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Chapter Spotlight: Tour Connection

Chapter members share an interest in escorted caravans and rallies arranged by the FMCA Tour Connection, powered by Fantasy RV Tours.

August 2014

Tour Connection chapter members share an interest in escorted caravans and rallies arranged by the FMCA Tour Connection, powered by Fantasy RV Tours.Traveling with people you’ve never met before is a sure way to get to know them quickly. It also forms a fast bond as you share the sights and sounds of a location, and the taste of the local cuisine. You start off as strangers and end your journey by exchanging phone numbers and e-mail addresses, with promises to meet again soon.

With that in mind, the Tour Connection chapter was formed in March 2013. Members all have a deep interest in traveling. Some already understand the joys of escorted group travel, with details organized by Fantasy RV Tours; others are just curious about how this form of travel works. You do not have to be a Fantasy caravan “graduate” to join.

This is not a geographically based chapter, so members come from everywhere in North America. So far, the group has 61 member families, and welcomes more. The purpose of the chapter is to be immersed in local history, culture, and cuisine, and see unforgettable sights across North America and beyond.

The Tour Connection chapter plans to hold independent rallies and social gatherings at many FMCA area rallies and Family Reunions. Members will have an opportunity to meet and speak with Fantasy RV’s tour ambassadors, wagon masters, and tail gunners, who have a wealth of knowledge about destinations and events to which they’ve traveled. In addition to social activities, the chapter plans to support local charities and encourages the exchange of RV travel knowledge, as well as information about motorhome maintenance and modifications.

Chapter president Mike Forino, F423486, said the group tentatively plans to hold a prerally at the INTO (International Area) Rally, April 26-30, 2015, at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport. The chapter plans to schedule one to two rallies a year, he added.

Until then, some members already know each other from previous caravans and are likely traveling together or visiting each other. It goes back to that bond that travelers share. Because the tour company takes care of the details, Mike said, “Everyone can have lots more time to interact and geImaget to know one another. Many of our tours are 15 days or more. When you are experiencing those events as a group, the bonding process is increased tenfold.”

The chapter’s initiation fee is $15, and after that, dues are $5 per year. An application can be found online at www.tinyurl.com/FMCA-TC. For additional information, contact  the Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622;

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