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Seminars: Madison Motorhome Showcase

Following is a complete list and seminar dates and times with descriptions, including more than 45 "new" seminars.

Updated Aug. 1, 2011

SEMINAR ROOM LOCATIONS
Seminar 1 Hall A, Exhibition Hall
Seminar 2 Mendota 1, Exhibition Hall
Seminar 3 Mendota 2, Exhibition Hall
Seminar 4 Mendota 3, Exhibition HallF
Seminar 5F Mendota 4, Exhibition HallF
Seminar 6 Mendota 5, Exhibition HallF
Seminar 7 Mendota 6 & 7, Exhibition Hall
Seminar 8 Mendota 8, Exhibition HallF
Seminar 9 Minona Room, Exhibition Hall, 2nd FloorF
Seminar 10 Wingra Room, Exhibition Hall, 2nd Floor
Seminar 11 Waubesa Room, Exhibition Hall, 2nd Floor
Seminar 12 Kegonsa Room, Exhibition Hall, 2nd Floor
Seminar 13 Barn 1


SUNDAY, AUGUST 07, 2011

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS, SEMINAR 2

Roman Catholic Mass will be hosted by the Midwest Area Roamin' Catholics chapter. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Art Heinze, F396457. Mass and "Anointing of the Elderly & Sick" will be held on Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. in Seminar 6; on Friday, Mass and chapter meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Seminar 6; on Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. outside Seminar 13, a "Blessing of the Pets;" and Mass on Saturday, at 4:30 p.m. in Seminar 5.

MONDAY, AUGUST 08, 2011

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
B R B CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 2

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.F
CARD BINGO, EXHIBITION HALL A

TUESDAY, AUGUST 09, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FMCA INFORMATION CENTER OPEN IN THE EXHIBITION HALL NORTH LOBBY

Check the "Grounds Services" section of program for description and "Map Section" of program for location. The Information Center will be open 24 hours a day for emergencies.

9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
CANDIDATES' FORUM, VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

This forum is presented for Governing Board members, chapter officers, and anyone interested in meeting the candidates for the offices of FMCA national president, senior vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PROVIDING A CURE FOR MOTION SICKNESS: A HOW-TO SESSION FOR A PAIN-FREE GOVERNING BOARD MEETING, VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

Do you know the cure for motion sickness? Do you want to avoid 11-hour meetings? Come to this seminar to learn more about making Wednesday's Governing Board meeting run more smoothly. National directors, alternate national directors, and temporary delegates will need to get the scoop on how to more efficiently handle the important business coming before the Governing Board on Wednesday. Presented by Joy Myers, FMCA Parliamentarian.

12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
ORIENTATION FOR FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES, SEMINAR 1

Jerry Yeatts, F390000, convention director of FMCA, will conduct a seminar to introduce first-time attendees to the fun, spirit, activities, and opportunities related to attending FMCA's family reunion in Madison. Be sure to bring your event program, and wear your "First Time Attendee" ribbon. This seminar will be repeated on Wednesday, August 10, from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., in Seminar 5. A reception will immediately follow the seminar, sponsored by Coach-Net, C4055, an FMCA Super Star Sponsor.

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAMBLE MEETING, SEMINAR 6


2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 5

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
SOUTHEAST AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 2

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 5

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
NORTHWEST AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 6

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
MIDWEST AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 7

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
EASTERN AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 8

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
NORTHEAST AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 9

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
GREAT LAKES AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 10

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
WESTERN AREA CAUCUS, SEMINAR 11

7:00 p.m.
SOCIAL MEDIA DEMO, SEMINAR 13

Arrive early to Movie Night's showing of The Social Network and watch Jim and Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107, as they give a live demonstration of the benefits of Facebook and social networking services. Web-based social networking services make it possible to connect people who share interests and activities across political, economic, and geographic borders. Through e-mail and instant messaging, online communities are created where a gift economy and reciprocal altruism are encouraged through cooperation. Information is particularly suited to gift economy, as information is a nonrival good and can be gifted at practically no cost. Follow on www.facebook.com/fmcafans.

7:00 p.m.
MOVIE NIGHT, COURTESY OF TIFFIN MOTOR HOMES, INC., C1717, AN FMCA ONE STAR SPONSOR, SEMINAR 13

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
FMCA INFORMATION CENTER OPEN IN THE EXHIBITION HALL NORTH LOBBY

Check the "Grounds Services" section of program for description and "Map Section" of program for location. The Information Center will be open 24 hours a day for emergencies.

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
RELATIONTRIPS – A SIMPLE, POWERFUL WAY TO BOND WITH YOUR LOVED ONES THROUGH PERSONALIZED ROAD TRIPS, SEMINAR 1

Families are under siege. Parents are bombarded with 24-hour noise, scary economies, and shrinking leisure time. Children are over-scheduled, over-stimulated, and over-stressed. But, there is a way to reconnect, find quality time, and build the most important aspect of life – loving relationships. Through RelationTrips, author Jeff Siegel provides a practical road map for building enduring family connections and offers wisdom for creating trips filled with adventure, imagination, discovery, and fun. Join Jeff for this lively presentation to learn how to begin creating "RelationTrips" of your own. You'll discover why a road trip is the perfect mobile bonding "vehicle;" how to get started on road trip transformation; how to get the show on the road by mapping out the journey; making creativity a destination; starting the odometer by hitting the road; teachable traveling moments; and the "aftermap" - how to document your lifelong memories. When not planning an adventure with his son, Jeff is a creative director and independent marketing/communications consultant, working with a broad-based list of Fortune 500 giants. Jeff will be available at the Information Center following his presentation to sign copies of his new book, RelationTrips: A Simple, Powerful Way to Bond with Your Loved Ones Through Personalized Road Trips.

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA, SEMINAR 2

Join Phil May of TechnoRV, C11722, for this easy-to-understand explanation of features you may have noticed on your digital camera but were always afraid to use. Topics will include aperture, shutter speed, flash settings, and ISO. Understanding how these settings are interrelated will help you use depth-of-field and other techniques to take more interesting photographs and help you understand what happens when using a camera's preset modes. His presentation also will explain white balance settings and provide an overview of computer software and Web sites designed to help you edit, manage, and share your digital images.

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
ORIENTATION FOR FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES, SEMINAR 5

Please see Tuesday's 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. time slot.

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
DIGITAL DIESEL INSTRUMENTATION AND DIAGNOSTICS WITH SILVERLEAF, SEMINAR 6

Do you have a SilverLeaf engine monitor in your diesel coach? Are you interested in learning how to use it to get better fuel economy, avoid engine problems, and even scale the mountains faster? Dale Kemper of SilverLeaf Electronics, C7764, will discuss the most important gauges and features of this product, and how to use the information it provides while you drive. Driving strategies that maximize your fuel economy, as well as hill-climbing and heat-management techniques will be discussed.

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
BEAUTIFYING & PROTECTING YOUR COACH, SEMINAR 7

Ken Neuman of Protect All, C4321, will discuss techniques that will help you protect your motorhome investment. Time, the sun, and other elements take a toll on the appearance and life of your coach. Cleaning, polishing, and protecting your RV is easy when you know how. Ken has developed an extensive background restoring and caring for the many surfaces of an RV, including fiberglass, paint, plastic, aluminum, rubber, vinyl, rubber roofs, and more. With the ideas presented here, you will be able to keep your coach looking good for years to come. Ample time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
INVESTING FOR RVERS (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Shawn Loring of Generations Financial Services, C11626, will offer a professional's perspective on the unique needs and challenges faced by RVers for investing and financial planning.

F8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
LED UPGRADES – IF I ONLY WOULD HAVE KNOWN, SEMINAR 13

Learn the essentials of buying LED upgrades. Take the mystery out of technical terms such as Kelvin temperature, dispersion, watts, candlepower, and lumens. Learn to understand the huge benefits of LED conversions. Informative, fast-paced, and fun! Presented by Thomas Long of Jirah, C11433.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
GOVERNING BOARD MEETING, VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
FACEBOOK, NOT JUST FOR KIDS, SEMINAR 1

For Facebook users and non-users alike. In this seminar, presented by Jim and Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107, you will learn what all the fuss is about. They will demonstrate how to communicate with all your friends, how to set your security options, and how easy it is to set up a "page" in addition to your personal profile. See www.facebook.com/geeksontour for an example. It's all FREE. Every small business, club, or group should have a Facebook page.

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
DETAILING OUTSIDE IN LESS THAN ONE HOUR, SEMINAR 2

Learn how to clean the outside of your coach with no ladders in one hour. No ladders needed! Learn what the paint experts say about when to wax. Clean with products out of your kitchen cupboard such as peanut butter, Tang, and spices. Always have a shiny coach with little effort. Tips from professionals will be revealed. Attend whether you are a clean-freak or not. You will learn new ideas for easier cleaning while on the road. Presented by Janet Trannum of Almost Heaven Microfiber, C8707.

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
TOWING ROUNDTABLE, SEMINAR 5

The goal of this seminar is to provide FMCA members with the information needed to tow a vehicle behind a motorhome safely and with peace of mind. More technical questions are directed to FMCA regarding towing than any other area of concern. If done properly, towing a vehicle behind a motorhome can be a positive experience. Tow bars, tow dollies, lube pumps, driveshaft disconnects, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, towed car wiring, and covers for towed vehicles are a few of the topics that will be discussed. Panelists will include Family Reunion towing equipment exhibitors. Ample time will be allowed for questions from the audience. Supplemental braking will NOT be discussed at this seminar. There will be a seminar dedicated solely to "Supplemental Towed Car Braking" on Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Seminar 5.

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST AND THE USE OF THE AED, SEMINAR 6

J.W. Weber, M.D., F230941, of Weber Medical, C10482, will explain what sudden cardiac arrest is and how it can be successfully treated using the automated external defibrillator (AED). A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
CANADIAN ATLANTIC MARITIMES – CARAVAN WITH FMCA MEMBERS, SEMINAR 7

Start planning now to join fellow FMCA members in the summer of 2014 for this North Atlantic Canada adventure. A can’t-miss seminar featuring a big-screen travelogue on RVing through the Canadian Maritimes where the sea dominates the culture and character. From the comfort of your RV, you will find that the four distinct Canadian provinces will transport you to another world . . . a world of lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, lobsters and rich Viking legends. During this seminar, FMCA Tour Connection experts, powered by Fantasy RV Tours, C5644, will take you on a visual caravan of the Maritimes by RV, bus, boat, and ferry. A lucky attendee will win a $500 Travel Gift Certificate (must be present to win).

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
CONTROLLING ODORS & WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

In this seminar attendees will learn about with the following products and their uses: Sea-Zyme for controlling bacteria-enzyme; Superflusher flush-out systems; Northwest Leisure anode kits and tank-saver wands; Amerisoft water softeners; and Water Filters housings and filters. Presented by Gary Baecker of G&L RV Specialties, C9006. A drawing will be held at the conclusion of the seminar for a free Mobil-Mini Faucet-Mounted Reverse Osmosis System with a retail value of $125.

