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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.

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

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This month, April 25-27, if you’re so inclined, you are welcome to give a High Plains “howdy” to High Plains Drifters chapter members at their first rally of the season in Fort Collins, Colorado.

These FMCA members are “home on the range” in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

By Peggy Jordan,
Associate Editor, Family Motor Coaching magazine

April 2014

This month, April 25-27, if you’re so inclined, you are welcome to give a High Plains “howdy” to High Plains Drifters chapter members at their first rally of the season in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Chapter vice president John Kilburn said they’ll be at the Fort Collins/Lakeside KOA, and FMCA members are welcome to come check out the group.

In fact, not long ago he was a newbie, so he can show you the ropes.

“The first night we showed up for a rally we didn’t know anybody,” John said, referring to himself and his wife, Diann. “We came in there total strangers, but they jumped up to greet us and made us feel right at home.”

The High Plains Drifters’ scope is generally southeast Wyoming, northeast Colorado, and the panhandle of Nebraska. But all FMCA members are welcome. From April through October, the chapter meets on the fourth weekend of the month, from Friday through Sunday.

Friday typically includes a potluck, and Saturday morning the group gathers for a chapter business meeting. After that, John said, “Somebody might have a roundtable-type discussion for the guys to talk about issues with motorhomes every now and then. Most Saturdays you’re on your own for lunch, and then Saturday night we have a dinner that’s catered or put on by the hosts.”

Socializing and playing table games also are popular activities at rallies. And, over its 20-year history, the chapter has enjoyed some memorable outings. They have toured a yarn factory; gone to air shows; attended a dinner theater; and visited a train museum, artist studios, historical sites, a wood-pellet factory, and even a foundry that fabricates parts for out-of-production locomotives and train cars. Not every rally includes an outing, but rally planners do keep the possibilities in mind.

This group also has its share of members who can help new motorhome owners. “You learn so much,” John said. “It’s a great excuse to use your motorhome, and these people all have knowledge. If you have a problem, they’ve probably already had it.”

So, consider getting to know this group. After the April Fort Collins rally, other 2014 rallies are planned to take place in Cheyenne and Lingle, Wyoming, and in Akron, Loveland, and Penrose, Colorado. For more details, check FMCA’s Association Calendar in FMC magazine or online at FMCA.com.

This chapter has approximately 30 member families and would welcome you, too. Chapter dues are $10 per person per year and include a newsletter. For more information, contact the Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622; chapters@fmca.com.

If you would like your chapter to be featured in Chapter Spotlight, send an e-mail to magazine@fmca.com.

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