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Perry Registration Is Open!

Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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In order to better serve you, we ask that you please update the Coach Make/Manufacturer field in your Membership Profile at your earliest convenience if you have not already done so.

To All Our Friends in South Texas, Louisiana and Florida

Here at FMCA our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. These include the area residents, victims, first responders, and citizens who have stepped in to assist their neighbors.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma: Looking for resources or ways you can help?

1. Make a Donation
The following organizations* are accepting donations for South Texas and Florida relief efforts.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org (https://www.redcross.org) or call 1-800-HELP-NOW (800-435-7669). Or text IRMA or HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army: give.salvationarmyusa.orgor call 1-800-725-2769. Or text STORM to 51555.
Catholic Charities USA: www.catholiccharitiesusa.orgor call 800-919-9338. Or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
*Please note FMCA is not affiliated with and/or advocating these organizations.

2. Volunteer with RV Disaster Corps
RV Disaster Corps has put out a call for RVers to staff volunteer centers. Volunteers with RV Disaster Corps assist people displaced by storms and help first responders. Because RV Disaster Corps volunteers have their own accommodations, they can relocate to the impacted area without requiring scarce local housing resources. www.rvdisastercorps.org.

3. Help Evacuees Find a Safe Place
Texas: The Texas Association of Campground Owners has identified RV parks with space available for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Visit https://texascampgrounds.com or www.TexasCabinRentals.net. It is recommended to call the parks in advance; availability may change based on current weather.

Florida and Alabama campgrounds: Information will be posted as available: www.CampFlorida.com and www.CampInAlabama.com.

Alabama state parks: Call 1-800-ALA-PARK (1-800-252-7275) for availability.

Florida road conditions: Real-time traffic information is available at https://fl511.com. Or call (866) 511-3352; in Florida, dial 511.

Member Vote: Voting Now Open

CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of the ballot.

Please note, all ballots must be sent via postal mail to: Mandel and Associates, Inc., 431 Ohio Pike, Suite 201, Cincinnati, OH 45255

FMCA Remodel

Big news! It's time to take a step in the right direction, CLICK HERE to learn more about FMCA's plans to remodel.

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By Chris and Jim Guld
www.GeeksonTour.com 

Motorhomers can edit photos using Picasa. 
Motorhomers can improve their pictures using Picasa. 
I received an e-mail from someone asking me what  type of camera I use, because he likes the pictures in our blog so much. I do get compliments on my photos often – thank you! But, I answered him the way I answer all the others: “Yes, I have a good digital SLR camera (Canon Digital Rebel), but I believe what makes the difference is just a few seconds spent with each photo in Picasa!”

The picture of the split rail fence was in one of my recent blog posts and is one of my current favorites. It was taken in a city park in Winterset, Iowa. The main attraction of this park is a covered bridge. I like taking photos of things that aren’t the main attraction. This is just an old fence and a big tree trunk off in a corner of the park.

I liked the picture right from the camera.  But I really liked it after four clicks in Picasa …

1. I’m Feeling Lucky – this is a one-click automatic color and contrast adjustment. I click on this with every picture. If I don’t like what it does, I just click on Undo. I liked what it did on this photo.

2. Sharpen this is on the Effects tab. Right now, you have to hold down on Shift as you click it to see the results.

3. Saturation – this is a button on the Effects tab. Just one click and it applies an automatic amount of saturation – you can adjust the amount with the slider -- and then click Apply.  Saturation means more color. Just like adding another coat of paint. Saturation makes your picture richer and brighter. Not always something you want, but you can Undo if you don’t like it.

4. Shadows – this is a feature on the Tuning tab. I just moved the slider to the right a tiny bit. It does exactly what it says … increases the shadows. For this picture, I think it made it richer.

So, that’s it. I spent no more than four seconds on this photo to turn it from a nice picture to a really nice picture. Click “upload” and now it’s on the Web to share.

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