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
KEY TO DRY CAMPING – WATER CONSERVATION, SEMINAR 13

Learn how to maximize the use of your RV plumbing facilities even when dry camping. Dry camping is camping without water or sewer hookups, either on the road or in a secluded location. The essential component to having comfort and fun while dry camping is learning how to conserve your on-board water utilities. This seminar will discuss simple and more integrated techniques to conserve water while dry camping. Topics include: gray water recycling, hot water recirculation, and basic water techniques. Combine all these together and you will enjoy daily hot showers, daily use of your commode, washing your dishes, and more. Don't believe the benefits? Come and see a live demonstration. Presented by Greg Corwin from Unique Solutions, Inc. RV, C11757.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
PICASA: A FREE PROGRAM FOR MANAGING DIGITAL PHOTOS, SEMINAR 1

Picasa 3 is a free program from Google and it is simply the best way to manage the hundreds of digital photos that travelers accumulate! Learn how to organize and find photos you forgot you had. One-click e-mailing or printing of whatever photos you specify. Learn how to automatically crop, color-correct, and resize photos for e-mailing or posting to the Web. This seminar will be presented by Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
FREE CAMPING AT WINERIES AND FARMS, SEMINAR 2

Have you been looking for opportunities to park overnight for free in locations other than the big box stores? Are you interested in getting off the main highways, visiting rural communities and small towns, and being invited to meet and stay with farmers across North America? Harvest Hosts, C12126, will show you how you can find RV-friendly farms, orchards, wineries, and other agricultural-based businesses that will invite you to spend the night on the farm for free. You can visit that farm with the inviting sign on the highway and not wonder whether you can park or if you will be turned away. Want to find farms that need short-term volunteers to help, wineries that need assistance to harvest grapes, or help bottling their wine? Want to find out what kind of volunteer opportunities are available? Kim & Don Greene of Harvest Hosts, C12126, will tell you how.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SUPPLEMENTAL TOWED CAR BRAKING, SEMINAR 5

No topic has captured the attention of motorhome owners in recent years as much as supplemental towed car braking. And no other topic has fueled the rumor mill as much as supplemental braking. Family Reunion exhibitors will be on hand to discuss the technical aspects of supplemental braking. Information will be provided to bring FMCA attendees "up to speed" on the latest, most accurate information regarding the laws relating to supplemental braking of towed vehicles. Presented by Brett Wolfe, F252125, a member of FMCA's Technical Advisory Committee and the technical moderator for FMCA.com's Motorhome Forums.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
CLEAN & GREEN RVING – WHAT REALLY MATTERS?, SEMINAR 6

Join us for a fresh look at Green RV living. We'll review NEW products that make RVing or boating eco-friendly and explore advances in Green RV technology. We'll share simple and inexpensive steps that aim to improve your RV, boat, or home. An informative and fun look at our Clean & Green industry. Enjoy product samples for all that attend. Presented by David A. Kozy, vice president and director of operations of RV, Home & Marine Solutions, C12021.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS, SEMINAR 7

Ever wanted to research your family tree but didn't know where or how to start? Seminar presenter Roger Marble, F399427, has been researching his "roots" for more than 19 years. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the largest state society in the country. He has delivered genealogical classes at both local and state level conferences. Bring your notepad and get ready to start your journey after learning how to trace your family's roots. This seminar will be repeated on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in Seminar 3. Roger also will present "Genealogy 101 – Beyond The Basics" on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in seminar 7, and on Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Seminar 3.

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1:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SKYMED TAKES YOU HOME (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Do you have the medical evacuation coverage you need? Travel by air, cruise line, or auto? Want to go home, if you choose, to your hospital, doctor, and family? Travel outside North America? Be covered even at home? You need SkyMed! Come to the seminar and we will discuss your options. Presented by Stanley Schwenke of SkyMed International, Inc., C6395.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
VENETIAN LACE SNOWFLAKE, SEMINAR 11

In this seminar, you will learn how to make a white snowflake made of Venetian lace, woven onto a plastic ring, and glued in a circular design. A cord is attached for hanging as a Christmas tree decoration or as a wall hanging. Spray starch gives it some stiffness when dry. Presented by Lorna Ericson, F231830. Please bring tacky glue (Aleene's Tacky Glue). The cost is $3 for the first kit; and $2 for additional kits. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
CARE AND PURCHASING FINE JEWELRY, SEMINAR 12

Jan Williams of JJ's Gold & Gems, C6750, designed this seminar for maximum audience participation with a question-and-answer session following a short discussion. Topics include jewelry terminology and its meaning; how to recognize markings; current values, including diamonds and colored gems; the proper care of gold; and pricing you may encounter in stores. Jan will discuss jewelry appraisal and its relationship to insurance, and unprofessional practices in the jewelry business. A handout that provides purchasing tips will be available.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS FOR HYPERTENSION, DIABETES, AND CORONARY HEART DISEASE, SEMINAR 13

Wayne & Dahelia Hunt, F235156, present information that is applicable for all individuals desiring to better understand and take control of hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes (high fasting blood glucose), and coronary heart disease. Learn new facts, reinforce your current knowledge, and/or -- this is the best part -- take personal steps to improve your life now and for the future. Wayne and Dahelia have years of experience teaching personal fitness trainers to effectively and responsibly educate their clients in the proper application of exercise and how to interact with medical/allied health providers. The lecture will provide information and multiple tools for you to use to improve your knowledge and better oversee your specific programs. It will not diagnose, prescribe medications or supplements, or present any medical treatments.

11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
GARDEN ON YOUR WRIST, SEMINAR 10

Imagine a miniature garden hanging from your wrist made from Chez glass flowers and leaves, add Swarovski crystals, and a magnetic clasp. This seminar is presented by Katie Taddeo, F326891, from Katie's Jewelry Design. The cost is $25. Please bring reading glasses, if needed. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FMCA SERVICE CENTER OPEN IN BARN 2

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
PICASA: BEYOND THE BASICS, SEMINAR 1

If you use Picasa to manage your digital photos, you don't want to miss this seminar. Even Google, which makes Picasa, looks to Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour, C11107, when they want to present training on Picasa! (See their co-hosted webinar at www.geeksontour.com/picasa.htm.) In this session you will see the multiple techniques for categorizing your photos while keeping them in one simple folder structure. Learn about some of Picasa's advanced features such as facial recognition, movie-making, and geotagging.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
MOBILE TV & INTERNET SOLUTIONS, SEMINAR 2

This seminar will provide the facts and the pitfalls about television and internet technologies available in today's RV lifestyles. This includes the benefits and drawbacks of all the available technology and equipment, as well as services that are necessary to use it. Presented by Gary Swaim, owner and operator of Custom Coach Connection, C10458. Gary's training and experience comes from 20 years in the Navy operating, repairing, and training operators and technicians. He has nine years of full-time RVing experience.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
SUSPENSIONS – COACH RIDE & HANDLING, SEMINAR 5

Every motorhome owner wants to minimize driver fatigue, experience a more comfortable ride, and improve handling. This presentation will cover some improvements that are easy to achieve, some that are harder to accomplish, and some that simply are not possible. Topics include weight distribution, tires, suspension components, aftermarket products, shocks, sway control, track bar/panhard rod, and steering stabilizers. You will leave this seminar with a better understanding of your coach's suspension components and how, you too, can reduce driver fatigue, experience a more comfortable ride, and improve handling. Presented by Brett Wolfe, F252125, a member of FMCA's Technical Advisory Committee and the technical moderator for FMCA.com's Motorhome Forums. This seminar will be repeated on Friday, August 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Seminar 5.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
BASIC TRAINING FOR RVERS, SEMINAR 6

Utilizing a "boot camp" approach, Barry Pulis of Camco Manufacturing, Inc., C3071, will conduct a lively exchange covering topics on exercise, things that work (and those that don't), wastewater treatment, cell phone issues, safety on the road, exhaust systems, and travel necessities you really should have with you. He will provide tips and information useful to newbies as well as advanced full-timers. Barry and his wife, Adrienne, have been full-timing for more than eight years and they travel with their two Airedale dogs, Millie and Flea Biscuit.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
GENEALOGY 101 – BEYOND THE BASICS, SEMINAR 7

Have you tried to research your family tree, but quickly ran into a brick wall? Seminar presenter Roger Marble, F399427, has been researching his "roots" for more than 19 years. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the largest state society in the country. He has delivered genealogical classes at both local and state level conferences. This seminar will give you ideas and hints to help you move back a few more generations. How to select a genealogical computer program that meets your individual needs also will be covered. Bring your notepad and get ready to continue your journey to trace your family's roots. This seminar will be repeated on Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in Seminar 3. Roger also will present "Genealogy For Beginners" on Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Seminar 7, and on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in Seminar 3.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
AQUA-HOT MAINTENANCE/ANNUAL SERVICE (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Learn how to keep your Aqua-Hot system operating in tip-top shape. Presented by Tim Klenk, CEO of MasterTech LLC, C11533. Tim has more than 35 years of extensive experience in the RV industry. MasterTech is the founder of the 15-point Elite Aqua-Hot Service and their staff includes authorized factory-trained technicians. MasterTech is providing their top-rated elite service during FMCA's 86th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase. Call (866) 895-4556, extension 13, to schedule in advance or visit them in the Exhibition Hall at Booths #407, 409, 411, and 413.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
VELCRO – THE QUICKER STICKER! SEMINAR 13

This presentation will teach you how you can save time, space, and aggravation in all areas of your RVing with Velcro products. Hear about various Velcro products and their uses. See how to use Velcro products to hang pictures, secure objects and items to countertops, and see how, when combined with "reusable duct tape," many more creative uses and storage concepts are available. With storage bay space a premium, watch demonstrations that will enable you to quickly and compactly coil up your water hoses, cords, and cables. Bring your notepads. Share ideas you might have for Velcro product uses. Ken Murphy of Coil N' Wrap, C9954, will share a host of great ideas during this presentation.

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PAPER BEAD BRACELET, SEMINAR 11

Learn how to make beads using fabric and paper. Beads are combined with crystals, metal spacers, and other glass beads to make a bracelet. Several color choices will be available. The kit includes supplies, tools, and patterns to take home for additional bead making on your own. All tools and supplies are furnished – just bring yourself. Sherry Hanson, F243196 will present this seminar. The cost is $12. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PAINT ALONG WITH JOSEPHINE, SEMINAR 9

Many people have admired beautiful oil paintings in galleries, museums, and private homes, and secretly wished they could create something similar themselves. The truth is that it's not that difficult to create beautiful landscapes using William Alexander's method of oil painting. This seminar is presented by Josephine Jones. Josephine is a certified instructor in this method, and she'll show you how to "do it yourself." The painting will be done on an 8-inch-by-10-inch stretched canvas. The cost is $25. The kit includes canvas, paint, brushes, brush cleaner, paper towels, and everything to complete the project. Sign up at the craft table at the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited. This seminar will be repeated on Thursday from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., and Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Seminar 9.

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
BEGINNING SWEDISH WEAVING, SEMINAR 12

In this beginning class, you will learn to make a placemat and discover the technique of Swedish Weaving, a craft from the 1930s and 1940s. You also will learn to hemstitch. There will be instructions for left- and right-handed participants. The complete kit is provided. Please bring craft scissors. The cost is $20. Carol Chaney, F387885 will present this seminar. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
IMPROVE ENGINE PERFORMANCE & FUEL MILEAGE, SEMINAR 1

Major Wingfield of M&B Enterprises, C11408, will provide you with an in-depth explanation of how the internal combustion engine works and how increased intake airflow and exhaust extraction could improve horsepower, engine torque, and fuel mileage.

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
100 YEARS OF RVS IN AMERICA, SEMINAR 2

The rich history of the RV industry from its earliest days illustrated with more than 70 photos. See the evolution of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, and motorhomes from the early "house car" days up to today's mobile mansions. Presented by Al Hesselbart of the RV/Motorhome Hall Of Fame.


