Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NEA NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT:

July 5, 2017

Dear Members of the Northeast Area:

The following report updates the results from the Northeast Area Nominating Committee.

2017 PROPOSED SLATE OF OFFICERS:

Election was held for the President/National Area Vice President position with Barbara Smith being elected.

The following current officers are not up for election:
  • Senior Vice President:             Lou Snow
  •  Secretary:                                Donna Merlino
  •  Treasurer:                               James Sennett
  • Vice President:                        Donnie Osterhout
  • Vice President:                        Harley Soulia

The following position is running for re-election at the Annual Meeting, August 5, 2017 for a 2 year term:
Vice President:                        John Traphagan 

The following persons are running for one Vice President position and nominations from the floor will be accepted during the Annual Meeting.
Vice President:                        Robert Townsend
Vice President:                        Thomas Ziobrowski

There will be a vote during the Annual Meeting.

Nominating Committee:
  • Tom Roule                   585-739-9074             (email: troule@aol.com)
  • Tom Ziobrowski          518–857–2007              (email: z8iggy@aol.com)
  • Harley Soulia               802-236-7881              (email: hsoulia@aol.com)

If you or someone you know is interested in one of the positions, please notify Tom Roule, Tom Ziobrowski or Harley Soulia by email or phone as soon as possible.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Roule, Nominating Committee Chairman

July 5, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Please check your NEAR Welcome letter

An error was found on the welcome letter in the confirmation packet that said general parking was August 6th, but the correct arrival date is Thursday, August 3rd. Please note that general parking begins on Thursday, August 3rd..

Best Regards,
Jenn Eckles
Event Coordinator

2017 Nominating Committee

The Northeast Area nominating committee is looking for more officers. The election will be held during the Northeast Area Rally - August 3rd through 6th.

If you are interested in running, please contact one (or all) of the following:
- Tom Roule (email: troule@aol.com)
-  Harley Soulia: (email: hsoulia@aol.com)
- Tom Ziobrowski: (email: z8iggy@aol.com)

Please send a resume with your qualifications, background, chapter affiliations, etc to any of the above or our area secretary at:
neafmcasecretary@gmail.com)


PLEASE HELP! You are the area's greatest asset.


Tom Roule
President, Fingerlakers
Chairman, Nominating Committee

NEAR news from our secretary

Just a quick note to remind you about a few things in regards to our
upcoming 2017 Northeast Area Rally & RV Show - We Love New York,
August 3-6.

PROGRAM BOOK - CHAPTER ADs: I want to thank those Chapters that
have sent in an AD for our Program Book. We really appreciate your
support.  Your ADs and any that we solicit from businesses, vendors
and etc. are what make your Program Book possible.

For those Chapters that have not submitted an AD as of yet, there is
still time to get your AD in the book. I have listed below the AD
prices for your convenience. Send your AD to Bob Mills -
fourwindsbob@gmail.com by June 23 PH: 613-525-9970 CELL: 813-395-3679*

*Make your check payable to: Northeast Motorhome Association and mail
to: Tom Ziobrowski, 23 Main St., Rexford NY 12148*

AD COSTS: Full Page (7â€x10â€) - Color - $200

1/2 Page (7"x5") - B&W - $75 Color - $125

1/4 Page (3.5"x5") - B&W - $50 Color - $75

Business Card Size - (3.5â x2.25) B&W - $35 Color - $25

CHAPTER FAIR: Please give some thought to participating in our Chapter
Fair this year. It is a great way to gain new members, see what you
are about, where you are from and what your Chapter has to offer. We
will be awarding the "Best Chapter Display" again this year with a
nice prize that will be announced at entertainment. Show the Northeast
Area how proud you are of your chapter and gain some new members /friends along the way.

CRAFT/SEWING CLASSES: Don't forget to bring your sewing machine if you
like quilting, sewing and crafts as we have a couple of fun classes
you will definitely want to take advantage of. More info regarding the
sewing classes will be included in your Confirmation Packets after you
register.

DINOSAUR BARBEQUE: You must purchase your ticket for the barbeque
dinner when you register. We may have a limited number of extra
tickets available for those that did not pre-register. Check at the
Registration Table that will be located in the Horticulture Building.

EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS: There are 2 openings for VP on the Board
this term. If you or someone you know may be interested please
contact: Tom Roule troule@aol.com 585-739-9074. Voting to take place
at our Annual Business Meeting during the rally.

