Sunday, September 24, 2017

NOMADS Annual Meeting 2017

On Monday, some of us took the bus tour of the Amana Colonies. The tour centers on the villages as they existed during the communal period which ended in 1932.

First stop is the school and Heritage Museum which are part of the original communal village.

Next stop is one of the general stores, this one in the Village of Homestead.

Next stop is the bakery and the baker to the right treated us to fresh baked goodies.

We passed by the Farm which is the center of all the farming operations in the community.

Last stop is the meeting house.  Men to the right and women to the left.  This is not called a "church" because they rejected the church in Germany and came to America for freedom from "the church".

Next day we had the Love Auction to raise money to support the various projects around the country.  Here Avis demonstrates the Hula Hoop she donated so that NOMADS bidders would get the idea.

Wednesday night after dinner, we were entertained by The Browns whose home base is in Iowa (they recently performed in Manheim) and a class of NOMADS joined in with line dancing to respond to the performance.

Thursday night was the banquet followed by

the NOMADS choir performance which ended the week of meetings.

We headed east toward Chatam, Ill. but stopped in West Branch, Iowa to visit the Herbert Hoover Museum and Presidential Library.  This is his birthplace home and his father's blacksmith shop to the right.  His father died when he was 6 and his mother died when he was 11 and he was moved to relatives in Oregon but he always called West Branch home.  He and his wife are buried here.

The Quaker meeting house where his mother preached.

Seperating men from women was a really big deal in the Quaker meeting house.

The Presidential Library was very interesting and we learned much about Hoover that we had never heard before.
We have moved on down the road to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Ill where 8 NOMADS rigs have gathered to work for the next 3 weeks.  Not sure what we will actually be doing yet but this is a Disaster Distribution Center so we will most likely have a lot of work for the Hurricane Relief.  We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Back on the Road, Fall 2017

While on the road headed west, we stopped one night in Plymouth, Indiana.  Just after we stopped, we had a significant shower and then were treated with this double blessing outside out window.

The next day, we stopped near Davenport, Iowa and went up along the river to Le Clare, Iowa, home of Antique Archeology.  For those who watch History Channel, that is the Iowa store location for the American Pickers.
This is quite the tourist stop with busloads of people.

This shot includes their newest building.

If you have watched the show, you might remember the time they bought these Laurel and Hardy heads.

There are lots of samples of the items they have picked but almost none are for sale.  You can, however, buy lots of hats, tee shirts, mugs, magnets, books and other TV personality items.  Like I said, quite the tourist spot (trap).

Next day we took a drive into Cedar Rapids and got this view of the downtown area.

Sunday, the NOMADS gathered at the Amana RV Park for worship.  This is the beginning of our Annual Meeting week.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Camp Tanako, Arkansas

Here we are in Arkansas at this UMC Camp to help with maintenance & repair.

It's a beautiful drive into the camp

and a beautiful lakeside campground.

This is the Administration building,

some of the cabins and swings (the latter built by former NOMADS teams)

and our campground.

and this is our crew.  From the left front, Jerrel, Linda, Jay and Beth with Stel and Jodi in the rear.

We are currently working in two cabins.

The tile are coming loose and the subfloor is buckled.  We are all working in the same area.

Stel is removing tile,

as is Jerrel

and Jay

and Jodi.

Beth , Jodi and Linda carry out the debris.

Thlen Jerrel cut the OSB in small pieces

Stel & Jay pry up the OSB while Linda tries to contain the debris.

One room had plywood subfloor that had warped.  It is removed and put into the truck to haul to the dumpster.

Levelling the floor for new plywood.

Jay and Beth measuring for plywood sheets.

Jay and Jerrel cutting new plywood and putting it in place.

Jerrel, Stel & Linda attaching the plywood with deck screws.

Jodi learning to use the driver to add screws as well.

Beth and Linda fill the cracks with compound.

Stel finally gets the last screw into the plywood but can she get up after 4 days?

Stel sands joints to remove ridges.

Beth and Jodi clean the floor for vinyl.

2 rooms have plywood so now Jay, Stel, Linda and Jerrel start installing the "click" vinyl sheeting.

Next day, Stel and Beth and Jay are nearing the final wall in this room.

Jerrel busy cutting addtional spacers to keep vinyl tile away from the wall.

The Camp directors visit at the end of the first week to see how we are doing.

As one room is finally finished,

Jarrel and Jay move bunk beds from the other side of the cabin so we can work on the other side.  At the end of  2 weeks, we have two rooms completely tiled, 2 other rooms with new plywood and have begun installing tile in a third room.

On Wednesday of week 2, some local NOMADS bring us lunch and we share the meal with full time campground staff.

It's time to rest before these guys decide we're their lunch.