3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF GENERATOR OPERATION, SEMINAR 5

This seminar will focus on the basic operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of RV generators. Common issues, concerns, and customer questions will be covered. Presented by Karl Wilson of Cummins Onan, C4251.

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
COMPUTER SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR THE RV, SEMINAR 6

Whether you're a full-time RVer or just like to get away from time to time, having a computer is essential for e-mail and Internet access. However, an RV is a challenging environment for a laptop in terms of safety and security. Come and hear Phil May of TechnoRV, C11722, a 12-year Hewlett-Packard veteran, explain how to keep all your important information and memories safe and secure while traveling.

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
RVING ALASKA "THE LAST GREAT FRONTIER" – 2013 FMCA TOUR CONNECTION (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

You don't have to figure out how to travel in your RV to this remote land on your own. In the summer of 2013 you can take a caravan with fellow FMCA members through the Last Great Frontier. FMCA has partnered with Fantasy RV Tours, C5644, to provide members with quality RV vacations. Just relax and enjoy . . . Let the experts lead the way! This seminar features British Columbia, The Yukon, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Denali National Park, Mt. McKinley, native culture, wildlife, great fishing, and lots more. Come see Mother Nature at her best! A lucky attendee will WIN a $250 Travel Gift Certificate (must be present to win).

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
KILN-FUSED GLASS JEWELRY, SEMINAR 10

During this seminar attendees will make exciting and dazzling fused glass jewelry pieces. Work with pieces of colorful stained glass and decorate them with small, brilliant pieces of glass. These are then fired in a kiln heated to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, fusing everything into one solid piece. Attendees will select jewelry backings to make their very own, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. They are then allowed to cool overnight. Each attendee can make either two necklace slides or one slide and a pair of earrings. All materials are furnished by presenter Carol Johnson, F298015. The cost is $20. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited. This seminar will be repeated on Thursday from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Seminar 10; Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Seminar 10; and Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in Seminar 10.

3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
RV WEIGHT & TIRE SAFETY, SEMINAR 7

The RV Weight & Tire Safety Program is co-sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), C5999, an FMCA Three Star sponsor, and FMCA. The seminar will focus on "speaking the language of weight," providing the RV owner with the knowledge required to assure that the vehicle is operated within all safety limitations. The maintenance and care of tires, and the selection of the proper inflation pressure for optimum performance and safety is a major emphasis of the program. Did you know that under-inflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure? Spend an hour with RVSEF and have a safer and more enjoyable RV experience. Topics will include weight-related definitions; weight disclosure labels; towing components; stopping assistance; tire markings; tire load/inflation tables; new RV considerations; and tire pressure monitoring systems. There is no charge for this educational seminar.

In addition to the seminar, the RVSEF Motorhome Weighing Service utilizes certified scales to determine individual wheel position loads. Owners complete a worksheet that includes all critical weight and tire ratings. Scale readings and ratings are entered into a custom computer program that generates a weight analysis report, detailing safety margins on each component in terms of whether a rating has been exceeded or not yet reached, and by how much. Owners receive a preliminary weight report at the weighing site, followed by a comprehensive report in the mail, including tire load/inflation tables (allow four to six weeks). The retail cost of weighing is $49. FMCA Member Benefit price is $34. To have your coach weighed, sign up on Wednesday, August 10, at the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning at 7:00 a.m., or during exhibit hours at the RV Safety & Education Foundation booth #816 in the Exhibition Hall. Appointments are limited.

3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
FIRE & LIFE SAFETY IN YOUR RV, SEMINAR 13

In this seminar you will learn the causes of most RV fires and how to prevent them. You will learn how to check, test, and use your dry-powder fire extinguisher. You also will be introduced to other types of fire extinguishers, including new clean-air, non-toxic, biodegradable fire-fighting materials, which work particularly well in RV applications. In the live fire portion of the seminar, attendees will have the opportunity to fight a fire with various types of fire extinguishers. Topics also include weight safety; types of gauges needed; smoke/LPG/CO detectors; tire safety; engine and transmission overheating; brakes; escape hatch use; and many other issues relating to RV Fire & Life Safety. This is a hands on seminar.

Thirty-year fire-fighting veteran Mac McCoy, F175998, of McCoy Enterprises, LLC, C7648, instructs this entertaining course, which teaches skills for fire-safe travel. This seminar will be repeated Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in Seminar 13.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS, SEMINAR 6

Please see description in Sunday's 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. time slot.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PARADE OF LIGHTS MOTORHOME PREVIEW

Enjoy visiting the motorhomes on display in the outdoor exhibit area.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
MORNING DEVOTIONS, SEMINAR 5

Led by volunteers from the Midwest Area Coaches For Christ chapter. Morning Devotions also will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 a.m., in Seminar 5.

7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
EARLY MORNING WORKOUT FOR ALL, SEMINAR 13

"Early Morning Workout For All," which will incorporate exercise demonstrations from the TravelFit Rehab Series seminars -- Shoulder, Knee, and Back Health -- will be presented by Wayne and Dahelia Hunt, F235156. These health, exercise, and resistance-training specialists have been full-time RVers since 1995, and are health-wellness-fitness-performance educators and national presenters with more than 25 years of experience in their field. TravelFit and Professional Fitness Instructor Training are in association with the American College of Integrative Medicine. Wayne and Dahelia are directors of the Health Fitness Performance Institute in Houston, Texas. Exercise is medicine. This seminar will be repeated on Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Seminar 13.

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS IN THE ARENA BUILDING, COMPLIMENTS OF ROADMASTER, INC., C2952, AN FMCA FIVE STAR SPONSOR, AND FMCA (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

See program map for location.

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FMCA INFORMATION CENTER OPEN IN THE EXHIBITION HALL NORTH LOBBY

Check the "Grounds Services" section of program for description and "Map Section" of program for location. The Information Center will be open 24 hours a day for emergencies.

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
FRUSTRATED MAESTROS PERFORM AT THE ARENA BUILDING

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
GOVERNOR'S TRAVELS, SEMINAR 1

After two terms as Governor of the State of Maine, Angus King, F317261, hit the road. Packing his wife and children into their motorhome, he set out on a five-and-a-half-month journey to circumnavigate the United States. Join Angus King for a lively narrative and slide show about his travels after leaving politics. Interspersed with the travelogue, Governor King will reflect on his transition from public office to private life. He's a great storyteller! While Governor of Maine, he was very helpful with the planning of our "Back To Maine" convention at Brunswick in August, 2000, and some of you may have heard him speak at that event. Time will be allowed for questions and answers. Immediately after his presentation you are invited to join him at the Information Center where he will be signing copies of his new book, Governor's Travels - How I Left Politics, Learned To Back Up A Bus, And Found America, published by Down East Books, Camden, Maine.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
FMCA MEMBER BENEFITS, SEMINAR 2

Membership in FMCA brings with it a variety of benefits designed to enhance the motorhoming lifestyle. Join Bradford Koshland, F313666, executive director of FMCA, for a discussion regarding the many benefits available to you as an FMCA member. Learn more about your association and become familiar with the benefits afforded to you by FMCA membership.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS, SEMINAR 3

Please see Wednesday's 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. time slot.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
TECHNOLOGY AND MAINTENANCE OF MAXXFORCE ENGINES, SEMINAR 4

Randy Ray from the Navistar Engine Group, C12197, will highlight the technology used in MaxxForce engines for emissions compliance, key product attributes, and proper maintenance of the MaxxForce engine line.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
CUMMINS ENGINE, SEMINAR 5

Mark Conover and a panel of technical and customer support experts from Cummins Onan, C4251, will address the most frequently asked questions about Cummins diesel-powered motorhomes. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
DIGITAL TV CONVERTER BOX FOR YOUR COACH, SEMINAR 6

If you have an analog TV in your coach, you will need a converter box to receive the new digital TV signals. This seminar will answer your questions regarding who needs a converter box; how to get one; what to buy; how to install it in your coach; and how to use it. Presented by Chuck Borcher, F164191. Chuck also will present "Mapping Programs For Your PC" on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Seminar 4; and "Word Application Basics" on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in Seminar 2.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
CATERPILLAR ENGINE, SEMINAR 7

This seminar will be presented by a representative from Caterpillar, Inc., C4743, who will discuss the maintenance of all Caterpillar RV engines and Cat RV Center after-sales support.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
WHAT CONSUMERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPECIALIZED RV INSURANCE AND THE COST OF NOT HAVING IT, SEMINAR 8

In this seminar learn the difference between Specialized RV Insurance and regular auto insurance. Discover some myths about auto and RV insurance. The interactive discussion will then focus on the types of benefits and features you need to protect your RV and lifestyle. Finally, we will discuss the top five insurance claims and ways you can prevent them from happening to you. Presented by David McDonald, RV Senior Product Manager, GMAC Insurance, C10328.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
DIMENSIONAL ORNAMENT, SEMINAR 9

In this seminar, you will learn how to make a dimensional ornament made with a square piece of cardstock with lines drawn on it. These lines are retraced with a ballpoint pen so the cardstock can be folded. A piece of "confetti dot" fabric is glued to the cardstock and then folded origami fashion to make a four-sided ornament for hanging. There are several fabric colors to choose from. Presented by Lorna Ericson, F231830. Please bring a ballpoint pen, ruler, and tacky glue (Aleene's Tacky Glue). The cost is $5 for the first kit; and $3 for additional kits. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
KNEE-HIP-ANKLE HEALTH, SEMINAR 13

Did you once walk a lot, but now your knees, hips, and/or ankles hurt too badly to continue? Proven and simple rehabilitative exercises and techniques will be demonstrated during the seminar. You will be able to participate by doing some exercises from your chair! Knee Health will show you how to strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight muscles in those aching knees. Apply and practice exercises specific to knee-hip-ankle health by attending the "Early Morning Workout For All" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Seminar 13. Presented by Wayne & Dahelia Hunt, F235156.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ALL EXHIBITS OPEN


9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
FMCA SERVICE CENTER OPEN IN BARN 2

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
FMCAssist, SEMINAR 2

FMCAssist is the new enhanced member benefit that replaced the previous medical evacuation plan on January 1, 2011. This benefit is included in your membership dues at no additional cost. Optional, new International Travel Insurance is available and will be presented, too. Please come to see how this benefit helps you. Presented by Ken and Peter Schulteis of Global Underwriters, C11954.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
GENEALOGY 101 – BEYOND THE BASICS, SEMINAR 3

Please see Wednesday's 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. time slot.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LEARN THE INS AND OUTS OF CAMPGROUND MEMBERSHIPS – SAVE MONEY, TIME, AND CONFUSION, SEMINAR 4

Dan Monaghan of Monaghan Enterprises, C10143, will show you the ins and outs of Coast to Coast, RPI, Thousand Trails, and more. Dan has been in the campground membership business since 1988 and he will provide an overview of campground memberships available today.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
RV PLUMBING – THE FRESH SYSTEM, SEMINAR 5

