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  1. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    That statement would be true if membership were to remain low which it has not. Jon just announced an increase of almost 5% over last Fiscal Year This would seem to resolve the presumed "financial problems" of the club Exhibit B from the sales package (photo below) assumed a whopping 32% increase in the cost of ASSIST This increase was projected based on one quarter of membership data 3 Months! Since we had an increase in membership and not the projected decrease...the projected cost need to be updated and republished for the current vote Additionally it would appear we bought Assist even though we had to dip into Investment Funds to buy it when it was $4.32 While on the subject of these exhibits presented. What is exhibit A intended to show with revenue per member at $62.26?
  2. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    If that is true would someone please vote no and sign their envelope and annotate their F number. One to nothing is better than nothing to one.
  3. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    So at first I thought this was a done deal. Then I noticed quite a few no votes and negative support on social media so I thought it might be closer. But you raise another angle. Chapters will drive the vote as they gather and mail in bulk. Most chapters will carry Charlie's message of if we don't do this we will go under. So I now believe it will pass overwhelmingly. There is a large (66%) population that do not belong to chapters but those that do will dominate the vote. What was the feeling at your chapter meeting? For or against?
  4. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Napa? Sounds like a good place for an ENERGIZED Gathering!
  5. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Manholt you may have forgotten about the associate member but your post alluding a changed magazine in December appears to be gossip. Harmful gossip. That is not in the interest of the forum or membership As to voter turnout -//. If you do not attend rallys it's likely you don't even know about the vote. So I wouldn't expect more than 3000 votes. Not representative but it is what it is. I don't think national directors are representative either since less than 1/3 belong to chapters. But again it is what it is. Thanks to Chris Smith for clarifying the gossip
  6. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Come on don't tease. What's in it?
  7. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    My first motorhome was a class A. I don't want to push away coach vendors who bring dozens of motorhomes to rallys, push vendors away, waterdown seminars and have a gas generator next to me in a 25' wide spot. I'm not interested in another Escapees or good sams and don't know why we are proposing to toss our niche market 12% motorhomes represents over half our current membership of 73,000. HALF In one year! The purpose of fmca as stated: "The purpose of FMCA is to promote good fellowship and cooperation among all FMCA members, represent motor coach owners as a group and promote their best interests, foster the improvement of motor coaches and recreational facilities, promote effective communication for the common good of members, assist in the formation of chapters, and strive for a high standard of conduct resulting in a favorable public image of FMCA and its members. " I don't believe the chicken little stories about the sky falling and I don't believe in tossing out the Founders purpose as our first, and only, proposed solution. And for those reasons I'm voting no. Not turning my back on anyone. I'll see them at an Escapees/good Sam rally if I so desire.
  8. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Problem is going to fix itself. According to RVIA: "June motorhome shipments are up 10.5% to 3,940 units over last year; paced by strong gains in the Class B and C market. Year-to-date motorhome shipments have reached 36,726 units on 13.6% growth over the 32,337 units shipped during the same time last year." So we have 73,000 motorhomes and are growing again. They shipped 36,000 new ones in the first 6 months of this one year!! I'm a no...just to stay on topic
  9. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    I will say fmca has recently appointed Chris Smith as Executive Director and very recently replaced the Events Manager Chris Lusk with Doug Uhlenbach. Both of these positions now rest with younger very capable people and things are changing. At past conventions getting something different at events was very very difficult. Now...if it can be done it is. Doug's first rally was Indy and he acquired that one very late in the game. I will say I'm impressed with Mr U and his staff.
  10. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    According to RVIA: "Motorhome shipments led by Type C motorhomes, totaled 6,163 units, up 27.5 percent compared to May 2016. Year to date Motorhome shipments ar at 27,610 units, up 15.6 percent compared to this point last year." A side note all towables, led by travel trailers, are at 39,960 year to date. My point is the market for motorhome only members appears to be there. How many members has fmca lost and gained during this time frame?
  11. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Reaching out to the existing motorhome owners who have never heard of FMCA is a solution that would actually increase membership without changing our Founders Focus on Motorhomes. Next time you're in a RV park--- find a motorhome driver without a FMCA oval and ask them if they've heard of FMCA. RVIA reports: "RV shipments for May top 40,000 for the third straight month, staying on record pace". Towables are up by 19.8% over 2016 but motorhomes were up 27.5% So how many of those 6,163 May 2017 motorhome buyers have heard about FMCA yet? If we aren't asking eligible members to join then increasing the pool will not fix the perceived problem. It will only dilute the Founders vision. Let's go all out on our own recruitment before we vote to enter direct competition with Good Sam/Escapees.
  12. Some of you may have heard of the FMCA ENERGIZED Habitat for Humanity build in association with the Lewisburg Rally. We want to provide you with the details in case you are interested in lending a helping hand. We are going to do two separate weeks, the week before and the week after the GEAR Rally. Week A will arrive September 25 by 5pm for a 6:30 meeting and work 9am-4pm September 26-30. Week B will arrive (or stay after the rally) October 9 by 5pm for a 6:30 meeting and work 9am-4pm October 10-14. The fairgrounds (where the Eastern Area Rally is held) is providing full hookup 50 amp service for $15 per night for build volunteers (you must be on the list). A local church will provide us lunches. The minimum age to help with the build is 15. If the children are a little younger, they could help in the church kitchen preparing our lunches. People do not have to have any skills to participate. Our lead, Fred, has worked with groups that were lawyers and doctors that had no experience and it's amazing how quickly people can catch on. If we have people that can't do this type of work, there are other jobs such as cleaning brushes or sweeping, as well as helping in the kitchen with lunches. Or just moral support. There is a large range of projects that are being worked on right now...building from the ground up as well as working on damaged properties...every range of construction. What we do will be determined based on the needs of the community when we get there. The Greater Greenbrier Long-term Recovery Committee is the funding host. They will be supplying all the building materials and tools needed to do the job. If there is a tool needed they will make sure they get it right away for us. If you have a special tool you like to use bring it with you. Due to liability concerns from FMCA we are going to do this build with our FMCA Habitat Chapter. This puts us under the FMCA umbrella and helps our Habitat for Humanity Chapter too. We will have to pay $15 to join the Habitat Chapter for the build but we will make this back with a free cookout at the end of the build and $15 per night for full hookups! Not to mention the fun each evening celebrating our success! For the builds we are going to try to park where we won't have to move (unless you want to) for the rally. To volunteer or if you have any questions please email fmcaenergized@gmail.com If you would like to volunteer and are not already on the list please email us which week or weeks you would like to help with so we can add you to the list. Jeff Walukonis FMCA ENERGIZED Chairman
  13. Allowing Towables Vote At Indianapolis In July

