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RVW members impacted during Camp Fire wildfire


The recent Camp Fire wildfire that raged through the town of Paradise, California in November impacted several RVW members living in Paradise and the surrounding area.

According to Freewheeler Chapter president Marilyn “Charlie” Chuck, the following RVW members, who are in the FreeWheelers Chapter, were impacted:

  • Kathy Zeichick and Sue Pfluecke lost their house, as well as their RV and boat

  • Shirley Lyon’s home was spared but needs extensive cleaning from the smoke and ash.

  • Natalie Lovinfosse also lost her home and is staying with her daughter Lee Lovinfosse who lives in Chico. Lee worked in Paradise but the place she worked is now gone, so she lost her job.

 Sue Pfluecke and Kathy Zeichick have started cleaning up their land after the devastating Camp Fire wildfire. Money alone can’t replace the losses endured by these women. A sense of humor also helps. Here is what they posted on Facebook: “Just a little bit of work and we should be ready for Sugar Barge.” Sugar Barge is an annual FreeWheeler rally.  Photo from Facebook.

The FreeWheelers Chapter quickly stepped up to help their members. Two women raffled off a handmade ukulele and donated the $520 proceeds while other members also generously donated money. When RVW members attending the Shawnee convention heard about the disaster, they quickly collected $800 at the banquet. By the end of the month, the chapter had collected $7,300 that they distributed to their affected members.

Anyone who would like to still donate can write a check made out to RVW FreeWheelers and mail it to Sally Johnson, 4401 Walnut Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Please write Camp Fire in the memo line. The chapter will make sure it continues to go to those members who need it.

In a message to the chapter, Lee and Natalie said, “We both want to thank the FreeWheelers so much for thinking of us. It’s really rough up here; there are so many who have lost so much. We feel so blessed to have our FW family in addition to our family and friends here.”

While the two women had to miss the recent FreeWheelers rally in Plymouth, they said they are looking forward to Casa in February and seeing everyone again.

It has been a rough year for the FreeWheelers. Just one year ago, Sonoma County suffered a series of fires destroying many homes and businesses. Many FreeWheelers living there were evacuated and found refuge with other FreeWheelers who opened their homes to them. Fortunately, their homes were spared.