Fresh water is a vital part of motorhome travel. It is a crucial commodity for confident self-containment, and according to some, second in importance only to the 12-volt-DC battery systems. The fresh water system itself does, however, require some preventive maintenance in order for coach owners to realize a safe and rewarding experience. Learn to optimize, maximize, and winterize properly, as well as some troubleshooting secrets in this seminar. Presented by Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor." Time will be allowed for questions and answers. Gary's other seminars at the "Family A'Fair" Family Reunion will include "RV Plumbing – The Waste Systems" on Thursday in Seminar 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; "Motorhome Exterior Care" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; and "Air Conditioner Maintenance" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Gary also will moderate "Generator Maintenance Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and will serve on the panel during the "Ask The Experts Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
SAVING MONEY WITH A QUALITY WINDSHIELD CHIP REPAIR, SEMINAR 6

This seminar will discuss the basic concepts of windshield repair. What are windshield rock chips and how can they be repaired? Why should you repair your windshield? What is a good-quality repair? Presented by Larry Diaz of S&L Enterprises, C10106.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
HOW TO TAKE GREAT PICTURES OF YOUR DOG: TEN TOP TIPS FOR PERFECT PUP PICS, SEMINAR 7

You can never have too many pictures of your best friend! Join professional dog photographer James "Alex" Alexander, F411201, for this fast-paced, information-rich, and fun session where you will learn the most common mistakes in photographing dogs and how to avoid them. Alex will cover the Ten Top Tips For Perfect Pup Pics and much of the information you learn also can be applied directly to taking great images of your kids and grandchildren. Time will be allowed at the end of Alex's presentation for questions and answers. Please note: Pets are not allowed inside buildings or exhibit areas.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
INTERIOR RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION/MCD SHADES (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Is your RV in need of some interior changes? Have you been contemplating replacement furniture, flooring, cabinetry, desks, LED TVs, MCD shades, valances, granite, navigation equipment, multi-camera monitoring systems, or perhaps something else? Attend this seminar to discover how America's #1 service and renovation craftsmen, combined with your personal preferences, will transform YOUR RV to better-than-new condition. Our experienced service and renovation team has decades of successful renovation experience. Presented by Tim Klenk, CEO of MasterTech LLC, C11533. Tim has more than 35 years of extensive experience in the RV industry working with manufacturers such as Newmar, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Alpha, Tiffin, Winnebago, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach, Parliament, Bluebird, and more. MasterTech is providing their #1 rated elite service during FMCA's 86th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase. Call (866) 895-4556, extension 13, to schedule in advance or visit them in the Exhibition Hall at Booths #407, 409, 411, and 413.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? SEMINAR 13

Make your RVing safer, easier, and more fun. See how to quickly and easily connect or disconnect your TV cables, electrical cables, and water hoses. We'll show you ways to reduce holding tank odors and eliminate the need for chemicals by going "green." The presentation covers ways to solve low water pressure in your shower, increase RV security, day and night, and a way to fill those difficult to reach batteries in your rig. Ken Murphy of Coil N' Wrap, C9954, will share a host of great ideas to help increase your fun time. We put the "R" back in RVing.

9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
MICROWAVE-CONVECTION COOKING – BEGINNER ABCs FOR SHARP OVEN OWNERS, SEMINAR 1

Learn the basics of setting and operating your Sharp microwave-convection oven from cooking expert and microwave-convection cookbook author Janet Sadlack of Microwave Connection, C9626. She provides step-by-step instructions to get you started. This is a beginner's class on oven operation. For cooking ideas, come to Janet's "Microwave-Convection Cooking For One Or Two" seminar on Thursday from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Seminar 1.

9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
T-SHIRT WEAVING, SEMINAR 9

In this seminar, you will learn how to shorten a T-shirt that is too long, reducing its length by 3 inches. The woven pattern at the bottom of the T-shirt is very attractive and gives a decorative look that dresses it up. Any color of T-shirt works well. Presented by Lorna Ericson, F231830. Please bring a T-shirt that is much too long for you, a box of straight pins, scissors to cut fabric, sewing needle, and thread to match the color of the T-shirt. The cost is $5. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
THE STRESS CROSS, SEMINAR 10

In this seminar you will be painting a wooden cross (two different sizes of crosses are available); paint two or three colors for an added effect. Silver Tibetan charms are attached to create this unique up-to-date look. Charms can have a special meaning just for you. This is a good seminar for a man or a woman. This seminar is presented by Katie Taddeo, F326891, from Katie's Jewelry Design. The cost is $20. Please bring reading glasses, if needed. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
LEARN TO MAKE A SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BRACELET, SEMINAR 11

In this seminar you will learn to make a beautiful Swarovski crystal bracelet with an hourglass design. The kit contains all the materials needed to complete a 7 1/2-inch bracelet of Swarovski crystals using clear crystals with accent crystals in a color of your choice and finished with a sterling-silver lobster-claw clasp. All the tools needed to complete this craft will be supplied to you. You also will receive individual assistance and step-by-step instructions that will be detailed for you to keep for future reference. Margaret Schwalen will present this seminar. The cost is $15. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited. This seminar will be repeated on Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in Seminar 11.

9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
ADVANCED SWEDISH WEAVING, SEMINAR 12

In this advanced class, you will learn how to put names in your weaving to personalize your piece. You also will learn to hemstitch, as well as discover some of the finer points of Swedish Weaving to make your piece a work of art. There will be instructions for left- and right-handed participants. The complete kit is provided. Please bring craft scissors. The cost is $20. Carol Chaney, F387885 will present this seminar. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
BEAN BAG TOSS AT THE ENTEGRA GAME ZONE AREA IN THE ARENA BUILDING

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET, SEMINAR 2

Learn about high-speed Internet access at your favorite RV parks and on the road across the country. The seminar will focus on Wi-Fi, but other topics will briefly touch on DSL, cable, satellite, and cellular technology for RVers. Come learn more about how to "Get Away, and Stay Connected!" This seminar will be presented by Jim and Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
TIRE BASICS FOR THE RV OWNER, SEMINAR 3

Do you know why a tire is like potato salad? After we cover the basics of tire design, loading, inflation, and maybe even a surprise or two, you will know the answer and you will even be able to explain the relationship of tires to potato salad to your friends. Seminar presenter Roger Marble, F399427, is a retired tire design and quality engineer who holds tire design patents, including one still used in IndyCar racing. During his 39-year career, Roger was able to combine his vocation as a tire design engineer with his avocation for car racing when he was able to see, first-hand, the results of his design efforts as he drove his sports car to six lap records at different tracks – from Daytona to Watkins Glen. Tire topics that will be covered include understanding proper size selection; load ratings; when to replace your tires; how to properly repair your tire; and why all tires lose pressure. Roger has made technical presentations to more than 500 engineers and tire technicians in eight countries in North and South America, and has even taught a class on tire failure investigation (think CSI) to engineers at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
RVING TO ALASKA, SEMINAR 4

Participants will gain the practical information they need when planning and taking a trip to Alaska by RV, whether they intend to go solo, with a few friends, or with an organized, escorted RV tour. During the presentation important information will be shared by experienced presenters about preparation tasks such as how many miles a trip will cover; how much time to allow; how to handle mail and e-mail; and what planning resources are available. Participants will learn how to "Alaska-proof" their vehicles and what spare parts they should carry. Various routes and road conditions will be discussed, including the availability of fuel, RV parks, and major towns offering shopping and services. Finally, the presenters will highlight some of the "must-see" aspects of this adventure and share their own experiences and photos. Information will be shared by experienced presenters from Adventure Caravans, C6954.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
RV PLUMBING – THE WASTE SYSTEMS, SEMINAR 5

As distasteful as some might proclaim waste management to be, waste systems on motorhomes are a necessity. As with any major system within the coach, a certain amount of attention and proactive prevention at varying intervals can help keep the unpleasantness or downtime to a minimum. This seminar details the steps necessary while unlocking some of the mysteries. Presented by Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor." Time will be allowed for questions and answers. Gary's other seminars at the "Family A'Fair" Family Reunion will include "RV Plumbing – The Fresh System" on Thursday in Seminar 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; "Motorhome Exterior Care" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; and "Air Conditioner Maintenance" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Gary also will moderate "Generator Maintenance Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and will serve on the panel during the "Ask The Experts Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY®, SEMINAR 6

Presented by Fred O'Donnell, F293801. Learn what Habitat for Humanity® is all about and how to become involved in "building houses and renewing hope" during your RV travels.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
GEOCACHING 101, SEMINAR 7

A short course on getting started in the popular, RV-friendly sport of high-tech "treasure hunting."Geocaching involves using your handheld GPS receiver to search for hidden "caches" of goodies, the coordinates and descriptions of which have been posted on the Internet. Members of the Eastern Area Geoc0achers chapter, in addition to covering a little of the history of geocaching, will show the beginner how to get started and the more advanced user some insights into using the Web site for efficient geocaching. They will demonstrate how to access the Web site and manually enter information on individual geocaches into your GPS, and discuss some tips and tricks for effective searching and for downloading groups of caches. Bring your GPS to the class – we've hidden a few sample caches on the Alliance Energy Center grounds for you to find, either with help right after the class or on your own at your leisure during the Family A'Fair.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
BUILT FOR RV ADVENTURES – TRIPMAKER® RVND™ 5510 OVERVIEW, SEMINAR 8

This Rand McNally 5-inch GPS device has been designed specifically for RVs and campers! RV-easy routing begins with a base of award-winning navigation from Rand McNally and includes legal (propane, RV allowed), parkway and boulevard, weight, and height restrictions - all designed for the specific type of RV you are using. The TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 layers on all the information you need to have an enjoyable and safe trip in your RV. Stop by to see the unit up close! Enter our FREE prize drawing and receive show special details at the seminar.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
OH MY, WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MICROFIBER? SEMINAR 13

Okay, you have microfiber and are not using it. Maybe you just don't know all that it can be used for. Feel free to bring it with you to class and we can discuss the possible uses for each piece. We will talk about the different weaves and how the original terry microfiber can be used for almost everything, but how special weaves might make the job even easier. Presented by Steve and Judy Congrove of Big Rig RV Accessories, C9489.

12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
MICROWAVE-CONVECTION COOKING FOR ONE OR TWO, SEMINAR 1

Looking for easy mealtime solutions for two? Janet Sadlack will share her expertise about microwave and microwave-convection ovens as she shows time-saving ideas for on-the-road cooking just for two. Small-sized recipes, cooking once for several meals, and recipes with a healthy twist will be included. Receive microwave and microwave-convection recipes in the handout. Ms. Sadlack is author of the cookbooks Easy Microwave-Convection Cooking and Microwave-Convection Cooking On-the-Go. For other cooking ideas, come to Janet's "Microwave-Convection Cooking - Beginner ABC's For Sharp Oven Owners" seminar on Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in Seminar 1.

