Motorhome Chapter Spotlight | FMCA
Formed by a group of Pace Arrow motorhome owners, this chapter has since branched out to welcome owners of any brand.
By Dennis Martin, F158411, and Sylvia Wynandts, F343322
FMC magazine, February 2010
When the Pacers Northwest chapter was founded in 1989, we were a group of Fleetwood Pace Arrow motorhome owners. As members began to buy different motorhomes, we decided to keep the name, as it is still appropriate. We all "pace" around the Northwest.
Our chapter volunteers at the Northwest Area Rally and at FMCA conventions in Redmond, Oregon. At the area rally, we have been known to work in parking and at the ice cream social. At the Redmond convention, we have volunteered as greeters, assisted with trams, and handed out coffee and doughnuts; look for us during Coffee Hour again at FMCA’s 84th International Convention in August, where we also will be working with the handicapped trams.
A couple of years ago, we started collecting donations to give to a needy family in our area. Throughout the year, we hang a stocking in the rally meeting hall to remind members to give. Around Christmastime, a chapter member uses the money to buy items for the family.
We welcome new members into our group. Most of our 45 member families are residents of Washington and Oregon; a few are snowbirds who claim various other states as their home base.
In addition to attending area rallies and conventions, we typically get together at four regular rallies each year; two are in Oregon and two are in Washington. Next year, April, May, June, and July rallies are set to take place in Lacey and Kelso, Washington, and Lincoln City and Sweet Home, Oregon.
A rally usually starts with a happy hour and dinner provided by the hosts on Friday night and ends with a continental breakfast on Sunday morning. Rallies include social and recreational activities such as playing card games like Po-Ke-No or card bingo. Besides all this, we like to visit local attractions.
Rally hosts strive to make every rally memorable. In the past, we've celebrated with a Hawaiian theme, enjoyed a salmon dinner and a dune buggy ride, and visited a hot-air balloon festival.
Quite often, participants will choose to make early reservations and begin their fun a day or two early. Rally registration fliers are mailed to members, enabling all to see the planned schedule of activities, as well as the cost and dates for the rally.
We send out approximately four newsletters per year, and a member roster and a postcard outlining the next year's rallies are mailed to all members around November. Chapter dues are $20 per family, and we provide an order form new members can use to purchase their personal name badges.