Motorhome Chapter Spotlight | FMCA
Members of this chapter are second- and third-generation FMCA members.
By Peggy Jordan, Associate Editor
As the saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Children mimic their parents’ hobbies and interests. In that vein, grown-ups whose parents owned motorhomes as part of the FMCA family as far back as the 1960s continue the family tradition today.
That’s why the FMCA Generations chapter was born. If your membership number ends with an “S,” “D,” “G,” or “P,” you are welcome to join this group.
Brothers George and John Showman are the chapter’s president and vice president, respectively. They carry member numbers F1007S and F1007S2. John explained: “You can keep your parents’ membership number. My parents got F1007. That’s my number also; since I’m the second son, I am F1007S2.”
It is not just children of FMCA members who can join this chapter. The idea behind “generations” is that it involves parents and grandparents as well. If you’re a grandchild of a member, you can use that number with a “G” designation. If you’re the parent of an adult who joined FMCA before you did, you can use your son or daughter’s membership number with a “P” behind it.
FMCA membership numbers apply to the entire family as the years go by. But chapter secretary Pam Alspaugh, F538D, said sometimes adult children don’t realize this. “A woman and her husband joined FMCA; she’d been a member as a child, and she didn’t know she could have used her family’s number,” she said.
So, as John said, “Spread the word.”
The FMCA Generations chapter began in June 2013 during FMCA’s 50th anniversary Family Reunion in Gillette, Wyoming. Several second-generation members who own converted Flxibles — the iconic bus that graces FMCA’s logo — parked together and opened their vintage vehicles to curious attendees. George and John, who are carrying on their father’s tradition of owning Flxible bus conversions, began talking to other second-generation FMCA members about the idea of a new chapter, and “the idea grew legs in two days,” as John put it. The chapter now has 24 member families.
The new chapter held a meeting at the FMCA Family Reunion in Perry, Georgia, this past March. Pam said that the chapter probably will meet in conjunction with Family Reunions for now. “Our members are spread all over the place, since we are not a location-based chapter,” she explained.