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Author Topic: FMCA.. what is it ? how to join ? thanks, Mike  (Read 4533 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2007, 05:25:57 AM »

As a conversion owner wannabe, I tried to join the MCI chapter of FMCA, only to be told I couldn't join a specific chapter unless I belonged to FMCA.  Couldn't belong to FMCA unless I owned a motorhome.  So much for learning what I could from folks who already own MCIs...other than on this BB!

    Perhaps FMCA has changed their policy, but it used to be you could join without a coach as an associate member, changing to a family member when you purchased a coach. That was back in 99'.  Also, I beleive the MCI chapter is an "International" chapter holding most of their rallies before or after the 2-3 big national FMCA rallies.
   Dennis, if you want to see some nice conversions and friendly Busnuts, come over to Myrtle Beach Travel Parl May 17-22 for the Converted Coaches of the Eastern Area rally.  Jack
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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2007, 07:31:39 AM »

I agree with Jack.  I think you can become an associate member of FMCA.

Although the MCI chapter only holds a couple of rallies, it is a good chapter.  There is also CVC - Converted Coach Chapter.

Postives
- There are many benefits in FMCA like others have point-out.
-  The rallies provide a reason to use your coach and take-in some distant destinations.
-  I personally like the magazine.

Negatives
- In my opinion, the rally entertainment has deteriorated over the years.
-  I have found bus people to generally be great.  In a large organization like FMCA in total, there are some who are arrogant or rude.
-  There are a lot of politics goingon in the management of FMCA. 
The last 2 are the biggest negatives for club that calls itself a "Family Organiztion".

All in all, I plan to remain a member.

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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2007, 12:21:30 PM »

In my opinion, the rally entertainment has deteriorated over the years.
-  I have found bus people to generally be great.  In a large organization like FMCA in total, there are some who are arrogant or rude.
-  There are a lot of politics goingon in the management of FMCA. 
The last 2 are the biggest negatives for club that calls itself a "Family Organiztion".


    I agree Ed, If it is the FAMILY Motor Coach Association, Why are there rallies on major rallies on weekdays, when children are in school? 
    We are members of FMCA and 3 bus conversion chapter (SE Cruisers, Converted Coaches of the Eastern Area, and SE BusNuts.  All members of these 3 chapters are very friendly "down to earth" people, but we have met some real arrogant, rude snobs.  Jack
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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2007, 06:21:29 PM »

ive wondered about all this myself.....the previous owner of my bus was a member; i went to Busin USA in Rickerall, OR last year, and met some people in both catagories mentioned, but mostly real nice people ( well at least the ones I spent MY time with) and I picked up a converted coach chapter application thing, and still have it.still wondering if it is worth the $ or if its jsut the plaque that is the main thing......i am still wondering...i know it seems to have up's to doing itin theory, but i cant lay my finger on rather its right for me or not, .............
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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2007, 07:49:44 PM »

Yeah, those plaques are another thing that seems to say "Look at Me, I'm Special".
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« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2007, 06:38:46 AM »

Hay Guy's,

There are alot of us bus guy's that have chapters in FMCA like Jack Conrad and others.

Here are some we belong to in the northeast.

KNOT FORE BUSSES ONLY 

SCOPE:  New Jersey
CHARTERED:  12/15/1983
OFFICERS: 

KATHI HENDRIKSEN
 F74765
 Pres.
 
TOM HENDRIKSEN
 F74765
 VP
 
HOLLY STIVALY
 F9677S
 Secy.
 
VICTOR STIVALY
 F9677S
 Treas.
 
VIOLEENE FAGERLUND
 F261494
 Nat'l. Dir.
 
ROBERT CALDO
 F331598
 Alt. Nat'l. Dir.
 
HOLLY STIVALY
 F9677S
 Newsletter Editor
 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
 
Kathi Hendriksen
17 Seville Drive
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-477-8630
Email: kathomq@comcast.net
 


GM BUS OWNERS OF NEW ENGLAND 

SCOPE:  New England
CHARTERED:  4/12/1997
OFFICERS: 

WILLIAM CATANESYE
 F4031D
 Pres.
 
MARK WILLETTE
 F222734
 VP
 
MICHELLE CATANESYE
 F4031D
 Secy.
 
MICHELLE CATANESYE
 F4031D
 Treas.
 
WILLIAM L BAXTER
 F162523
 Nat'l. Dir.
 
