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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.

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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Motorhome travelers Pat and Mike St. ClairFMCA membership number: F409720 (we joined in 2009)

Our current motorhome:
2000 Beaver Contessa 40'

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Big, smooth, comfortable

The best thing about our motorhome: Comfortable

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
1968 Chevrolet conversion van

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We plan to go full-time in 2012.

Our occupations:
Mike: retired government. Pat: soon to be a retired teacher.

Children, grandchildren:
We have one son, one daughter and one granddaughter.

We travel in our motorhome:
Approximately two months of the year.

When we’re not motorhoming we’re:
At home getting ready to go motorhoming

Our favorite motorhoming destinations: USA

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip: Ohio 2009

Our “dream” motorhome trip:
Start at the "end” U.S. highway 1 sign in Key West, Fla., and drive to the other "end" U.S. highway 1 sign in Fort Kent, Maine.

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Getting there

Our worst motorhoming experience:
Having no hot water

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
No hot water

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
Replace carpet and couch

If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
Another slideout

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Be safe.

Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Research, research, research

FMCA members' Beaver Contessa motorhomeOur hobbies:
Motorcycle, reading, computer games

Favorite restaurant:
Any with food

Favorite campground:
Cedarbrook Campground, Lebanon, Ohio
Apache Flats Famcamp,  Fort Huachuca, Ariz

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Get ideas here: www.kansasphototour.com

Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling: Drinks

What’s the best motorhoming advice you’ve ever received:
Research, research, research

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Research, research, research

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2005 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, four wheels down using a tow bar

When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
FMCA forums, Escapees forums, Army MWR, military campground reviews

A travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Don't rush.

We joined FMCA because:
To meet likeminded people

FMCA chapter that we belong to:
Kansas Twisters (www.kansastwisters.net)

Other comments:   
I (Mike) entered the U.S. Army in 1969 and retired from the Air National Guard in 1990. After leaving active duty in 1978 I attended the University of Texas El Paso and realized I wasn't cut out for the college thing. We moved to Nebraska, where I worked as a truck driver hauling produce from California east. This work didn't leave much for a family life, so I got a job as a machinist. This got boring, so I hired on as chief of police (village marshal) until Pat completed her degree. We moved to Concordia, Kansas, where I hired on with the police department. This didn't work out -- too much politics. I found a position with the Kansas Air national Guard as an aircraft technician (I maintained my military time with the Nebraska and Kansas Army National Guard). After retiring from the National Guard I went to work for the U.S. Air Force as a Quality Assurance Specialist - Aircraft (QAS) at Boeing. After a number of transfers of duty positions, reorganizations, mergers and finally an agency designation, I retired from contract management in 2007. I did finish my associate’s degree in Quality Auditing and earned certification as a Certified Quality Auditor in 1990.

As for Pat, the poor woman had the misfortune to marry me in 1973 while living in Germany with her parents. She followed Mike around from post to post until finally ending up in Nebraska, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska. Pat was hired by the school district in Concordia, Kansas. After one year she followed Mike down to Wichita. She was hired to teach special education in Rose Hill. Pat did this for four years and went to work for Rose Hill Schools, teaching fifth grade. She has since taught third, fourth and ninth grades, earning a Teacher of the Year award in the process. Pat will be able to retire when I hit the lottery or 2012, whichever occurs first.

Now I want to take Pat all over the country in a motorhome. After I retired we bought a 2000 40-foot Beaver Contessa motorhome and started to seriously make plans to full-time in it.

Other FMCA members may contact us at: Bandit23ce@live.com (put FMCA in the subject line).

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