the only part that sees totality, but it gets a lot! Murphysboro (2m40s at 1:19:30pm), Makanda (2m40s at 1:20:11pm), Carbondale (2m38s at 1:20pm) and Marion (2m28s at 1:20:40pm) are prime viewing locations.  More infomation on the Eclipse at http://www.eclipse2017.org/


Other activities:
Aug 19-22, 20-17 Illinois Lincolnland Unit is planning a rally at Dequion Fairgrounds to view the solar eclipse, and have invited us to join them.  Anyone not already attending the Little Grassy Lake campground is welcome to join them.

Alumapalooza 8 2017 is May 30 – June 4th and conflicts with our Turkey Run weekender.  So plan accordingly.

November 07 2016 | News and weekenders | Comments Off on 2017 Calendar

Time to make your reservations for 2016

  • If you didn’t read all the way to the bottom of the November Ticker, the last item was a message about reserving spots for our first Weekender of next year at Brown County


“It’s already time to register for our first Weekender for next year!!  Yay!  That means only 6 months til our next CIU glamping experience!!  Yes, it is time to register for our April 29 – May 1 Brown County State Park Weekender.  Reserve through Reserve America and let’s keep the same sites we’ve occupied the past two years;  let’s reserve sites 36-42 in the Buffalo Ridge Electric Campground, followed by sites 28-35.  Don and I are registered for site 37 and are arriving Thursday.”  So far we have…

Masons on site 36
Newman on 39
Langells on 38
Freys on 41
Gordys on 43
Russels on 37

A good start for a good time!!  Please join us!
  • And now it’s time to book our sites at Patoka Lake State Park for our second Weekender!!  Going a little farther south for warmer weather for this one.  The official dates are May 13 – 15, so tomorrow is the first day you can reserve through Reserve America.  Let’s reserve sites 297, 299, 304. 308. 312, and 314 first – that’s the inner circle of a loop, followed by sites 305-313.  This is opening weekend for this park, so they may book up quickly.  This loop is close to the lake with paths back to it.  Looks like a great place to meet!  There are many things to do in the park and close by:
  • French Lick is 20 minutes away – tour the West Baden Springs Hotel, http://www.frenchlick.com/hotels/westbaden, casino, winery, golf course, and more
  • St. Meinrad Archabbey is 35 minutes away – tour info, http://www.saintmeinrad.org/visit-us/
  • Marengo Cave is 20 minutes away
  • Patoka Lake Tours – April – October: Wednesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm.  Public sightseeing tours of Patoka Lake. Come search for Osprey, Eagles, Beavers, Herons, Loons and other wildlife
  • Patoka Lake offers boat rentals, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and more
  • Please email me with your site numbers so we can keep track of our CIU peeps and their spots.
  • The Ticker Publisher position is still available.  Otherwise, members will just get updates and notifications via emails such as this.

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