1:00 p.m.
RIVOLI REVUE PERFORMS AT THE ARENA BUILDING, COURTESY OF ADVENTURE CARAVANS, C6954, AN FMCA FIVE STAR SPONSOR


1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
GPS & NAVIGATION WITH MICROSOFT STREETS & TRIPS, SEMINAR 2

How to plan your trips and follow your plan. Using Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010, learn how to plan a multi-stop trip. Understand the different devices available – dashboard, hand-held, and USB devices – for your computer, and even GPS-enabled cell phones such as the Droid. Jim and Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107, will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use GPS navigation and trip planning.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
APPLE COMPUTERS & THE MACINTOSH OPERATING SYSTEM, SEMINAR 3

An introduction to what was proclaimed as "a computer for the rest of us." This seminar will cover some of the distinctive features of Apple brand computers, the Macintosh Snow Leopard operating system, and typical Macintosh applications. Presented by Michael Canode, F13059S, of the FMCA Chapter Webmaster's Group. Michael also will present "Macintosh Operating System Tips & Tricks" on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Seminar 3; and "Designing And Publishing Your Own Web Site" on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in Seminar 3.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
RV BATTERY FUNDAMENTALS, SEMINAR 4

If you are a novice and need some battery fundamentals to assist you in insuring you have the proper understanding and tools necessary to maintain your battery system, this is the seminar for you. During this seminar, there will be discussion on how a battery works, tips on maintaining your battery system, and understanding some of the terminology and fundamentals of how a battery operates. Also discussed will be tips to make your battery system work best for your needs and expectations. Time will be allotted for questions and answers. Seminar presenter Gale Kimbrough, technical services manager for Interstate Batteries, C7196, has more than 20 years working with batteries and motorhomes and is known for his ability to put it into understandable language.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
PRESIDENT'S FORUM, SEMINAR 5

This forum is presented for anyone interested in the current affairs of FMCA.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
SHOULDA, COULDA, WOULDA – SAFETY TIPS AND OTHER THINGS YOU MUST KNOW, SEMINAR 6

Barry Pulis, F285177, a veteran of full-timing, will provide details on safety tips while on the road as well as other things you should, could, or would do to prevent problems while traveling. His seminars provide tips and information that will be useful for both newbies and advanced full-timers. Barry and his wife, Adrienne, have been full-timers for more than eight years. They travel with their two Airedale dogs, Millie and Flea Biscuit.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND BY RV – PLUS SOUTH AFRICA RV SAFARI! (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

FMCA Tour Connection has a fleet of rental motorhomes waiting for you to explore these exotic overseas destinations! FMCA has partnered with Fantasy RV Tour experts, C5644, who bring more than 20 years experience of international caravanning. This seminar will take you on a visual adventure highlighting three continents, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa. All the details are taken care of by professional guides so you can just relax and enjoy. Clear your calendar for the spring of 2014, and join FMCA members for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia & New Zealand!

Come see Kiwi Land, the Down Under, the Outback and then onto Africa for an RV Safari through 10 national parks and 11 game preserves. A lucky attendee will win a $500 Travel Gift Certificate (must be present to win).

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
KILN-FUSED GLASS JEWELRY, SEMINAR 10

Please see description in Wednesday's 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. time slot.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
DRESSY VEST FOR YOUR WINE BOTTLE, SEMINAR 12

Doesn't every self-respecting wine bottle need clothes? Be the first on your block to adorn your wine bottles with a "Dressy Vest." All materials are provided for this no-sew project presented by Marlene Dobrin, F243254. There will be a choice of three colors, so you can make one or more vests. The cost is $7. Please bring fabric scissors. All other supplies are included. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center in the Exhibition Hall north lobby Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
INSIDER TIPS FOR CLEANING COACHES; PROFESSIONAL SECRETS REVEALED! SEMINAR 13

Being on the road has its own cleaning complications. Does tracking in diesel fuel or fresh road tar make you frustrated? Do carpeted ceiling stains drive you crazy? At this seminar you will learn professional secrets that the chemical companies would rather you not know. Should we be using disposables? Get the facts. Learn organizing tips that you may never have thought about. Clean without chemicals. No one with allergies or asthma will want to miss this seminar. Learn to clean tile and grout, stains and drains, and everything in between. We will cover it all. You will leave this seminar informed on how to clean any stain you encounter. There will be time allowed for questions and answers at the end of the seminar. Presented by Janet Trannum of Almost Heaven Microfiber, C8707.

1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
CARDINAL WHIRLEE GIGGLE, SEMINAR 11

Add a bright spot to your awning, patio, or yard with this popular red bird. A small breeze will make the wings turn. The kit includes a hanging wire plus the pattern and instructions to make additional cardinals. All tools and supplies are furnished – just bring yourself. Sherry Hanson, F243196, will present this seminar. The cost is $10. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
PAINT ALONG WITH JOSEPHINE, SEMINAR 9

Please see description in Wednesday's 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. time slot.

1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
RV DRIVING SAFETY PROGRAM, SESSION 1, SEMINAR 7

The RV Driving Safety Program is co-sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), C5999, an FMCA Three Star sponsor, and FMCA. The program will provide you with helpful driving information and tips from seasoned operators, and is intended to help make your driving experience a safe one. With proper attention to the differences in vehicle size, height, and weight, you will find it easy to hit the road in your motorhome.

The major objectives of this program are to increase driver awareness; identify drivers' abilities; understand and identify your vehicle(s); determine conditions that affect driving; and make participants safer drivers. Everyone who completes this course will receive a certificate that may entitle them to a discount on their insurance premiums. The terms and amount of discounts will vary by state and company, so check with your insurance agent regarding your own RV coverage.

The program will accommodate approximately 150 participants. The six-hour program is divided into two sessions of three hours each. The cost is $20 per person payable at the RVSEF RV Driving Safety Program registration booth in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby. Registration begins Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m., and will continue until the program is full. The program schedule follows:


Session 1

Thursday, 1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Seminar 7


Session 2

Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Seminar 7

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
MACINTOSH OPERATING SYSTEM TIPS & TRICKS, SEMINAR 3

Following up on the "Apple Computers & Macintosh Operating System" seminar on Thursday, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Seminar 3, this presentation will concentrate on how to take advantage of the Macintosh Snow Leopard operating system and its many distinctive features. Presented by Michael Canode, F13059S, of the FMCA Chapter Webmaster's Group. Michael also will present "Apple Computer & Macintosh Operating Systems" on Thursday from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Seminar 3; and "Designing And Publishing Your Own Web Site" on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in Seminar 3.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
COOKING COOL & FAST WITH THE INDUCTION COOK TOP, SEMINAR 4

Learn the advantages of induction cooking in your motorhome, home kitchen, or while camping. Suzy Zuege of R&S Induction, C12225, will discuss the unique features of this new cooking method and how it is particularly suited to the motorhome lifestyle. Suzy also will demonstrate some easy recipes prepared on the cool-to-the-touch portable induction cook top.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
RV TIRE CARE AND MAINTENANCE, SEMINAR 5

This seminar will cover a multitude of subjects pertaining to RV tire care and maintenance including loads and pressure, tire nomenclature, rotation, and storage. Phil Arnold, product engineer from Michelin North America, C5502, will present this seminar.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
CLEAN & GREEN RVING – WHAT REALLY MATTERS?, SEMINAR 6

Please see Wednesday's 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. time slot.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
VERIZON WIRELESS (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
KILN-FUSED GLASS BEADED WATCH, SEMINAR 10

This class is a real fashion statement without all of the hard work. Attendees will create a beautiful watch and embellish the band using any combination of 12 colors of glass gems, attaching them to either a gold or silver watch. These gems were created before class by heating the small pieces of glass to 1,800 degrees. By the end of the class the attendee will have created a beautiful watch that they can take with them. All materials furnished by presenter Carol Johnson, F298015. The cost is $25. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
BINGO MANIACS CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 12

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FIRE & LIFE SAFETY IN YOUR RV, SEMINAR 13

Please see description in Wednesday's 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. time slot. This seminar also will be repeated on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Seminar 13.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS "ANOINTING OF THE ELDERLY & SICK", SEMINAR 6

Please see description in Sunday's 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. time slot.

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
CHAPTER FAIR, SEMINAR 1

Come and find out about one of the best-kept secrets of FMCA – chapter membership. This is an opportunity to see individual chapters showcasing their unique qualities – music, golfing, gaming, dining, sharing coach tips, or just kibitzing about motorhoming experiences. The variety of chapters will astound you, but watch out! Chapter members are exceptionally enthusiastic about this way of life . . . it can be contagious.

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
M.I.M.E. CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 11


4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
PICASA PHOTO EDITING WORKSHOP, SEMINAR 9

A hands-on class for using Picasa. Learn from the experts at Geeks-On-Tour. Bring your laptop (Macintosh included) with Picasa already installed. We will provide sample pictures on a USB drive and instructions on using Picasa's photo editing tools to make these pictures look much better and to create collages. Class includes a workbook and a USB thumb drive with samples and tutorial materials. This workshop of personalized instruction is $40 per computer. Class size is limited to 25 students and you must register and pay at the Geeks-On-Tour table that can be found at the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10. Registrations will be taken until the class is full. Please note: Once the class is full, no further sign-ups will be permitted and walk-ins cannot be admitted due to the individualized nature of the instruction. This seminar will be presented by Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107.

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PRVVC CHAPTER MEETING AND DINNER, SEMINAR 2

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
SQUARE, ROUND, AND LINE DANCING, ARENA BUILDING

Led by Jack Ingle, F251132, and sponsored by Twin Peaks RV Insurance, C7669, an FMCA One Star sponsor.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
MORNING DEVOTIONS, SEMINAR 5

Led by volunteers from the Midwest Area Coaches For Christ chapter. Morning Devotions also will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 a.m., in Seminar 5.

7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
EARLY MORNING WORKOUT FOR ALL, SEMINAR 13

Please see description in Thursday's 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. time slot. This seminar will be repeated on Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Seminar 13.

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS IN THE ARENA BUILDING, COMPLIMENTS OF ROADMASTER, INC., C2952, AN FMCA FIVE STAR SPONSOR, AND FMCA (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

See program map for location.


7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FMCA INFORMATION CENTER OPEN IN THE EXHIBITION HALL NORTH LOBBY

Check the "Grounds Services" section of program for description and "Map Section" of program for location. The Information Center will be open 24 hours a day for emergencies.

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
FRUSTRATED MAESTROS PERFORM AT THE ARENA BUILDING

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
FREIGHTLINER CUSTOM CHASSIS PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE, SEMINAR 1

A representative from Freightliner Custom Chassis, C1905, will discuss preventive maintenance and operating tips for the Freightliner motorhome chassis.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
EVERY RVER NEEDS A BLOG, SEMINAR 2

Using the free blogger Web site provided by Google.com, learn how you can set up your very own travelogue on the Web. Write your stories and post your photos where all your family and friends can see. It's easier than you think. Check out www.GeeksOnTour.com and click on Blog to see what we're talking about. This seminar will be presented by Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
DOS & DON'TS OF RV INSURANCE, SEMINAR 3

In this seminar, presenter Jack Ingle of Twin Peaks RV Insurance, C7669, will discuss total replacement costs, vacation liabilities, and diminishing deductibles. He also will explain the difference between car insurance and RV insurance.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
SPARTAN CHASSIS MAINTENANCE, SEMINAR 4

This seminar is presented by the Customer Service Department of Spartan Motors, C3322. Various braking, suspension, and driveline systems will be covered, including proper maintenance and service of these systems. Ample time will be allowed for general and specific questions.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
GENERATOR MAINTENANCE ROUNDTABLE, SEMINAR 5

Generators are often forgotten until you need their power. How do they work? What should you do to make sure your generator is available when needed? How many watts do you need? What can you do if your generator does not start? The goal of this seminar is to answer these and other questions, providing FMCA members with the information necessary to guarantee peace of mind when using a generator. Moderated by Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor." Time will be allowed for questions and answers.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
PIPE DREAMERS CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 6

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
PROGRESSIVE INDUSTRIES SURGE & VOLTAGE PROTECTION (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Daryl Lawrence of Lawrence RV Accessories, Inc., C10135, will be on hand to inform and educate RV owners about ways to monitor and protect their RV electrical systems. Topics will include what causes power surges; surge protectors; high- and low-voltage problems; high- and low-voltage devices; pedestal wiring; and checking the power pedestal. Time will be allowed for a question-and-answer period.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
STARRY NIGHT NECKLACE, SEMINAR 12

Start with five moons, add Swarovski crystals, Chez glass beads, multi-color size 11 seed beads, attach a vermeil clasp, and dream of those Starry Nights. This seminar is presented by Katie Taddeo, F326891, from Katie's Jewelry Design. The cost is $20. Please bring reading glasses, if needed. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, SEMINAR 13

This seminar will provide essential information for women – and men, too – regarding the importance of resistance training in an exercise program to help build strength, increase energy, and improve overall health. Attendees will discover why strength training should be a part of any fitness program and how to incorporate the exercises into their own routine. No, you won't get bulky doing these exercises, but you will keep your body strong and healthy. Presented by Wayne & Dahelia Hunt, F235156. Make sure to join the Hunts during the "Early Morning Workouts," held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Seminar 13, where the essential need to do strengthening exercises will be demonstrated. Everyone is welcome!