You can always find information regarding the Northeast Area at our
website nmafmca.org or this blog https://www.blogger.com

A rally registration form is available at our website as well as
contact information for the Executive Board. If you have questions,
concerns or ideas please do not hesitate to contact a board member.

Safe travels,

Donna Merlino, Secretary

NEA Executive Board

Thursday, June 1, 2017

NEAR Election Update

As you may know, Barbara Smith has volunteered and been elected President of the Northeast Area.

At this time, we are looking for more volunteers to run for offices to help Barbara. Current officers have indicated they want to stay on, but we lost one and there is room if folks want to run for a position. We are reaching out to presidents, national directors and alternate national directors to ask yourselves and your members if they might be interested in being an officer.

Tom Ziobrowski (our outgoing president) has indicated we have some challenges. To quote:

“Northeast is going to have some serious issues headed down the road. From participation to support.”

We don’t have to look far to realize that some of us older folks may have to do the job until we recruit some younger help. (For example: I dictated this to my son’s 17 year old cat who can touch type - LOL).

Bottom line: it’s fun, a little work, no pay and we do it with friends – that equals- definition of volunteer. PLEASE JOIN US.

Elections will be at the Northeast Area Rally August 3-6.

If you are interested in running, please contact one (or all) of the following:
- Tom Roule (email: troule@aol.com)
- Harley Soulia: (email: hsoulia@aol.com)
- Tom Ziobrowski: (email: z8iggy@aol.com)

We can get you the necessary applications. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Friday, March 24, 2017


Every year, for many years folks from the Northeast gather in January or February in Florida for lunch.
This February, our get together was at the Golden Corral in Winter Haven, FL. This year Dan and Carol Begy hosted and organized the get together. Carol had a hip replacement 2 weeks before, and was healing well.
 
We came from Pen-NY Mixers, Fingerlakers and other NY members now in Florida as well as guests. 

Former president of the Northeast Area, Jean Pryor also joined.

Many arrived before 1 pm and stayed past 3. There were lots of stories and the buffet gave everyone a nice variety.



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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Continental to Partner with FMCA

FMCA logo
                                                          - Enhancing
                                                          the Motorhome
                                                          Lifestyle!
Continental Tire logo - another tire option for FMCA members

FMCA Adds Continental Option to Member Tire Program


FMCA has partnered with Continental Tire to give members like you more choices when purchasing motorhome tires.

For tire prices and step-by-step instructions on how to buy tires through this new program, please visit our Continental Tire Program page.

From driveway to highway and all places in between, FMCA puts members in the driver's seat with tire purchasing programs.

Signature
                                                          - Penny
                                                          Gortemiller
Penny Gortemiller
Director, FMCA Member Services

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chandler, AZ Northeast Area Meeting

There will be a meeting of Northeast attendees in Chandler, AZ hosted by Tom Ziobrowski, NEA President. All are welcome.

Date and time: FRIDAY MARCH 3rd. 12:45

Location:
SEMINAR 3
Sonoran Tent SOUTH

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Joint Florida Get together

Many folks from the Northeast Area spend part of the winter in Florida. We have had an annual get together for almost 20 years down there where more than 50 folks have attended. Many are present and past residents of the Northeast Area.

This year, Dan and Carol Begy have made reservations for our February luncheon. The date is February 25th.

Below are the details.

Location:

Golden Corral
5722 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, Florida 33884

Phone: 863 324 5600
Date: 2/25/17, Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM

Please let Dan know if you plan to attend by February 20. So, he has idea of the count. Below are his phone numbers and email.

Cell Phone: 585-316-0720

We look forward to seeing you.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 Summer events

Many of us have only seen only 2 days of sun during the 27 days of January. So, it's not hard to dream about summer events. This year we have a couple special ones.
First: 
There is the 4 Chapter joint rally during Harborfest in Oswego, NY. It is during the last week of July. Below are some details. Click on the image to view full screen.
Second:
In the following week (first week of August), we head a few miles down the road to the NY State fairgrounds for the FMCA Northeast Area Rally.
Below is a note from Tom Ziobrowski, President of the Northeast, area describing some to the activities.
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Above are TABS with applications for each rally. Please check them out.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Niagara Frontier Travelers Celebrate 40 years

The Niagara Frontier Travelers Chapter celebrated their 40th anniversary during the 3rd weekend in October. Members, past members, and guests from the Northeast Area, including Northeast Area Treasurer Jim and Pat Sennett attended.
President Dan Gregorio presided over the festivities.
The rally at the East Aurora Fireman's Field near Buffalo, New York was presented with great weather.

