By Jerry Yeatts, F390000
FMCA Executive Director
I hope all of you have enjoyed the merriest of holidays with family and friends. During this new year, I encourage you to reach out to your longtime FMCA friends and family with a message of good cheer. I’m sure it will brighten their day just knowing that you care enough to call and say hello.
The January 2014 issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine is one for you to carry in your motorhome all year long. It’s loaded with information to assist you as you travel to a nearby lake or an ocean hundreds of miles away. Before you pack this valuable publication in your motorhome, I encourage you to read it cover to cover. As many members have discovered this past year as they have attended the FMCA Member Benefits presentations at the Gillette Family Reunion and at area rallies, the value of these benefits more than pays for the cost of your annual membership.
While all the benefits may be found beginning on page 136, I would like to make you aware of our newest benefit, FMCA RoadHelp, as well as FMCA’s medical evacuation program, FMCAssist.
FMCA Roadhelp Gears Up As Members Hit The Road
FMCA is pleased to introduce FMCA RoadHelp as the newest benefit in the FMCA portfolio. FMCA has teamed up with KOA to provide the FMCA RoadHelp Membership Plan, powered by Allstate Motor Club. This program offers 24-hour emergency roadside service while traveling in your motorhome or personal vehicle. Also, members enrolling in the RoadHelp program receive up to 50 percent in money-saving discounts on dining, entertainment, retail, and rental cars.
For an introductory rate of $69.99 for the first year — a savings of $30 off the normal price — subscribers receive road and towing service, tire change service, fuel delivery, trip interruption coverage of up to $1,500, lost or stolen key service, and lockout service. This special pricing is available for new RoadHelp subscribers only.
More information about the new FMCA RoadHelp Membership Plan appears on page 139, or visit the RoadHelp Web site at www.allstatemotorclub.com/FMCA.
FMCAssist: Peace Of Mind For Pennies A Day
Why should you consider FMCAssist, powered by Seven Corners? While some medical evacuation programs may seem similar to FMCAssist, make sure you do your due diligence by asking the right questions. Unlike some medical evacuation and travel assistance programs, FMCAssist by Seven Corners is an insurance policy, underwritten by Lloyds of London. This means that the program complies with state and federal laws governing insurance programs. Other programs may be considered a contract service and not insurance. In addition, FMCAssist provides assistance returning grandchildren and adult children with disabilities at no extra cost.
FMCAssist covers you in your motorhome or personal vehicle when you are 100 miles or more away from home. And full-timers always are considered 100 miles away from home. You don’t need to be traveling to or from an FMCA event to take advantage of FMCAssist. Whether on a cruise, a trip around the world, or to a destination a few hours from home, FMCAssist provides extra peace of mind.
For more information about the FMCAssist program, please see page 139; visit the Web site at www.fmca.sevencorners.com; or call (877) 202-4176.
KOA Care Camps Added To Round-Up Campaign
FMCA’s Round Up-Program has added a new charitable organization that helps to bring hope, healing, and summer camp fun to children who have cancer. The mission of KOA Care Camps is to allow these amazing children to attend one of the more than 50 specialized, medically supervised summer camps throughout the United States and Canada where they can just be themselves and enjoy time outdoors. Surrounded by other kids like them, they swim, go on hikes, sing songs, and create memories that help get them through the tough times. They heal physically and emotionally, and hope flourishes.
A Round-Up contribution to KOA Care Camps will help provide the opportunity for a greater number of children to enjoy camping experiences and help them to remember what it’s like to “just be a kid.” For more information about the KOA Care Camps program, visit www.koacarecamps.org.
How Does The Round-Up Program Work?
FMCA has designated four charities to benefit from generous members who wish to make a difference in the lives of those in need. The four charities are Habitat for Humanity, Good Will-Hinckley School, Pro-Literacy Foundation, and KOA Care Camps. Each of these charities emphasizes the importance of family.
When paying your annual membership dues, you may wish to “round up” your dues to benefit these charities. Your contribution will be distributed equally among the four organizations, or you can request that your round-up contribution be directed to one of the four charities.
Here’s a brief background description provided by each of FMCA’s four designated charities:
Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.
ProLiteracy champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies. We envision a world in which everyone can read, write, compute, and use technology to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.
Good Will-Hinckley, the founding location of FMCA, was originally a home to youth facing complex academic, social, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Today the school has formed the first charter school in Maine that focuses on agriculture, sustainability, forestry, workforce skills training, and independent living. We offer unique high school experiences for the active, real-world learner.
KOA Care Camps bring hope, healing, and outright fun for kids with cancer. Working together, KOA and its partners and patrons raise funds for a single cause: to send children with cancer to medically supervised camps where they have a great time in the great outdoors with other kids who understand what they’re going through. And they do it all while receiving the treatments they need. Until cancer is a memory, KOA Care Camps will continue to help these great kids make joyful memories of their own.
I am excited about the future of FMCA as we look forward to the next 50 years. We continue to explore programs and benefits to enhance the motorhome lifestyle, and I hope to share more exciting news with you throughout the year.