    And Reaching out to the existing motorhome owners who have never heard of FMCA is a solution that would actually increase membership without changing our Founders Focus on Motorhomes. Next time you're in a RV park--- find a motorhome driver without a FMCA oval and ask them if they've heard of FMCA. RVIA reports: "RV shipments for May top 40,000 for the third straight month, staying on record pace". Towables are up by 19.8% over 2016 but motorhomes were up 27.5% So how many of those 6,163 May 2017 motorhome buyers have heard about FMCA yet? If we aren't asking eligible members to join then increasing the pool will not fix the perceived problem. It will only dilute the Founders vision. Let's go all out on our own recruitment before we vote to enter direct competition with Good Sam/Escapees.
  14. Allowing Towables Vote At Indianapolis In July

    Here's a couple threads from another member Had this exchange today with a motor home owner on the Fulltime Families FB group. Their question "What do the motor home owners do for tires? Do you go for the expensive tires like Michelin or Continental or go with cheap overseas tires?" I answered join FMCA, they have huge discounts on Michelin and Continental tires. They then asked "What is FMCA?" This is the problem that FMCA has, if they can't reach motor home owners how are they going to reach the towables? I don't feel like allowing towables is going to give FMCA the membership boost they think it is.
  15. Allowing Towables Vote At Indianapolis In July

    That's true! 00