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
RV DRIVING SAFETY PROGRAM, SESSION 2, SEMINAR 7

Please see description in Thursday's 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. time slot.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ALL EXHIBITS OPEN

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
FMCA SERVICE CENTER OPEN IN BARN 2

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
BEAN BAG BASEBALL AT THE ENTEGRA GAME ZONE AREA IN THE ARENA BUILDING

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
INTERNATIONAL AREA GATHERING, SEMINAR 6

The International Area of FMCA, often referred to as INTO, invites all convention attendees to our area gathering. We have no geographic boundaries, and we include members from all across North America. Come meet Sonny Gillespie, F192819, National VP International (INTO) Area, and his wife, Carole, as they greet guests and explain the many and varied aspects of INTO. One of the 89 chapters may just be the one to enhance your FMCA experience. According to our bylaws, this will be our Annual Meeting and we need a quorum! Each chapter will be represented by its national director, alternate national director, or temporary delegate — but all members of the area are encouraged to come. During the meeting, INTO will vote on our budget and amendments to INTO's Bylaws and Standing Rules. Chapters celebrating significant anniversaries will be recognized. We urge all INTO chapter officers to attend, since there will be information for them to bring back to their chapters. The INTO gathering is scheduled earlier than those of the other areas to accommodate INTO members who may wish to attend some other area gathering(s) as well. See you there!

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
FMCA CHAPTER: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY® CHAPTER, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING, SEMINAR 10

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
BASICS OF REFRIGERATION, SEMINAR 1

The importance of the RV refrigerator cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, it is often the most misunderstood appliance in a motorhome. Brent Grieves of Thetford/Norcold, C109, will present a seminar on the operation and maintenance of the RV refrigerator. After the presentation, questions will be encouraged.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
HANDHELD MULTIMEDIA & NAVIGATION DEVICES, SEMINAR 3

When it comes to pictures, audio, and video content, not only can you "take it with you," but you can find out where you want to take it! This seminar explores the many new ways that small, handheld devices can guide and entertain you on the road and on foot. Presented by Michael Canode, F13059S, of the FMCA Chapter Webmaster's Group.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
INTRODUCTION TO RV SATELLITE AND WHAT IS AVAILABLE, SEMINAR 4

This roundtable discussion will cover today's satellite systems and related hardware and software. Panel members will include representatives from satellite companies exhibiting at the Family Reunion. Royal Lamb of RF Mogul will moderate this seminar. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
MOTORHOME EXTERIOR CARE, SEMINAR 5

There are three progressive degrees of exterior care: preventive maintenance, restorative maintenance and damage repair. The key is to master the "preventive" in order to avoid the "damage." The progression is unavoidable. Discrepancies left unaddressed will only worsen over time and lead to higher costs of repair and/or replacement. In this seminar, learn the hows and whys of all exterior surfaces on your motorhome. Presented by Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor." Time will be allowed for questions and answers. All RV air conditioners operate on the varied and often confusing principles of thermodynamics. Learning a few of these key principles will help you maximize the efficiency of your rooftop air conditioner and save maintenance and repair costs each and every season. Gary's 12-step program encompasses all you need to know about maintaining any rooftop air conditioner. Presented by Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor." Time will be allowed for questions and answers. Gary's other seminars at the "Family A'Fair" Family Reunion will include "RV Plumbing – The Fresh System" on Thursday in Seminar 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; "RV Plumbing – The Waste Systems" on Thursday in Seminar 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; and "Air Condition Maintenance" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Gary also will moderate "Generator Maintenance Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and will serve on the panel during the "Ask The Experts Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS BY RV CARAVAN – 2012 FMCA TOUR CONNECTION (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

This grand circle adventure to America's Western National Parks is a journey through colorful legends, startling landscapes, and the "Wild West". Seminar presented by FMCA Tour Connection experts, powered by Fantasy RV Tours, C5644, featuring a big-screen visual trip to Death Valley, Four Corners, Monument Valley, Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks. You'll see the fantastic gorges at Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon and so much more! A lucky FMCA member will win a $250 Travel Gift Certificate (must be present to win).

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
JOINT HEALTH AND LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS, SEMINAR 13

Dahelia and Wayne Hunt, F235156, will discuss two approaches to learn how to effectively cope and live with arthritis. Apply and practice exercises specific to joint health by attending the "Early Morning Workout For All" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Seminar 13.

9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
PAINT ALONG WITH JOSEPHINE, SEMINAR 9

Please see description in Wednesday's 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. time slot.

9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
LEARN TO MAKE A SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BRACELET, SEMINAR 11

Please see Thursday's 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. time slot.

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
FMCA CHAPTER: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY® CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 10

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
HYDRONIC HEATING FOR ALL RV'S (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 1

Is it time to repair, rebuild, or replace your heating and hot water system? Coaches of all sizes can have the luxury of a hydronic heating system. Currently there are more than 10,000 coaches that already have hydronic heating. Many of those will be in need of major repairs due to the age of the system and the hours of use. So, whether you are replacing an existing hydronic system or upgrading from propane, this seminar will cover your options.  Presented by Steve Bayne of Espar Heating Systems, C11419.
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
DE-MYSTIFYING NAVIGATION, SEMINAR 2

From atlases, to online maps, to GPS. Have you ever wondered how they come up with that route? How do they account for low bridges and overpasses? What are the differences between a commercial-grade GPS and a car GPS? Can good navigation tools save you time and money? Answer these and other questions with Dave Marsh, vice president of Product Development and Amy Krouse, director of Public Relations from Rand McNally, C557.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
DESIGNING AND PUBLISHING YOUR OWN WEB SITE, SEMINAR 3

Making an Internet site is not the exclusive domain of high-tech "cubicle dwellers." If you can open, edit, and save a letter and a picture on your computer, you can create a Web site. Small business or big family, home builder or hiker, Airstream or Zanzibar owner -- the World Wide Web has room for you! Come to this seminar, and learn the basics of making your own Web site from an FMCA Chapter webmaster. "Happy Cybercamping!" Presented by Michael Canode, F13059S, of the FMCA Chapter Webmaster's Group. Michael also will present Apple Computers & The Macintosh Operating System on Thursday from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Seminar 3; and Macintosh Operating System Tips & Tricks on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Seminar 3.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
SATELLITE TV TECHNICAL TALK, SEMINAR 4

This seminar, designed for owners of satellite systems, will include discussions on how to maximize the use of your systems. The panel will be composed of representatives from companies exhibiting at the Family Reunion and moderated by Royal Lamb of RF Mogul. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
AIR CONDITIONER MAINTENANCE, SEMINAR 5

All RV air conditioners operate on the varied and often confusing principles of thermodynamics. Learning a few of these key principles will help you maximize the efficiency of your rooftop air conditioner and save maintenance and repair costs each and every season. Gary's 12-step program encompasses all you need to know about maintaining any rooftop air conditioner. Presented by Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor." Time will be allowed for questions and answers. Gary's other seminars at the "Family A'Fair" Family Reunion will include "RV Plumbing – The Fresh System" on Thursday in Seminar 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; "RV Plumbing – The Waste Systems" on Thursday in Seminar 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; and "Motorhome Exterior Care" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Gary also will moderate "Generator Maintenance Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and will serve on the panel during the "Ask The Experts Roundtable" on Friday in Seminar 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
SUSPENSIONS – COACH RIDE & HANDLING, SEMINAR 6

Please see Wednesday's 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. time slot.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
RESOLVE YOUR SUGAR AND CARB CRAVINGS, SEMINAR 7

Are you constantly craving sweets and carbs? Do you feel like eating well and staying well is an uphill battle? This interactive and transformative workshop will include discussion about the many factors that can lead to cravings, what these desires indicate, and practical solutions. Learn why you crave sugar and begin to permanently change your relationship with it. Presented by Mauree Kai, F379197, of Holistic Healing Arts.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
CAULKING & SEALING YOUR COACH (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Learn how to properly maintain and seal your RV home. Presented by Tim Klenk, CEO of MasterTech LLC, C11533. Tim has more than 35 years of extensive experience in the RV industry and he will demonstrate the correct procedures and products to use when sealing windows, moldings, fiberglass, and rubber roofs. MasterTech is providing their top-rated elite service during FMCA's 86th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase. Call (866) 895-4556, extension 13, to schedule in advance or visit them in the Exhibition Hall at Booths #407, 409, 411, and 413.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
HONEY, LET'S CLEAN THE RV, SEMINAR 13

Learn how to clean your motorhome inside and out without the use of chemicals. Janet Trannum of Almost Heaven Products, C8707, will let you in on tips you have probably never thought of, such as cleaning with peanut butter and Tang. People with sinus or allergy problems will benefit from the chemical-free cleaning ideas offered in this informative seminar. Many people spend hours cleaning their motorhomes, but Janet will show you how to quickly and easily finish the chore and get back to enjoying your RVing lifestyle. You may be surprised to discover how many cleaning items you have in your motorhome's kitchen right now.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FRUSTRATED MAESTROS PERFORM AT THE EXHIBITION HALL MAIN LOBBY

1:00 p.m.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL IN THE EXHIBTION HALL MAIN LOBBY, COURTESY OF MILLER INSURANCE AGENCY, C3045, AN FMCA TWO STAR SPONSOR (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

A special thanks goes to the Full Timers chapter for making this event an ongoing success.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WILLIE & COMPANY FAN CLUB CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 11

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
DYNAMAX & ISATA CHAPTER FORMATION MEETING, SEMINAR 12

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
AMERICA'S GREATEST RV RALLIES – FOR FMCA MEMBERS! SEMINAR 1

The most sought-after RV rallies in America! Check out this lineup . . . Albuquerque Balloon, Calgary Stampede, Washington, D.C., Cherry
Blossom, Pasadena Rose Parade, Kentucky Derby, New York City, San Antonio Fiesta, San Francisco and Napa Valley. Come find out why these rallies are so popular! You don't want to miss this big-screen travelogue presented by FMCA's Tour Connection partner, Fantasy RV Tours, C5644.

FMCA's Tour Connection will host two rallies each year for members starting in 2012 with a spring Washington, D.C., rally and a fall Albuquerque Balloon rally. A lucky attendee at America's Greatest Rallies seminar will win a six-day RV Rally, an $895 Value! Drawing at end of seminar (must be present to win).

