When it comes to the Good Sam spirit, not even a lightning strike can deter members from doing good deeds. Instead, it spurs them to action.
That’s the case when lightning disabled the truck and fifth-wheel trailer of Oklahoma members John and Rose Miller as they traveled home from a Good Sam event in Texas. Their truck was towed back to Oklahoma City, but they had to leave their RV behind.
When Jim McGavock, a member of Oklahoma’s Boomer Sams Chapter, heard of their plight, he immediately took action. McGavock knew that the truck would take several weeks to be repaired and that the Millers couldn’t retrieve their trailer without it. So he took it upon himself to drive 100 miles to the RV, repair its four flattened tires and tow it back to Oklahoma City.
As luck would have it, a deer jumped in front of McGavock’s truck on his way back to Oklahoma City, causing several hundred dollars in damage to his vehicle but no harm to him personally or to the Millers’ trailer. When quizzed about this incident, McGavock said that even with that turn of events, he didn’t regret assisting the Millers and would always be available to help those in need.
“We’re constantly awed by the Good Samaritan spirit displayed by our Chapter members,” says Susan Scholl, secretary of the Oklahoma Good Sam organization. “This is but one example of the caring that is commonplace.” For his unselfish actions, McGavock received Oklahoma’s Good Sam Spirit Award, presented by John Miller, president of the Boomer Sams.
Good Sam unites nearly 1,500 local Chapters—groups of five or more RVing families who get together to travel, socialize and do good deeds. Chapter members not only enjoy each other’s company and lend each other a hand, they perform service within their communities and organize fundraising events for worthy causes.