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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

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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

FMCA Remodel

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FMCA membership number: F377600FMCA members Gary and Linda Van Der Starre

Our current motorhome:
A 43-foot 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bus QRP. We are at 15,000 miles as of 12/08.

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Fun on Wheels

The best thing about our motorhome:
If we like where we are, we stay. If we hate it we move.

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
A 2006 Winnebago View traded at 16,000 miles and a 2006 Itasca Horizon KD traded at 25,000 miles

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We wanted to see ALL of the USA and Canada

Our occupations:
Gary — retired terminal manager. Linda — retired accounts receivable manager.

Children, grandchildren:
Son, Gerry, 13, on the PC for Distance Learning, eighth grade

We travel in our motorhome:
Approximately 12 months of the year. When we’re not motorhoming, we’re four-wheelin’ with our Jeep.

Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Mount Rushmore and San Diego

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip or motorhoming memory:
We call it SCARY ROAD! Utah on route 261 between Natural Bridges National Monument and Mexican Hat, Utah. DO NOT try it with a 43-foot motorhome.

Our dream motorhome trip:
Alaska and the Canadian Rockies via the Alcan Highway (we leave in July ’09)

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Easy side roads with lots of scenery

Our worst motorhoming experience:
The awning fell out when Gary and Gerry were at 60 mph on the way to a train show. Climbing up the ladder with bungee cords to fasten it caused nightmares.

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
People in a rush driving too fast! Stay in your lane!

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
Extra mud flaps, roll-out cabinet drawers in the kitchen (you can tell who suggested each!)

If we could change one thing about our motorhome:
With three people aboard, we need two powder rooms.

Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
You need less “stuff.” Do not over pack.

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Do not turn until your hips reach the lane line you wish to turn into. You’ll never drag wheels over the curb again!

Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Get an 8 X 10 magnifying sheet and place it on the right lower corner of the passenger door window to be able to see your blind spot.

Our hobbies:
Gary and Gerry do rail fanning (train watching). I [Linda] l Love meeting people.

Favorite restaurant:
Lambert Cafe, home of the “Throwed Rolls,” in Sikeston and Ozark, Mo., and Foley, Ala.

A celebrity we admire:
John Wayne

Something others would be surprised to know about us:
We have traveled by RV to 48 states and have been to all 50.

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose is:
Wal-Mart, because you can shop there and sleep there, too.

Favorite campground:
Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md. It’s THE place to stay while seeing Washington, D.C.

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
In Rochester, N.Y., where we're originally from: the Eastman Theatre and High Falls Brewery. Other sites: Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen State Park and Toronto, Canada.

Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Water, iced tea, fruit and witch hazel for boo-boos.

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Take a driving/ safety seminar and buy from a manufacturer/dealer who can provide service.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2008 four-door, six-speed Jeep Wrangler Sahara Edition with four-wheel-drive. We tow it with a Blue Ox system and Blue Ox brake unit.

Pets that travel with us:
Starr the wonder dog. She’s a 2-year-old black Lab mix.

When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
Facebook, Yahoo, MSN, FMCA, Camping World, All Things Jeep

A technical or travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Use your GPS AND a map.

We joined FMCA because:
The camaraderie and information at the rallies is wonderful.

Other FMCA members may contact us via e-mail:
Lindavds@yahoo.com
Garybtt@msn.com

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