RMEF to Host Six-State Southeast Rendezvous
The first-ever RMEF Dixie Rendezvous will be held June 17-19 at the Sheltowee Camp near London, Kentucky, and is open to RMEF members and volunteers from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
RMEF Regional Directors Chris Croy and Bill Carman “hatched” the joint Rendezvous idea after reflecting on the success of last year’s state and regional chair meetings at the Breaks Interstate Park on the Kentucky-Virginia border. The shared rendezvous experience will allow many members to see some new country and meet new people.
“Folks seemed to really enjoy the environment of the Cumberland Mountains, so we started looking for a similar environment,” said Carman. “I immediately thought of our good friend, Taylor Orr, (past RMEF Chairman’s Award winner) who had purchased an old forestry training camp and renovated it. Taylor’s camp is close to great scenery, hiking, Laurel Lake, a nice trout stream, Cumberland Falls and other attractive amenities.”
“It is only fitting that our first southeast volunteer rendezvous is held in Kentucky. Kentucky is the benchmark that all other elk restorations are held to,” said Croy. “Heck, if there were not elk in Kentucky where would our elk programs be today in North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri and soon West Virginia?”
Activities for Rendezvous attendees include campfire fellowship, great food, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking and fishing.
Sheltowee Camp is a modern campground facility that offers cabins, a bunkhouse, RV camping and tent camping. Also on site are bath houses, a large recreation hall, a large mess hall and picnic shelters. The camp is adjacent to the Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Sheltowee Trace, a north-south hiking trail that spans the complete state from Ohio to Tennessee. “Sheltowee” is Daniel Boone’s Shawnee name, Big Turtle. The camp is also close to I-75, which makes this a convenient destination.
“At this event, there will be time and the opportunity to share our mutual love of the outdoors, elk, and our mission with members and volunteers we have never met. We can also share fundraising ideas from our own home chapters with those from other states in a relaxed and casual setting,” added Carman.
The cost for the food and lodging is free. Whitewater rafting is $100 per person and the horseback trail ride is $40 per person. The goal is to repeat the event in another state in the future.
For Dixie Rendezvous information and to reserve a spot, contact Carman at 859-489-1593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RMEF Regional Director (Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia)