MESSAGE FROM TOM
Studies have shown that people are happiest when they are involved in leisure activities. "Leisure activities seem to improve happiness because they strengthen the social connection we have with others" according to those studies. Let's see – leisure activities, social connections – I think we're on to something here. Having fun with friends makes you happy!
I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to see this firsthand at our properties throughout the year. Whether it's being taught the basics of pickleball, shuffleboard or trap shooting, I've had the joy of learning a new skill surrounded by people who made it fun (and who had a good dose of patience!).
A colleague and I took an RV trip and we traveled from Illinois to New York in a loop, visiting numerous properties along the way. At our preserve in St. Clair, Michigan, our site neighbors taught us "greenhorns" how to "back it in." Fishing at Ohio's Kenisee Lake and watching a magnificent sunset at Brennan Beach on New York's Lake Ontario are definitely memorable highlights. And our visit to Bear Cave (or should I say Bat Cave) in Buchanan, Michigan, is a story I recount often and find that people enjoy hearing again and again. A fun trip to say the least!
I can't forget the "non-competitive" basketball game that took place at our Arrowhead campground with a team of coworkers. A game that produced not only a few bumps and bruises that can still be felt today, but also the priceless stories told by all who participated.
What I witnessed on these trips, and quickly became a part of, was people engaging in life. All aspects of it – family, adventure, camaraderie, companionship, ecology, history, nature and more.
I am amazed every time I visit a property and talk to our members and guests. Hearing their stories and watching them wholeheartedly dive in to the experience is so fulfilling. It is so easy to follow right along and join in on the fun!
We're always looking for ways to enhance the value of your membership and we've recently partnered with Coleman to provide our members a 15 percent discount on Coleman products. Camping with quality equipment just adds to the fun!
So, summer fun is on tap across our preserves and resorts this season. Activities will take advantage of sunny days, cooler nights, and a temporary respite from schoolwork and life's work. FUN is the focus and we've got our sights set on it.
Thought Of the Month