2014 Chapter of the Year

Above and Beyond

Good Sam’s Chapter of the Year is the best of the best

Each year since 1975, the Good Sam Club has chosen a Chapter of the Year that exemplifies the Good Samaritan spirit, and 2015 was no exception. A panel of five judges scored each nominated chapter based on last year’s volunteer hours, charitable donations and other philanthropic pursuits. After the votes were tallied, the 2015 Chapter of the Year award went to — drumroll, please — the Utah Deer Sams.

Based in Orem, Utah, the winning chapter provided more than 21,000 hours of volunteer service last year, as well as collecting money and donating goods with a combined value of more than $23,000. From quilting blankets to raising cash, chapter members constantly came up with new ways to use their skills to help local charities.

Putting their creative talents to work, members donated 136 homemade blankets, 67 knit hats, 49 stuffed animals and 108 pillowcases in 2015. These handcrafted goods went to an assisted-living community and shelters for the homeless and victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Members also stitched 36 superhero capes to help make young patients feel special at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Remember the old saying “The train is leaving the station”? The Utah Deer Sams take this to heart. Each year members volunteer at the Heber Valley Train Pull for Special Olympics where locals attempt to pull a 178-ton locomotive 30 feet in a fundraiser that benefits the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The chapter set up, kept score and served as official timers at the 2015 event, in addition to taking applications. But they didn’t stop there. Members fired up their grills to cook hot dogs at the annual Halloween party to benefit Rise, a nonprofit organization that provides services for adults and children with developmental and other disabilities.

Throughout the year, the Utah Deer Sams also found time and funds to support their state’s Good Sam Club organization. At the 2015 Utah Good Sam RV Rally at Cherry Hill Resort, the chapter organized the Crazy Golf tournament and the Theme Parade, judging the parade floats and making sure both activities ran smoothly.

Music producer Quincy Jones once said, “Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he or she is good at doing.” For members of the Utah Deer Sams, those are words to live by.

Chapter of the Year Honorable Mentions

  • Phoenix Phun Phinders: East Phoenix, Arizona

  • Trail Blazing Sams: Tampa Bay, Florida

The Good Sam Club has over 1,200 regional chapters of RVing families that get together for good times and good deeds. Joining or starting a chapter is a great way to have fun and meet people who share your interests. www.goodsamclub.com/chapters

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2014 Will Rogers Sams Oklahoma
2013 Trail Blazing Sams Florida
2012 Golden Triangle Sams Florida
2011 Utah Deer Sams Utah
2010 South Georgia Rivers Sams Georgia
2009 Rolling Sams Florida
2008 Utah Deer Sams Utah
2007 Dogwood Sams Florida
2006 Trail Blazing Sams Florida
2005 Trail Blazing Sams Florida
2004 Weber Waffies Utah
2003 Weber Waffies Utah
2002 Helping Hand Sams Iowa
2001 Paradise Sams Oregon
2000 Get Along Sams Washington
1999 Santiam Sams Oregon
1998 Get Along Sams Washington
1997 Cherokee Trail Sams Tennessee
1996 Rovin' Sams Indiana
1995 Rambling Sams Montana
1994 Tag-A-Long Sams Colorado
1993 Good Sam Sand Dollars Florida
1992 Mountain Shadow Sams Montana
1991 Mountain Shadow Sams Montana
1990 SOS Sams Iowa
1989 South Florida Hillbilly Sams Florida
1988 Twin Spire Sams Kentucky
1987 Beehive Sams Mississippi
1986 Trail Blazer Sams Texas
1985 Shy-O-Ming Tumbleweeds Wyoming
1984 Three River Sams Texas
  Seneca Sams Ohio
1983 Ozark Sams Arkansas
1982 Capitol Area Wheelers Maine
1981 Golden Circle Sams Tennessee
1980 Good Time Sams Texas
1979 Chester Nuts South Carolina
1978 Colorado Rocky Rollers Colorado
1977 Friendly Maryland Travelers Maryland
  Sweetheart Sams Colorado
1976 Turlock Pleasure Seekers North Carolina
1975 SAC Sams North Carolina
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