Congratulations!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Susquenango 2016 Rally

Fire Dance
Fire Dabancing
For many years, the Susquenango Chapter has hosted the multi-Chapter "Biggest Little Rally In the Northeast" on the Susquehanna River Labor Day weekend. Many times attendance has exceeded 100 coaches.
Attached are couple pictures Tom Ziobrowski took at the rally.


Classic Car Museum

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FMCA members having fun

Tom Ziobrowski shared the following from folks of the Capitol Chapter of the Eastern Area as they have fun traveling around.

Below is a summary or their chapter
CAPITOL is one of the oldest chapters in the Eastern area; having received their charter in 1969. Their member base is about 125 member coaches. Members live in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Weekend rallies are held in the same states and are usually attended by 20-25 coaches. Special tours and games are scheduled for children and adults enjoy social hours with snacks, sharing meals and a variety of games. Their rally fee, excluding campsite expenses, is kept to a minimum. News and rally information is published in their monthly newsletter, Coach Trails. Dues are $15 per year and new members order and pay an additional amount for their name badges. New members are welcome. Hats, visors, shirts and jackets with the chapter logo are available to the members.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Thank You !!!!

A Big Thank You from Tom & Connie Ziobrowski,   
President & National VP for the Northeast Area of FMCA
           Hi to each and every one of you who either volunteered or were an attendee at the 94th International FMCA Convention in West Springfield MA.
          Your hard work and time made this convention a fun filled event for everyone.
         I want to mention many Connie & I are so appreciative to, the office staff from Cincinnati Ohio, all the National Officers who traveled across the USA and Canada to come to West Springfield MA.                
        The Northeast Board and ALL the Chapters, Committee Captains, Guest, Dealers, Vendors, Hale support staff, our SPONSORS, the Great States Exposition Staff and so many more that helped out in so many ways. How impressive. Seminars, Display Units, Vendors Entertainment, Tours, the Ice Cream Social, Ladies Social, Youth Program, and the list of things many of you commented on, WOW is the only word I can think of to say THANK YOU EVERYONE.
         Hope to see you many of you next year, August 3-6, 2017 at the Northeast Area Rally as we move to Syracuse New York,
                              THE NEW YORK STATE FAIRGROUNDS
                                  Follow our website for full details
                                               NMAFMCA.ORG
Respectfully, Tom & Connie Ziobrowski,

President/National VP for the Northeast Area FMCA   

Monday, August 15, 2016

NMA meeting

Just a couple highlights from the Northeast Area Meeting, August 6th.

The following candidates we nominated by the committee and elected during the NMA meeting. 
  • Senior Vice President:       Lou Snow
  •  Vice President:                   Donnie Osterhout
  •  Vice President:                   Harley Soulia
  •   Secretary:                           Donna Merlino
  •  Treasurer:                           James Sennett
Congratulations and thank you for serving
Nomnating committee:
  • Tom Roule
  • Bob Mills
  • Harley Soulia
By previous meeting standards, it was a quiet and orderly meeting.
c

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Latest from the Donna Merlino, NMA Secretary


