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When I joined FMCA a couple of years ago, it was because I wanted to be part of an organization that was geared toward motorcoaches. After having owned a few pull behinds, I had joined Good Sam's many years ago. But after I bought my coach, I needed an organization for my type of RV and joined FMCA. When I first heard of the proposal to change FMCA to allow non-motorhomes, I was very much opposed. I'm not a member of any FMCA chapters, and as a fulltimer I get the FMCA magazine online, but rarely look at it. So, it was late in the process when I heard about the change. I did my best to convince my fellow coach owning FMCA members to vote against the proposal to change the core meaning of the organization. And, for what it was worth, just about everyone I spoke with agreed with me that the change was a bad idea, and they also voted NO. Then the results of the vote came in. The numbers were shocking to me. Out of about ~71k members, only ~10k voted. Of the ~10k that voted, about 1/3 agreed with me. That is about 4% of the membership that was thinking like me. 4%. Let that sink in for a moment. Apathy is a sad thing, but those people who didn't vote had ample opportunity. They simply chose to not vote. Of the members who did vote, a resounding majority felt they wanted to change the direction of their club. It's not my club. I don't own it. I am just one member of the whole. So I came to the logical conclusion that the vast majority of the club I belong to wanted a change of direction. How can I be mad at what most of the active membership wants to do? I can't. I just accept it. I am still a part of this club, and this vote won't change that. I just had to accept that what the club decided to do was not what I was expecting, and just because it's not what I wanted, it's not the end of the world. So, I am over my mad. I'm not frothing at the mouth and stomping away in anger. I am at peace again. And I still have my F#, and will probably be joining a chapter soon.
We have all had them, those moments when we are so overjoyed to be motorhome owners and those other moments, the ones where you take a deep breath and ask yourself: "Why did I ever buy this big blasted thing?" Not So Good Coach Moments