LINDA WILLETTE
 F222734
 Alt. Nat'l. Dir.
 
WILLIAM CATANESYE
 F4031D
 Newsletter Editor
 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
 
William Catanesye
127 Heath Brook Drive
Acton, ME 04001
Phone: 207-636-3842
Email: billcat@metrocast.net


20TH CENTURY WAGONTRAINERS 
Web Site:  http://tcw20cent.homestead.com/
 

SCOPE:  New Jersey and surrounding area
CHARTERED:  3/2/1966
OFFICERS: 

RICHARD J RUSSO
 F249341
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MATTHEW HOELZEL
 F198186
 VP
 
DOLLY CONWAY
 F7720
 VP
 
JACK HORNOR
 F312134
 VP
 
CHARLOTTE LAWYER
 F160324
 Secy.
 
MYRNA PATTERSON
 F225153
 Treas.
 
HELEN CASERTA
 F101979
 Nat'l. Dir.
 
JACK K PETERS SR
 F163677
 Alt. Nat'l. Dir.
 
JACK K PETERS SR
 F163677
 Newsletter Editor
 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
 
Richard Russo
29 Serpentine Drive E
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: 732-269-0170
Email: tcw20centmail@aol.com


CONVERTED COACHES OF THE EASTERN AREA 
Web Site:  http://www.rvweb.net/club/fmcaccea/index.htm
 

SCOPE:  Eastern Area
SPECIAL INTEREST:  Private Converted Coach owners of FMCA
CHARTERED:  10/9/1999
OFFICERS: 

CARSON CHRISTIAN
 F213302
 Pres.
 
EARL BONNELL
 F231105
 VP
 
JAN LASSITER
 F252631
 Secy.
 
CAROL M WARTHAN
 F122783
 Treas.
 
GENE BOWER
 F44287
 Nat'l. Dir.
 
STEVE STEPHENSON
 F142636
 Alt. Nat'l. Dir.
 
ALAN BAKER
 F27226
 Newsletter Editor
 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
 
Alan Baker
110 Don Juan Circle
Yorktown, VA 23693
Phone: 757-596-8834

 

 

 
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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2007, 08:07:48 PM »

I would like to know what is the racial differences of the many bus-nut clubs?Huh?
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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2007, 05:00:10 AM »

I can only speak for the 3 bus conversion clubs that I belong to, but we welcome ALL busnuts. Only reqirements are FMCA membership (this is an FMCA requirement) and chapter requirements. Chapter requirements vary but either require at least a partial ownership of a bus conversion or an associate membership if you do not own a bus conversion.  Jack
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« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2007, 09:48:33 AM »

I belong to FMCA, I think it is great but mainly as a parent orginazation for the local chapters.

The FMCA carries the insurance coverage that allows the local chapters to put on rallies without the worries of someone getting hurt and suing a small local and its officers.

The FMCA is a nationwide magazine that acts as a calender for all the local events.

The FMCA requires that if you have a local chapter outing, all FMCA members are allowed to attend, this opens up fellowship as you are traveling the country, there are dozens and dozens of rallies each weekend during the summer months.

The FMCA has dozens and dozens of different types of chapters from singles, to habitat for humanity, to BUS NUTS, retirees, or just regional, just about anyone that enjoys companionship should be able to fit in somewhere with FMCA.

The FMCA publishes a membership directory that will help you keep track of people that you have met at the various outings.

The FMCA publishes a directory of garages that will work on your coach all over the country.

I agree the magazine is full cheap advertisements, but all in all, it would be hard or impossible for the local chapters to exist without something or someone acting as a parent organization. I don't think the FMCA wants to be anything other than what it is right now. There is no way an organazation can be everything to everybody, it may have slipped from what it was years ago, but nothing stays the same forever. I think they had to evolve in order to survive.

AND, the dues are cheap, so for all of the above, its worth it for me.

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« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2007, 01:24:52 PM »

When I first staretd RVing, I tried to join, so I could learn more about everything.  I had a fifth wheel toybox at the time.  They reserached it, and called me to say theywerer refunding my $ - They didn't want me unless i had a motorhome.  pretty irritiating at the time.
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« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2007, 04:35:01 PM »

Hi Jim,

Even though you had a fith wheel, you could still purchace a subcription to the mag.

It's just that FMCA stands for "Family Motor Coach Association" and thats why you couldn't join in the club at that time.

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