Message from NEA Executive Board


Please share this email with your chapter members ASAP.  It is vital that these emails be passed on to your chapters in a timely manner to let them know what is happening in your Area.   They also contain a great deal of information regarding the upcoming 94th Family Reunion being held in West Springfield MA – August 3-6, 2016. 
Thank you for your cooperation.
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SAD NEWS TO REPORT:
We were notified by home office on June 27 that Jim Smith, passed away at his home in New Port Richey, Florida.  Jim was our Northeast Area Vice President from 1987-1992.  He served on the FMCA Review Council 1985-1986 and again from 1992-1996, serving as Chairman in 1992.  He also served on the Membership/Member Services Committee from 1987-1992.
The NEA Executive Board sends their condolences to the Smith family at this time.  We also ask that all NEA Chapters and their members keep the Smith family in your thoughts and prayers.
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AREA CAUCUSES & GATHERINGS IN MA:
Below are the dates/times & locations for the Area Caucuses and Area Gatherings to be held in MA.  Please try to attend if at all possible.  OUR ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT OUR AREA GATHERING TO BE HELD ON SAT. AUGUST 6, 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., MALLORY BUILDING, SEMINAR ROOM #3.
Caucuses – Monday, August 1
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              INTO Area – Seminar 8
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              NORTHEAST AREA – SEMINAR 3
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Northwest Area – Seminar 4
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Western Area – Seminar 6
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Eastern Area – Seminar 8
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Midwest Area – Seminar 9
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Great Lakes Area – Seminar 10
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              South East Area – Seminar 11
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              South Central – Seminar 12
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Rocky Mountain – Seminar 13
Area Gatherings – Saturday, August 6
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              INTO Area – Seminar 8
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              South East Area – Seminar 1
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Great Lakes Area – Seminar 2
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              NORTHEAST AREA – SEMINAR 3 (ANNUAL MEETING)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Northwest Area – Seminar 4
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Western Area – Seminar 6
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Eastern Area – Seminar 8
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Midwest Area – Seminar 9
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              South Central – Seminar 12
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Rocky Mountain – Seminar 13
The National Director and the Chapter President from each Chapter (in the absence of the National Director the Alternate National Director will act as the National Director) have voting rights at the Annual Meeting.  If your Chapter is going to be represented by a Temporary Delegate a written notice must be given to the NEA Secretary, Donna Merlino by end of day Thurs., August 4 with the name(s) of your Temporary Delegate(s) that will be attending the Annual Meeting to be held on Sat., August 6.  This written notice must be signed by the Chapter’s President to be valid.  Although, Donna would appreciate notice be given sooner rather than later by contacting her via email at neafmcasecretary@gmail.com or by phone at (h) 607-627-7009 or (c) 607-316-3784.
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NEA NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT:
July 1, 2016
Dear Members of the Northeast Area:
The following is the report from the Northeast Area Nominating Committee:
2016 PROPOSED SLATE OF OFFICERS:
These positions are open for re-election at the Annual Meeting, August 6, 2016 for a 2 year term:
All positions are running unopposed at this time but nominations from the floor will be accepted during the Annual Meeting.
  • Senior Vice President:   Lou Snow
  • Secretary:                      Donna Merlino
  • Treasurer:                      James Sennett
  • Vice President:               Don Osterhout
  • Vice President:               Harley Soulia
If you or someone you know is interested in one of the positions, please notify Tom Roule, Bob Mills or Harley Soulia by email or phone as soon as possible.
Elections will be held for the President/National Area Vice President position in Syracuse, August. 2017.  Voting Delegates will be notified by mail through the National Home Office.
The following 2 positions will be open for re-election at the Annual Meeting at our Area Rally, August 2017 in Syracuse, NY:
Vice President:                                 David Ellis
Vice President:                                 John Traphagan
Nominating Committee:      
If you or someone you know is interested in one of the positions, please notify Tom Roule, Bob Mills or Harley Soulia by email or phone as soon as possible.
Respectfully submitted,
Tom Roule, Nominating Committee Chairman
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CHAPTER NEWS - COACHES FOR CHRIST:
For those of you that were members of the Chapter, Coaches for Christ (which became inactive recently), our new FMCA National Chaplain, Rev. Jim W. Hollis and his wife will be holding two inspiring Devotional gatherings and an Interdenominational Worship Celebration at West Springfield.
Time and place for these events are:
>>Thursday and Friday Devotional Gatherings - 5:00 p.m. - Seminar Room #10
>>Saturday Celebration of Worship (interdenominational) - 8:00 a.m. - Seminar Room #8
Rev. Hollis is hoping to launch a new FMCA Chapter of Coaches for Christ during this Rally together. Everyone is welcome.  They look forward to seeing you, your family and others in your group for these encouraging experiences!  So please support Rev. Hollis and his wife by joining them at one of these events.
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RALLY REGISTRATION – FREE RAFFLE DRAWING:
This last fall and early spring our Area Vice President, Tom Ziobrowski and his wife Connie worked many hours at various different RV Shows throughout the Northeast promoting FMCA, the NEA and the 94th Reunion at West Springfield.  During those shows 100s of names were gathered for a free registration raffle for the BIG E.  The raffle concluded at the last RV Show that was held in Syracuse, NY at the NYS Fair Grounds in March.  We are happy to announce that the Raffle was awarded at Perry GA to:

Roger & Sue Caiazza
Liverpool, NY

Friday, July 1, 2016

Caucus and Area Gathering dates/times/locations

Below are the dates/times/locations for the Caucuses, to be held on Monday, August 1, and the Area Gatherings, to be held on Saturday, August 6. Let me know if you have any questions.

