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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. That's true! 00
  8. That's a good idea to build inclusion for those members unable to attend. We had FMCA staff and some bloggers taking pictures and videos at Indy but I haven't seen much of what they captured yet. FMCA is getting better at social media and videos on line. The ENNERGIZED Group also post active stuff on their Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fmcau60taskforce/ In my prior occupation we would have live feeds from the convention floor so those not there could observe the business of the association.
  9. I wasn't in the room but from what I've heard there was a discussion amongst national directors (one for each chapter allowed no idea how many were represented) about what a recreational vehicle is not if this should proceed. It seemed apparent that allowing towables was a done deal for the national directors as it has been sold as do or die. I found out only about 30% of FMCA's 72,000 active members are in chapters and thus even represented in our governing board. That means over 50,000 members choose not to be in a chapter. It looks like Into has only formed 3 new chapters since 2011. Many more have folded for INTO. So how do we reach the other 50,000 members? The Chapter/National Director structure of the governing board needs to be changed to be representative of the membership. Not just the old guard that are in chapters as that would not be inclusive to those who are not. Something for the Long Range Planning Commottee to tackle. I'm not in a chapter so to date I've had no vote. I will vote no. I think it's the wrong solution to increasing membership. It sacrifices our mission statement of our founders and I don't believe it's the only solution to increasing membership.
  10. What issue/page?. I'm on the road.
  11. So if I put F252125 on a ballot with your name on it would you mind if I voted for you;). Just sayin
  12. How many members are aware of the proposed change? I was surprised to hear only 30% of the 72,000 members are represented by chapters/national directors. Makes sense though. Chapters are mainly older established groups. Maybe an announcement of the upcoming vote on fmca social media would help spread the word of the question being asked.
  13. The board is meeting in Indy at 9:30 today. Let's poll on allowing towables I am a no
  14. Check out FMCA ENERGIZED and our plans for Indy. Bring your bike and cocktail glass
  15. If your signed up for Indy and are either on the ENERGIZED Task Force or requested ENERGIZED information as part of your registration you should have received two emails regarding our ENERGIZED stuff. Shirts, pub cycle, bicycle trip etc. These emails about Indy will come from FMCAmailchimp.com so check your junk mail it might have caught it. If you didn't get the info and think you should have mail fmcaenergized@gmail.com. To get added to the email list email Kathy at kanderson@fmca.com Attached is what the shirts will look like for us. They are $14 and must be ordered by Monday in order to get them printed and sent to the rally. Detailed sizing links are in the previous post and the mail chimp email