In March 2000 at the FMCA convention in Pomona, California, I promised the members of the Nominating Committee that if I was elected FMCA’s national secretary, I would serve all three years allowed by the FMCA Bylaws. To King deBord, F16686, who was chairman of the committee then, and to the other members of that committee, I can say I have kept my promise.
Whether you need an end table, a footstool, a stool for sitting or standing upon, a coffee table, a 3/4-table, or a magazine rack, the Amazing Magic Table from Miller’s RV Interior Trim can probably do the job. This table can be set to any of eight different heights for use in RVs, homes, and even offices.
The Amazing Magic Table (patent pending) is described as “always in use and never in the way.” It is available in oak for $300, or in walnut, cherry, or various maples for $375.
This summer is a perfect time to experience the vast, diversified, friendly country ofÂ Canada. FMCA’s 70th International Convention in Buffalo, New York, will take place July 18, 19, and 20, and the Northeast Area Rally will be held July 25, 26, and 27 at Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Each January, the electronics industry kicks off the new year with the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Companies from all around the world take part in this event, which is billed as the largest annual trade show focusing on consumer technology.
The village of LeRoy, New York, boasts tree-lined streets, classic Victorian homes, and the distinction of being the birthplace of America’s most famous dessert.
It’s easy to find your way around â€” and to â€” this small town, which is 60 minutes east of the Buffalo/Niagara region. Simply travel along Interstate 90, the New York State Thruway; take exit 47; and travel south a few miles.
Our first stop was a coffee shop on Main Street where excellent pastries are served.
This project serves a dual purpose â€” enhancing the monument that commemorates FMCA’s founding in 1963 in Hinckley, Maine, and helping children in need.
Good Will-Hinckley Homes for Boys and Girls in Hinckley, Maine, is now launching the second phase of the FMCA commemorative walkway project. The fund-raising effort, first announced in August 2000, offers individual FMCA members and chapters the opportunity to improve children’s lives while creating a lasting tribute to FMCA.
Each day, as thousands drive by Good Will-Hinckley and as the 150 youth who call Good Will-Hinckley home walk to lunch, they are greeted by a beautiful monument erected and supported by FMCA members.
When a motorhome owner joins FMCA, one of the things he or she agrees to do is to abide by the FMCA Member Code of Ethics and other rules and standards of the organization, which, as noted in the lead-in to the code, “represent all our endeavors to be good neighbors, careful and responsible coach owners and operators, and good citizens of our communities.” When revising the FMCA Bylaws, the Constitution and Bylaws Committee chose to fashion a more concise Code of Ethics for inclusion therein. The new Code of Ethics appeared in last month’s issue of the magazine as part of the revised Bylaws, but since the document is relatively short, I thought I would repeat most of the verbiage here for the sake of this month’s discussion about courtesy, consideration, and good manners.
The Code of Ethics notes that:
“Consistent adherence to the FMCA Member Code of Ethics is desired and required of every member, in order that the actions of all members may reflect favorably upon each other and upon FMCA; and thereby earn the confidence and respect of the public and its acceptance of FMCA and all its members.
FMCA Member Personal Responsibilities:
- Respect the rights and privacy of other members and coach owners on and off the highways.
- Comply with all Federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the ownership and use of family motor coaches.
- Obtain permission to remain overnight, in a shopping center parking lot or on other private property, from the owner or responsible party of the property.
- Comply with all rules of National, state, municipal, and private facilities in which a member stays.
- Last but not least, members should not lose sight of the fact that there is a universal guideline known as the Golden Rule that directs all proper endeavors.
Therefore, recognizing that the public will judge all family motor coach owners by their individual actions, all members of FMCA, as well as its employed personnel, are enjoined to honor and comply with the FMCA Member Code of Ethics.”
For the most part, FMCA members are among the most courteous and well-mannered folks to be found.
Amid small villages and farmland in western New York, the Genesee River rolls northward on its way to Lake Ontario. The journey it takes is more dramatic than most, as it spills over 24 waterfalls while passing through Letchworth State Park.
The park, approximately 54 miles east of Buffalo, will make a fine stop for FMCA members on their way to or from the association’s 70th International Convention at the Erie County Fairgrounds this July.
The 2003 Rocky Mountain Ramble, dubbed the “Cactus Caper,” was held February 18 through 21 at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona. Although the area has hosted an annual rally for 20 years, this is only the second Ramble hosted by the recently formed Rocky Mountain Motor Coach Association (RMMA) and was, by all accounts, a huge success.
The Cactus Caper was not only fun for all who attended, but it was executed without a hitch thanks to the efforts of the 19 captains and 425 volunteers from RMMA’s 30 chapters.
A group of Christian FMCA members is incorporating their love of travel with their spiritual journeys through life by participating in the Coaches For Christ chapter. Daily morning devotions seem to be the basis for the chapter’s nondenominational rallies, for they’re filled with lively music, inspiring testimonials, and of course, much prayer.
According to Ginger Painter, F23514, chapter president and former International Area vice president, the chapter’s morning devotions are the perfect setting for “getting the relief to people who are frustrated and upset, and [so they can] get to just sit for 45 minutes and forget the turmoil in their lives.” But it’s also about just having a place where people can worship God in a Christian atmosphere, she said.
Here are some sunny, delicious recipes that are galley tested for ease, appealing looks, and great taste.
Sunrise French Toast
This recipe from Sunkist Growers turns everyday French toast into a fruity banquet. Make your favorite French toast recipe, adding a tablespoon of freshly grated grapefruit zest to the milk-egg mixture.
If your full-timing companion is not related to you by blood, marriage, or a legal arrangement such as adoption, you could be cruising toward trouble. There are many advantages to having a traveling partner, but things can unravel quickly if you break up or if one of you has financial, legal, or medical problems.
Picture these real-life scenarios:
Â·Â You donâ€™t want to marry your boyfriend, because youâ€™d lose your late husbandâ€™s $600-a-month pension.
Two hundred years ago, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly acquiredÂ Louisiana Purchase territory. To recognize the importance of the expedition, an elaborate bicentennial to commemorate the journey is under way that will follow the adventurers’ route as closely as possible.
Parking for FMCAâ€™s 70th International Convention will commence on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 a.m. Please display your admittance card on the front windshield, lower left-hand corner of the passenger side.