Caucuses – Monday, August 1

2 :30 PM               -              3 :30 PM               INTO Area Caucus. Seminar 8
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Northeast Area Caucus. Seminar 3
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Northwest Area Caucus. Seminar 4
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Western Area Caucus. Seminar 6
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Eastern Area Caucus. Seminar 8
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Midwest Area Caucus. Seminar 9
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Great Lakes Area Caucus. Seminar 10
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Southeast Area Caucus. Seminar 11
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               South Central Area Caucus. Seminar 12
4 :00 PM               -              5 :00 PM               Rocky Mountain Area Caucus. Seminar 13


Area Gatherings, Saturday, August 6

1:30 p.m.             -              2:30 p.m.             INTO Area Gathering. Seminar 8.
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Southeast Area Gathering. Seminar 1.
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Great Lakes Area Gathering. Seminar 2.
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Northeast Area Gathering. Seminar 3.
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Northwest Area Gathering. Seminar 4.
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Western Area Gathering. Seminar 6..
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Eastern Area Gathering. Seminar 8..
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Midwest Area Gathering. Seminar 9..
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             South Central Area Gathering. Seminar 12.
3:00 p.m.             -              4:00 p.m.             Rocky Mountain Area Gathering. Seminar 13.

Thanks,

Doug Uhlenbrock
Events Manager
FMCA
(800) 543-3622

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Governing Board Officers - 2016-from FMCA



REGISTERED GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER AREA REPORT

6/24/2016

Chapter National Director ALTERNATE NATIONAL DIRECTOR Temporary Delegate

Northeast Area (NEA)






1 ALLO QUEBEC ROLAND GIROUX JEAN POIRIER
2 BUSSIN' BUDDIES RICHARD A BIANCO
3 CAPE CODDERS SUSAN THOMPSON

4 CONSTITUTION CRUISERS


5 COUNTRY COACH NOR'EASTERS NICHOLAS THEISZ
6 EMPIRE STATE DUANE R LINDSEY
7 FINGERLAKERS JOHN PANGBURN RICHARD J ANTEN
8 FRUS. MAES.-NE YANKEE DOODLE DANDIES IRA MILLER BOB HECK
9 GM BUS OWNERS OF NEW ENGLAND
LINDA WILLETTE
10 GMC HERITAGE CRUISERS


11 GMC NOR'EASTERS


12 GRANITE STATERS DICK WHITE STEVE FORD
13 GREEN MOUNTAIN GERALD GAGE STUART FENTON (CANCELLED)
14 HUDSON ISLANDERS
JOHN CALVO
15 HUDSON VALLEY ALLEGROS (ASSOCIATE)


16 JERSEY GEMS RONALD HOPE
17 KNOT FORE BUSSES ONLY


18 LONG ISLANDERS NINA CALVO
19 MAINE WHEELS


20 MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN DAVID BUKER LEO P OUELLETTE
21 METROPOLITAN BILL COLBERT

22 MOHAWK ROAMERS RICHARD SCRANTON BEN NELLIS
23 NATIONAL RV CLUB, NORTHEAST (INACTIVE)


24 NEW YORK CENTRALS BART BARTON STEPHEN K ESSLER
25 NIAGARA FRONTIER TRAVELERS JAN H VAN HARSSEL KENNETH EGGLESTON
26 NORTH EAST PACERS BOB HALLAL HARVEY NOEL
27 NORTHEAST EXPLORERS

CHARLES SMITH
28 NORTHEASTERN MALCOLM E SMITH
29 PAUMANACK JAMES VALENTINE FRANK CALANDRA
30 PEN-NY MIXERS WALTER LINDEN THOMAS R ROULE
31 PERFECT CIRCLE
MALCOLM FISHER
32 SCONE

SAMUEL CHURCHILL
33 SCOTIAN ROAMERS
LARRY MAC INNIS
34 SUSQUENANGO DONNA MERLINO ELIZABETH R OSTERHOUT
35 THOUSAND ISLAND VOYAGEURS D CHRISTINA CHARNEY

36 WILLIE & CO. FAN CLUB PATRICIA KOHL SENNETT
37 YANKEE TRAVELERS BARBARA M SMITH