History of the Everglades Chapter of the Good Sam Club

 By Stella Scotts and Francess Sutton

Edited by J. Dutka

     “Everglades” was the first Good Sam Chapter organized in the State of Florida, in September 1969.  Tom and Stella Scott with their sons, Danny and Tommy, and Frank and Lillian Freeland all of Fort Myers, held their first meeting and campout at Koreshan State Park in Estero.

     At the second campout, October 1969, at Fisheating Creek, they were joined by five more families.

     The third meeting was held at the Chokoloskee Island Park.  While there, they decided on the name “Everglades”.  They thought it fitting since they were camping that weekend almost in the middle of the Florida Everglades.

     By January 1970, they were getting more new members.  Doug Adset and Family joined the fifth campout at Morehaven Locks.  Frank Freeland had been elected President and he appointed Wagonmasters for each campout.

    Meanwhile, other Chapters were beginning to organize in Florida.  The National Good Sam asked them to contact the “Everglades Chapter”.  The Miami group met with the “Everglades Chapter” in April 1970 at the Sawgrass Recreation Area, U.S. 27, Andytown for a joint meeting and again in May at Pahokee State Park.

     The National Good Sam Rally was held at Fiesta Key November 1970.  Frank Freeland was appointed State Director and plans were made to hold a Florida State Rally at Boggy Creek in Kissimmee in November 1971.  Doug Adsit replaced Frank Freeland as president of the “Everglades Chapter”.

     In July 1971 Frank and Lillian Freedland moved to Alaska, which left a vacancy for State Director.

     The first Florida State Rally was held at Boggy Creek, November 1971.  Doug Admit was elected State Director to replace Frank Freeland.  Stella Scott was elected first State Secretary.  Rod McQueen became President of the “Everglades” Chapter.

     Through the years, ten of our chapter members have served as Florida State or Regional officers.  Through the years we have camped all over the State.

We have held a meeting every month. November 1, 2019 was our #600 business meeting.  We are proud of our record.