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
QUILT TRUNK SHOW, SEMINAR 3

Wisconsin quilter Arlene Kaminski, F34411, will show quilts she has made along her journey from traditional to contemporary.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
MAPPING PROGRAMS FOR YOUR PC, SEMINAR 4

Never fold a paper map again. Never get lost. Figure out the way around the next traffic jam you encounter. All of these can come true if you carry a laptop computer with you in your coach. There are products that make paper maps a thing of the past. Not only will you have a map of every road in the United States at your fingertips, but with GPS, you will know exactly where you are on the map. Come and hear what these products have to offer. If you can click a mouse, you can make these programs work for you. Presenter Chuck Borcher, F164191, will be using DeLorme Street Atlas and Microsoft Streets and Trips for examples. Chuck also will present "Digital TV Converter Box" on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in Seminar 6; and "Word Processing Application Basics" on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in Seminar 2.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
ASK THE EXPERTS, SEMINAR 5

One of the great advantages of membership in Family Motor Coach Association is having access to the tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge held by your fellow family and commercial members. In this forum you will have the opportunity to present your questions to a panel of motorhome "experts," as well as share your experience with other attendees. You will receive tips, suggestions, and answers to your motorhome questions, and obtain guidance to additional resources for more complex or special issues. The panel of experts will include Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor"; Walter Cannon, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), C5999; and Brett Wolfe, F252125, FMCA Technical Advisory Committee member and the technical moderator for FMCA.com's Motorhome Forums.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
G.R.O.W. – GO RECRUITING ON WHEELS, SEMINAR 6

Would you like to be a member of the FMCA Recruitment Team? If you like to tell people about our great organization, we need YOU! In this seminar, we'll tell you about the tools you can use to recruit new members, and the rewards you can receive for recruiting them. Participants joining the "GROW" Recruitment Team will receive a kit with FMCA recruitment materials. Presented by the Recruitment Task Force of the Membership/Member Services Committee.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
RV DESTINATIONS IDEA EXCHANGE, SEMINAR 7

Join in this lively presentation as attendees share their favorite RV destinations and overnight spots. Bring your best suggestions along with a road atlas so you can mark new and exciting destinations to visit. Moderated by Bill Marti, F204932, and assisted by Jim & Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107, who will provide location searches using Google Earth.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
PRESSUREPRO TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Learn how to reduce maintenance, optimize tire pressures, improve fuel efficiency, extend tire life, and add safety! PressurePro includes system diagnostics, alternate vehicle use (checks tires even while driving down the road), and alarm features. Presented by Duane Sprague, CEO of L&S PressurePro, C4959.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
MOBILE FLAGPOLE, SEMINAR 9

This is a great way to display Old Glory, your family crest, or a chapter flag. PVC pipe and various hardware complete the project. All tools and supplies are furnished, just bring yourself. Sherry Hanson, F243196 will present this seminar. The cost is $15. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
KILN-FUSED GLASS JEWELRY, SEMINAR 10

Please see description in Wednesday's 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. time slot.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ACHIEVER'S INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 13

2:00 p.m.
RIVOLI REVUE PERFORMS AT THE ARENA BUILDING, COURTESY OF ADVENTURE CARAVANS, C6954, AN FMCA FIVE STAR SPONSOR

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
FMCA AREA GATHERINGS

International Area
Seminar 6, 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with Sonny Gillespie

The International Area Gathering will be held on Wednesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., in Seminar 6. Please see description in that time slot.

Southeast Area
Seminar 2, with Tom Eller

Tom Eller, F189521, National VP, Southeast Area, and his wife, Lorna, invite you to attend the Southeast Area gathering. At this gathering you will have an opportunity to say good-bye to Tom and Lorna who will be going out of office and welcome newly elected National VP, Southeast Area, Ralph Marino, F111272, and his wife, Sue. Ralph will be discussing plans for the February 2012 Southeast Area rally.

Great Lakes Area
Seminar 3, with Jon Walker

The Great Lakes Area encompasses the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and the province of Ontario, Canada. Our area also touches the Great Lakes shores of Michigan, Superior, and Erie. There are many unique places to visit, including the Amish sites in Indiana and Ohio, and the beautiful countrysides and crystal-clear lakes of Michigan and Ontario. The Great Lakes Area Spring Spree (G.L.A.S.S.) at Berrien Springs, Michigan, held during Memorial Day weekend each year, is one of the best FMCA rallies. At this area rally, you can meet people from each of the 23 diverse chapters. G.L.A.S.S. is sponsored by the Great Lakes Area MotorCoach Association, Inc. (GLAMA). Joining a Great Lakes chapter is the best way to enjoy scenic trips around our area and to meet new friends because really enjoyable experiences occur when people with common interests attend rallies. If you spend much of your time in the Great Lakes Area, please stop by our area gathering and meet Jon Walker, F268778, National VP, Great Lakes Area, and his wife, Sondra, along with fellow Great Lakers, and learn more about our area and its chapters.

Eastern Area
Seminar 4, with Otho Tew

All are welcome at the Eastern Area Gathering with Otho Tew, F152425, National VP, Eastern Area, and his wife, Alice. We invite you to come and relax with friends. We will answer any questions you may have about the area and FMCA. There are 51 chapters in this area, which encompasses Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. From the Natchez Trace to the Outer Banks, the Amish Country to the haunts of J. E. B. Stuart, there is a chapter waiting to welcome you!

Rocky Mountain Area
Seminar 6, with Allen Rein

Please join us for our Rocky Mountain Area gathering. The Rocky Mountain Area encompasses the beautiful states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Most of the chapters meet six or seven time a year and those in the warmer climates meet during the winter, while up north the rallies are in the summer. If you live in our area or plan to visit, stop by and get acquainted with members from our great chapters. Come meet your newly elected Rocky Mountain Area National Vice President, Harry Montgomery, F336413, his wife, Susan, and other area officers, and receive the latest information about our 28th Rocky Mountain Ramble, "Spooktacular Halloween Party," being held October 11-15, 2011 in Farmington, New Mexico. We look forward to seeing you there!

Midwest Area
Seminar 7, with Al Talbott

The Midwest Area consists of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada. If you are from these areas, please plan to attend the Midwest Area Gathering. Meet Al Talbott, F22312, National VP, Midwest Area, and his wife Dory; and newly elected Midwest Area National Vice President, Robert Nebel, Jr., F205021, and Ann; and other Midwest Area Cooperative (MAC) officers. The get-together will be short and there will be lots of information about what's new in the Midwest. If you're interested in joining a chapter or meeting other RVing people such as yourself, plan to attend and enjoy the fun. Chapter officers and members may wish to bring information regarding their chapter as an aid to prospective new members.

South Central Area
Seminar 8, with Fred Kennedy

Throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, you'll find some of the nicest FMCA members in the country. Representatives of the South Central Area's 51 chapters and the Six-State Rally Association are interested in telling you about the many activities that take place in this part of the country. Many of them will be at the South Central Area Gathering along with Fred Kennedy, F44281, National VP South Central Area, and his wife, Lou. Meet incoming National VP, South Central Area, Charlie Adcock and his wife, Gloria. They'll introduce you to some "good country" fun through their area chapters and the annual Six-State Rally, "Heartland Motorhome Festival," scheduled for September 28 through October 2, 2011, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Take a few minutes to meet some new friends and learn about the South Central Area chapters that interest you. See you there!

Northeast Area
Seminar 9, with Paul DuBois

The Northeast Area is comprised of six New England states, New York and New Jersey, five Canadian Maritime Provinces, and the Province of Quebec. The area currently includes 41 chapters covering a wide range of interests.

Paul DuBois, F296221, National VP Northeast Area, and his wife Diane, invite everyone to attend the Northeast Area Gathering and learn more about our area. We will share memories of NEAR 2011, discuss plans for the future, and answer any questions you may have about our area.

Western Area
Seminar 11, with Bobby Donald

The Western Area encompasses all of the Golden State of California and the Silver State area of Reno, Nevada. Come join us as we talk about the many fun-filled activities in 2011 and the Western Area Rally in January 2012. Bobby Donald, F107800, National VP, Western Area, and his wife Shirley, welcome you to this gathering. We look forward to seeing you there.

Northwest Area
Seminar 12, with Andy Balogh

Welcome to the Northwest Area Gathering . . . . Where good people meet!

This area includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, Canada. The Northwest Area is a great place to be, whether you live here or just visit. You will find many interesting places to see and wonderful photo ops during your travels. Come and visit with Andy Balogh, F316832, National VP, Northwest Area, and his wife, Kathie, other area officers, and the friendliest FMCA chapter officers/members who are excited to meet you and invite you to attend their rallies whenever you are in the Northwest Area. Bring your friends.

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A SPECIAL LOOK AT RVs THROUGH THE YEARS, FMCA YOUTH CENTER, BARN 3

The evolution of RVs through the years has led to many innovations and sometimes weird designs. Al Hesselbart of the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame will take those registered with the Youth Program at FMCA's 86th Family Reunion on a journey from the earliest "house cars" up to today's mobile mansions. Please check the Youth Activities section of your convention program for youth registration details.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
DAVE & DAPHNE FAN CLUB CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 3

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
MILITARY VETERANS CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 4

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ELK INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 5

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS AND CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 6

Please see description in Sunday's 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. time slot.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ANGEL BUS CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 12

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
PICASA PHOTO EDITING WORKSHOP, SEMINAR 9

Please see description in Thursday's 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. time slot.

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
CAT RV CLUB CHAPTER BUSINESS MEETING & SOCIAL, SEMINAR 1

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
CHAI – CHAVURAT YEHUDIM CHAPTER MEETING & KABBALAT SHABAT SERVICE, SEMINAR 2

8:00 p.m.
RECOGNITION OF DIGNITARIES, FMCA OFFICERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES AT VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

8:00 p.m.
DOUBLE GRANDE PERFORMS AT VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM


SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
MORNING DEVOTIONS, SEMINAR 5

Led by volunteers from the Midwest Area Coaches For Christ chapter. Morning Devotions also will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 a.m., in Seminar 5.

7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
EARLY MORNING WORKOUT FOR ALL, SEMINAR 13

Please see description in Thursday's 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. time slot.

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS IN THE ARENA BUILDING, COMPLIMENTS OF ROADMASTER, INC., C2952, AN FMCA FIVE STAR SPONSOR, AND FMCA (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

See program map for location.

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FMCA INFORMATION CENTER OPEN IN THE EXHIBITION HALL NORTH LOBBY

Check the "Grounds Services" section of program for description and "Map Section" of program for location. The Information Center will be open 24 hours a day for emergencies.

