Motorhome Chapter Spotlight | FMCA
These FMCA members make sure their rallies are packed with tours and plenty of fun.
By Peggy Jordan, F401999, Associate Editor
FMC magazine, July 2011
Even though it has a noble purpose, the "purple pumpkin" is renowned among members of the Rocky Mountain Country Coachers as a symbol for the good humor that seems to infect members. Chapter president Betty Woods explained that the strange gourd shows up among other silly "prizes" for chapter games.
"Our motto is 'Fun, fun, fun,'" Betty said. "You're here to have a good time!" Non-chapter members and non-Country Coach owners are welcome to attend the chapter's rallies. "It's really a fun group, and anyone who can come, we would love it," she said.
The three to four rallies the chapter holds each year are carefully planned to make sure members spend good times together. Betty's husband, Rod, said that tours are a part of all rallies. Even this year's spring business meeting, in Tucson, Arizona, featured a bus tour to the Biosphere, and visits to the Titan Missile Museum and Lowell Observatory. Last year the group toured a major gold mine in Colorado. Rallies also feature catered breakfasts and dinners out, games, and activities such as golf if a course is available near the rally location.
The next chapter event is September 12 through 16 at Boardman Marina and RV Park in Boardman, Oregon. There, they plan to tour area wineries and visit salmon runs, where the fish typically can be seen swimming upstream. Chapter "Olympics" are scheduled, too. The location is proof that Rocky Mountain Country Coachers members don't always stick to their area for rallies. Chapter members live mainly in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana.
The fun extends beyond rallies to unofficial gatherings. After the chapter's meeting in Tucson this past March, several members caravanned to Rocky Point, Mexico. A gathering at a Christmas fair in Litchfield Park, Arizona, also is planned for this December.
Country Coach maintenance is also a common bond. Country Coach is not making motorhomes currently, but it is back in business to provide service and parts for existing units. Qualified mechanics are available at the chapter's annual business meeting. "We get qualified mechanics and work is normally done at a lower cost," Betty said.