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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

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FMCA membership number: F367924 (we joined in 2005)FMCA members Jim and Jane Galbavy

Our current motorhome:
A 1973 GMC Canyonlands, 26-foot. Her name is “Annie.” It’s our first motorhome.

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Affordable, comfortable, maneuverable

The best thing about our motorhome:
Given the size of our GMC, it can take us almost anywhere.

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We like to travel and tour, and our GMC motorhome makes it possible to do it on our schedule.

Our occupations:
Jim: retired U.S. Army. Jane: homemaker.

Children:
We have one daughter, Jennifer.

When we’re not motorhoming, we’re:
Home. We take three to four two- to three-week trips a year plus attend rallies with other GMC motorhome clubs throughout the year.

Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Mount Dora, Fla.

Our “dream” trip:
New England and Canada

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
No traffic, no breakdowns, no accidents and no glare

Our worst motorhoming experience:
August in Florida with one roof air conditioner and no shade

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Drivers who think you can stop on a dime and/or pull out in front of you.

The best alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
We extended the kitchen cabinet and countertop.

If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
More storage

Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
Winterizing

When driving the motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Plan your routes in advance (when you can) and make your turns wide.

Advice for other motorhome owners:
Slow down and enjoy the trip.

Our hobbies:
Jim: golf, motorcycles and genealogy. Jane: reading, crosswords, jigsaws, genealogy, home improvements.

Favorite restaurant:
Vincent’s Italian Restaurant in Mount Dora, Fla.

A celebrity we admire:
George Clooney for his humanitarian work in Darfur

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice:
We’d choose Target.

Favorite campground:
Noccalula Falls Campground, Gadsden, Ala.
Endless Caverns Campgrounds, New Market, Va.

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Chesterfield is a suburb of Richmond, Va. In Richmond, visit: Lewis Center Botanical Gardens, Maymont Park, the Children’s Museum of Richmond and the numerous Civil War sites. Also in Virginia: Blue Ridge Parkway, Chesapeake Bay, Jamestown and Yorktown.

Items that we always keep in our motorhome refrigerator while traveling:
Eggs, string cheese, salad “fixings” and fruit

Our advice to new motorhome owners:
Set a budget. Watch your coach’s gross weight. Live your dreams.

Pets who travel with us:
Two Boston terriers: Missie and Yogi, named for my (Jim’s) childhood hero, Yogi Berra.

When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
Too many to list

A technical tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Don’t over or under inflate your tires. Also, don’t over or under fill your coach’s fluids.

We joined FMCA because:
FMCA underwrites our international, regional and local GMC motorhome clubs.

FMCA chapters that we belong to:
GMC Tidewater Crabs – president, past vice president and FMCA national director
GMC Dixielanders
GMC Eastern States
GMC Motorhomes International

Other comments:
We are hoping to make the FMCA convention in Bowling Green, Ohio, in July 2009. Bowling Green means a lot to me (Jim). This was my mother’s hometown and I spent many summers there as a child. We’ll be able to connect with family and see how the town has changed.

Other members may contact use via e-mail: j.galbavy@att.net

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