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
FRUSTRATED MAESTROS PERFORM AT THE ARENA BUILDING

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
FMCA'S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AT VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

Hear the state of the association from your elected officers. The installation of officers will take place and SPECIAL PARTICIPATION AWARDS totaling $2,500 will be drawn. You must be present to win. Forms received in members' confirmation packets should be filled out and returned to the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby before Friday, August 12, at 5:00 p.m., or on Saturday, August 13, near the stage area in Veterans Memorial Coliseum prior to the start of the Annual Membership Meeting.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ALL EXHIBITS OPEN

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
FMCA SERVICE CENTER OPEN IN BARN 2

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
COACHES FOR CHRIST CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 6

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
DRIVING WITH THE ALLISON WORLD TRANSMISSION, SEMINAR 1

Understanding the Allison transmission's operation and programming will allow motorhome drivers whose coaches are equipped with this computer-controlled transmission to enjoy many new features not found on other transmissions. Larry Dodson, OEM accounts manager of Allison Transmission, C4454, will conduct a presentation on the operation, programming, and "tricks" of the Allison transmission.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WORD PROCESSING APPLICATION BASICS, SEMINAR 2

Learn the basics of full-featured word processing programs, including how to adjust the size and appearance of fonts; use of the cut, copy, and paste functions; the setting and use of margins and tabs; setting line orientations to the left, center, or right; setting a portrait or landscape page format; and how to enhance the appearance of a page. Join Chuck Borcher, F164191, for this informative and fun-filled presentation on the basics of word processing. For demonstration purposes, Chuck will be using OpenOffice.org a free word processing program by Oracle Corporation, which is compatible to and has similar appearance and features as programs such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Works. Chuck also will present "Digital TV Converter Box For Your Coach" on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in Seminar 6; and "Mapping Programs For Your PC" on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Seminar 4.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
ON-ROAD QUILTERS, SEMINAR 3

Calling all quilters! Let's get together and share our passion for quilting. Bring your projects -- finished or unfinished -- for "Show and Tell." Come and see the children's quilts made and donated by On-Road Quilters to be left behind in the local area. The quilts will be donated to the local children's hospital, the area police and fire departments, and the shelters for battered women. There is no pre-registration for this seminar. Anyone who is interested in quilting is invited to this seminar. Presented by Arlene Kaminski, F34411.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
OPTIMIZING YOUR MOTORHOME BATTERY SYSTEM, SEMINAR 4

This seminar will define and clarify terminology confusion surrounding batteries for your motorhome. Acronyms like AGM, Gel, SLI, SLA, and VRLA will be discussed. This session will offer information on DC and AC power availability and how to optimize your battery unit. Proper connection of Series, Parallel, and Series/Parallel battery systems also will be addressed. Do you have your charging system in tune with the batteries? Also discussed will be tips to make your battery system work best for your needs and expectations. Time will be allotted for questions and answers. Seminar presenter Gale Kimbrough, technical services manager for Interstate Batteries, C7196, has more than 20 years working with batteries and motorhomes. He is known for his ability to put it into understandable language and has the knowledge and experience to answer you easy or difficult questions.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
PHOTO STORY 3, SEMINAR 5

Jim & Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107, will show you how to make movies from your digital photos. Take your digital still photos and let Photo Story 3 make them look like a video movie with Zoom and Pan effects. Add custom-created music and narration all with this free download from Microsoft.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WEIGH LESS, LIVE MORE, SEMINAR 7

This seminar will outline a safe way to drop pounds and add more FOOD to your diet rather than take away; weight loss problems in America; why diets don't work; having a coach for weight loss; and additional information in Integrative Nutrition. Facts and key points will be discussed as well as the top 10 ways to weigh less, live more. Presented by Mauree Kai, F379197, of Holistic Healing Arts.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
POLAR BEAR EXPRESS BY RV AND TUNDRA BUGGY (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

UP CLOSE WITH POLAR BEARS & CUBS . . . so close you can hear these mighty animals breath! FMCA has partnered with Fantasy RV Tours, C5644, to offer members this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Polar Bear Express wagonmasters share amazing photos and videos featuring the bear migration at Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada. Come learn about FMCA Tour Connection travel options to see the bears by RV, train, plane, and tundra buggy. Don't miss this awesome seminar, plus lots of great door prizes!


9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
KILN-FUSED GLASS JEWELRY, SEMINAR 10

Please see description in Wednesday's 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. time slot.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
CHINESE CARRY OUT BOX AND 2 FORTUNE COOKIES, SEMINAR 11

Learn how to create a Chinese carry-out box and two fortune cookies. Write your own fortunes. Cover the box and the cookies with your choice of fabric. Marlene Dobrin, F243254, will provide all the materials to complete the craft, but you must bring a pair of fabric scissors to complete the project. There will be a choice of three colors so you can make one or more vests. The cost is $7. All other supplies are included. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center in the Exhibition Hall north lobby Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
ROSE LIGHT, SEMINAR 12

This rose petal light is perfect for a small night light and makes a wonderful accent for tables at any special occasion. The battery power makes it a safe alternative to candles. Easy-to-find parts make it a nice project for chapter events and a great gift. All tools and supplies are furnished – just bring yourself. Sherry Hanson, F243196 will present this seminar. The cost is $8. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
FIRE & LIFE SAFETY IN YOUR RV, SEMINAR 13

Please see description in Wednesday's 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. time slot.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
FULL-TIMING, SEMINAR 1

This full-timing seminar will be presented for anyone interested in making RV living a year-round lifestyle. You will have no home to worry about, because it is with you at all times. You meet new friends everywhere. Some of the topics that will be covered by the panel members are getting started in full-timing, working on the road, keeping in touch with others, and much more. They will address the positive and negative aspects of full-timing. Time will be allotted for questions from the floor. Please remember, the panelists are not experts on any of the subjects that are addressed; they will, however, try to answer your questions based on their own experiences. The seminar will consist of a panel from the Full Timers chapter of FMCA and will be moderated by their chapter president, Jack Friedlander, F323377. The Full Timers chapter of FMCA is happy to welcome new members and you will have an opportunity to join this chapter at the seminar.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
INSURANCE – INSURANCE WHAT AFFECTS YOUR INSURANCE RATES, SEMINAR 2

Cheryl Howarth of Miller Insurance Agency, Inc., C3045 will explain what affects your rates; when to turn in a claim; and why the person next to you has different coverages and rates. What specialty coverages are available with an RV Insurance Specialist? Learn what works for your RV and why. Discover how many choices an RV Insurance Specialty Agency has to offer you. "It takes an RVer to Know RVs."

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
IMPROVING MILEAGE AND HANDLING BY DECREASING RESISTANCE, SEMINAR 4

This seminar will cover the importance of understanding how to reduce rolling resistance, aerodynamic resistance, and drivetrain resistance. It will cover how to make the most of the different components that provide the foundation for your home on wheels and how a well-handling, easy-rolling vehicle will save you money on fuel while providing safer and happier driving. We want to help folks get the most out of their coaches, making them better than new, as well as getting many more years of enjoyment out of them. Presented by Robert Henderson of Henderson’s Line-Up/SuperSteer®, C5009.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
GOOGLE EARTH, SEMINAR 5

Google Earth is probably the coolest program ever conceived! Watch a spinning globe of our planet and zoom in to detailed satellite imagery of any location. Find nearby stores and restaurants, get directions, and attach your photos to the locations where they were taken. Virtual travel at its best. A free downloadable program from Google. This seminar will be presented by Jim and Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com, C11107.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SPARTAN CHASSIS INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 6

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
WHAT IS AUXILIARY BRAKING AND WHY DO I NEED IT?, SEMINAR 7

Join in this interactive seminar addressing what auxiliary braking is and addressing the different types and designs which are available. You will learn why we need an auxiliary braking system in our tow vehicles, address systems, safety, and state towing requirements and how they affect us. The Dos and Don'ts of caring for your auxiliary braking system also will be covered. This interesting and entertaining seminar will be loaded with helpful hints. Presented by Jim Sharlow of The RV Solution, C11605.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
TIRETRAKER TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Do you know what most experts consider to be the most important safety system on your RV? Your tires! Daryl Lawrence, F322262, of Lawrence RV Accessories, Inc., C10135, will explain how you can monitor the tires on your motorhome and towed vehicle continually. Learn some interesting facts about tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), and how an effective system can provide safety, extended tire wear, and reduced fuel and maintenance costs. Discussion items will include various features of each system, including high and low pressure alerts, temperature alerts, system specifications, and installation. A brief overview of the federal TREAD act also will be presented. Time will be allotted for questions and answers to help you determine which system may be right for you.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
KILN-FUSED GLASS BEADED BRACELET, SEMINAR 10

This class is a real fashion statement without all of the hard work. Attendees will create a beautiful bracelet using any combination of 12 colors of glass gems, attaching them to either a gold or silver bracelet base. These gems were created before class by heating the small pieces of glass to 1,800 degrees. By the end of the class, the attendee will have created a dazzling bracelet that they can take with them. All materials are furnished by presenter Carol Johnson, F298015. The cost is $25. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
FAMILY A'FAIR NECKLACE, SEMINAR 11

Designed for FMCA'S 86th Family Reunion, this red, white, and blue necklace says stand up and shout for FMCA's Family Reunion in Madison, Wisconsin. Made from Chez glass, Tibetan silver charms, and a silver clasp. This seminar is presented by Katie Taddeo, F326891, from Katie's Jewelry Design. The cost is $20. Please bring reading glasses, if needed. Sign up at the craft table in the Information Center located in the Exhibition Hall north lobby beginning on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited.

11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
QUILTS FOR KIDS EXHIBIT, INFORMATION CENTER IN THE EXHIBITION CENTER NORTH LOBBY

Come and see the children's quilts made and donated by FMCA's On-Road Quilters. After the exhibit the quilts will be donated to a local charity that provides Quilts for Kids in hospitals and various other charities providing services to children.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
BLESSING OF THE PETS, SEMINAR 13

A "Blessing of the Pets" will be held. Mass also will be held on Saturday, at 4:30 p.m. in Seminar 5.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
CLEANING TANKS, SENSORS, & MUCH MORE, SEMINAR 7

How to get your tank sensors clean and keep them working. Hooking up your utilities and maintaining a healthy fresh water system. Methods to clean and maintain your paint finish. What to use and what to avoid; the "Dos and Don'ts of caring for your RV." Join Jim Sharlow of The RV Solution, C11605, for this interesting educational and entertaining seminar loaded with helpful hints. Learn tips and solutions on how to get and keep your RV in tip-top condition.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
RVING TO MEXICO (A PRODUCT SPECIFIC SEMINAR), SEMINAR 8

Participants will gain invaluable practical information when planning and taking a trip to Mexico by RV, whether they intend to go solo, with a few friends, or with an organized, escorted RV tour. Presenters, Bill and Carol Schultz, will share many of the reasons so many U.S. citizens choose Mexico as both a winter vacation destination and a "snowbird" roost. Attendees will be introduced to the uniqueness of each of several regions within Mexico. Some of the "must-see" aspects of this adventure will be shared by the presenters, along with their own experiences and photos. During the presentation, important information will be provided by experienced presenters concerning travel in Mexico such as language, safety, special vehicle insurance requirements, border crossings, toll roads, water treatment, and RV parks. Finally, participants will understand why they need to be prepared for traveling in Mexico and flexible in their travel plans in order to completely enjoy this country.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LADIES SOCIAL, SPONSORED BY KILEY MOLD, C7252, AN FMCA ONE STAR SPONSOR, SEMINAR 1

Join in the fun and wear your red, pink, purple, or no hat; all are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. A $1 donation will be collected at the sign-up table in the Information Center in the Exhibition Hall north lobby on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
BITS & BYTES CHAPTER MEETING, SEMINAR 6

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS, SEMINAR 5

Please see description in Sunday's 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. time slot.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
HAVDALAH SERVICE, SEMINAR 2

8:00 p.m.
INTRODUCTION OF THE NEWLY CONSTITUTED EXECUTIVE BOARD AT VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

8:00 p.m.
STREET CORNER SYMPHONY PERFORMS AT VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, COURTESY OF HEARTHSIDE GROVE MOTORCOACH RESORT, C11369, AN FMCA FIVE STAR SPONSOR

10:00 p.m.
YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN NOW

We hope you've enjoyed FMCA's 86th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. Drive safely until we see you again at the next FMCA Family Reunion, August 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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