We are the Sassy Sams
The Sassy Sams meet the first weekend of each month September
through May. Our camping weekends are from Friday
to Sunday morning,
although many of us who are retired show up on Wednsday or Thursday.
We currently have 21 member
rigs (although our By Laws
permit us to have as many as 30). We quite often have 15 or more members
present at a campout.
Our members live in Tampa, Spring Hill, Inverness, Ocala,
Leesburg and areas in between.
When we camp, we usually stay within a 75 mile radius of
Homosassa Springs. We are a social, friendly group of people.
We enjoy each other's company. We like to play lawn games, cards and
dominos. We have Social Hours on Friday and Saturday afternoons, We each
take a turn co-hosting a weekend campout. We often have Pot Luck suppers
on Saturday night. Many folks carpool and go out to dinner at a local
restaurant on Thursday or Friday night. If the women are not working on
crafts for a volunteer project, they'll often head into town and shop,
During the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) we have special
dinners and programs and our Treasury provides the turkeys and hams,
We have a number of charities we support e.g., Florida Guide
dogs for the Deaf, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army Food Banks
in Hernando and Citrus Counties, Toys for Tots, and the James Haley
Veterans Hospital in Tampa. Some of our members knitted chemo caps for
the Cancer Center at Shands Hospital in Gainsville and slippers for the
veterans at James Haley Veterans Hospital, and Metropolitan Ministries
Usually about 2/3 of our members attend the Florida State Samborees
and some members attend out of state Samborees. We're very proud that in
2006, 2008, and again in 2009 we took First Place in the Theme Parade at
the Fall Samboree. We were also voted Florida Chapter of the Year for
2009. Our Chapter was the first Chapter asked by the new State Director
to provide entertainment at the 2009 Winter Samboree at Dunellon. The
Sassy Sams are Charter Members of the Florida Society of Fuzzy Puckers.
We welcome you to come to a Campout and take a look at us. If you’re
interested in joining, we ask that you attend three campouts (voting
will take place on the third campout). For more information please call
or e-mail our
Brief History of the Sassy Sams
Sassy Sam's first President Charles Stem received our
charter on October 10, 1998.
and he served until February 12, 1999.
Roland Sorel served as President from February 13, 1999 to
December 31, 2000.
Frank Bunnell served as President from January 1, 2001 to
December 31, 2002.
Jim Pant served as President from January 1, 2003 to December
Rodney Carlson served as President from January 1, 2005 to
December 31, 2008.
Evelyn Jorgensen served as President from January 1, 2009 to
December 31, 2010.
Chip Benvenuto was elected in 2010 and he stepped down in 2011.
Evelyn Jorgensen served as President from 2011 to December 2012
Gene Gullett will serve as President from January 1, 2013 to
December 31, 2014.