From young families with children to members in their golden years, Good Sam Club chapters bridge the generations. Take the Calgary Wild Rose chapter, for instance. Launched in 1978, the chapter is one of Alberta’s oldest, yet its youngest member, Maddigan Kelly, just celebrated her first birthday.
Maddigan’s parents, Darryl and Lori Kelly, signed up with the Calgary Wild Rose chapter a few years ago for the same reason most Good Sam members join a chapter. They own a motorhome and wanted to go camping with fellow RVers. Since joining the chapter, they’ve made close friends, tapped into a well of RV expertise and traveled throughout their home province.
“We’ve really explored southern Alberta,” says Darryl. “The Wild Rose chapter makes all the arrangements, so camping is stress-free.”
“They’re like family to us,” says Lori, adding that Maddigan is lucky to have so many “aunts,” “uncles” and “grandparents.” “She’s very blessed and spoiled with love and cuddles.”
With a current membership of 22 RVing families, the Calgary Wild Rose chapter is always on the lookout for new members and new ways to help in their community. During the holidays last year, chapter members and corporate sponsors raised $1,400 to purchase toys, toiletries, winter clothing and personal items for Inn from the Cold, Calgary’s largest emergency family shelter. A similar humanitarian project is already in the works for this holiday season.
The Calgary Wild Rose chapter is one of 22 Good Sam Club groups that welcome the young and the young at heart throughout Alberta. Read about them all at rvalberta.ca or pay a visit to the province’s Fall Mini Samboree, September 5 through 8 in the south-central Alberta village of Acme.