Thursday, August 30, 2018

Northeast Area Annual meeting postponed

The Northeast Area annual meeting planned for August 31st has been postponed. There will be further updates after the audit is completed.

Dear Presidents and National Directors,

It has been an honor serving you since I was installed in Indianapolis as the National Vice President, Northeast Area.  Ed and I have especially enjoyed our chapter visits and area gatherings.

Annual Meeting Postponement
In June we sent an annual meeting notice for our meeting on August 31, 2018. Due to unforeseen circumstances, this meeting is postponed until further notice. The reason is that a seven-year audit of the Northeast Area is being performed by a certified accountant. For further details, refer to the July 31, 2018 National Executive Board meeting minutes published in the Governance section on the FMCA website.

Updates from Gillette
The Governing Board approved Minot, North Dakota as the location of the 2019 Summer Convention.
In Gillette there were:
  • 1,753 Total RVs parked at the CAM-PLEX
  • 1,559 Family member RVs
  • 217 Commercial member RVs
  • 150 Exhibitors
  • 13 Sponsors & Manufacturer
  • 71,600 People reached by FMCA's social media channel
  • 1,500 Users on the convention Crowd Compass/Attendee Hub mobile ap
  • 497 First Time Attendees
  • The Supersize Book Club was a big hit.
If you have questions about the postponement or happenings in Gillette, please give me a call.
Barbara M. Smith
Barbara Smith
National Vice President, Northeast Area

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Northeast Area 2018 Annual Meeting

The following is an updated list of candidates from Barbara Smith, NEA VP:
I would like to thank all the candidates for consenting to run for election in 2018.  I would also like to thank the Nominating Committee for their work in providing the slate of officers.

Save the time and date:
The annual meeting for the Northeast Area is by teleconference call on August 31, 2018 at 11:00.
The election will be conducted during the annual meeting per the NEA bylaws.

The slate of officers is a follows:

Louis Snow, running for Sr. VP, unopposed        F201098;
Donnie Osterhout, running for VP, unopposed F229123

Donna Merlino, running for secretary,               F365443
Deb Flattery, running for secretary                     F437041

Resumes will be available in the annual meeting package in the mail soon from the FMCA national office to chapter Presidents and National Directors.

Please call if you have questions.

Barbara Smith
National Vice President, Northeast Area

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NEA Officer elections

Current officers from the Northeast area are interested in running for reelection in 2018. Below is the list:
    Lou Snow - F-201098
                     Sr. VP
    Donna Merlino - secretary
    Don Osterhout  - VP
    Harley Soulia  - VP
    Jim Sennett - Treasurer

If anyone is interested in running for office, contact the nominating committee ASAP:

Terry Metcalfe

Harley Soulia

Tom Ziobrowski

We are not aware of any challengers at this time.

Don't throw it away

FMCA magazine showed up this week. But you might be temped to toss it. Don't! It's now called:

"family RVing"

There were some highlights from the international in Perry, Ga. However, they skipped our Area Vice President and her husband handing out ice cream during the Ice Cream Social. Below is a picture. Ed has the green hat.

Friday, April 13, 2018

FMCA is branching out

Spring has sprung! RVers who have been in winter “hibernation” start to turn their attention to preparing their homes on wheels for the upcoming travel season. Members of FMCA, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based organization for RV owners, are among those making plans for spring and summer travels.
FMCA members look to the association to provide them with benefits and services that enhance their travels. A vote of the membership of this group in late 2017 has made those services and benefits available to a wider audience of RV owners.
Prior to this vote, motorhomes — motorized RVs — had been the focus of the member-owned club, which dates back to 1963.
When asked about FMCA branching out to welcome even more RV owners to its family, FMCA national president Jon Walker said, “We’re excited to be able to use the expertise and knowledge FMCA has developed over the years within the motorhome realm to now serve the needs and interests of owners of all self-contained RVs. After all, the RV lifestyle is more about people than it is about the equipment RVers have chosen for their travels.”
Benefits offered by FMCA include a tire-purchasing program; special member-only rates on roadside assistance, mobile internet plans from Verizon and Sprint, and RV insurance; a monthly magazine in print and digital formats; and the FMCAssist Medical Emergency and Travel Assistance Plan, valued at $105 per family and included in the annual dues.
The cost to join FMCA is just $60 for the first year and $50 per year thereafter. The first-year fee includes a set of membership plates to display on one’s RV. Multiyear dues discounts are available.
FMCA is unique among the major RV clubs, because it is the only one owned and governed by its membership.
To join or to learn more, visit or call (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622.
FMCA is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained recreation vehicles (RVs). The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has more than 75,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine; a medical emergency and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; a tire purchasing program; group rates on a roadside assistance program and on RV and auto insurance; and discounted rates for RV tours and caravans. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of RV travel. The organization can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 and on the web at

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Northeast Area Election - 2018

Once again, it's time to think about our Northeast Area Election. Below is the list of our nominating committee members. 

Those whose term is up have all stated they want to stay on and run for another term. 

The offices are Sr VP, Secretary, Treasurer and Two VP's. 

If any NEA FMCA member is interested in running for a position on the board they are more than welcome to send a resume’ in with their name, address, phone number, Chapter name and F# to the nominating committee.
The NEA secretary will be sending out information to all the NEA CHAPTERS in regards to all this as well.

If someone is interested in running for a board position the sooner they get their resume’ in the better. 

Once all Chapters have been notified and any resumes’ come back after the required time frame, ballots will be made up and sent to the Chapter delegate for voting and send back signed by them with their F# and Chapter name in the self addressed stamped envelope included with their ballot information.

Feel free to contact any of the nominating committee members with any questions you may have.

Terry Metcalfe

Harley Soulia

Tom Ziobrowski

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Vote Results - Towables

FMCA logo header

Hello Committee Members:

I wanted to make everyone aware that the vote passed. It mirrored the Governing Board vote. Approximately 70% of members were in favor, and we received a little under 10,000 votes total.
The first step is for FMCA's attorney, Scott Gilligan, to file changes with the state of Ohio to change our Articles of Incorporation. He expects that to go into effect sometime next week.
We had originally planned to make the announcement on December 8. That is a Friday, so I think it would be in our best interest to make the grand announcement on the 11th. We will do a press release, social media posts and a detailed email to membership.
Today, per the bylaws rule that membership must be informed right away, we will send a brief email to all members.
The next big push will be paid advertising through Google and Facebook. This will not occur until we finish the new website, which is expected to be done on December 20. We want to put our best foot forward by directing potential members to a new, user-friendly website. 
This is a big, yet exciting, change for FMCA. We are ready to welcome all RVs to the family, and at the same time keep serving our current motorhome members.
If you have any questions or suggestions, I am all ears. Call or e-mail me your thoughts.
Thank you,
Chris Smith
Chris Smith
Executive Director/CFO

Friday, November 17, 2017

Barbara Smith explains NEAR-2018

Dear Northeast Area Chapter Presidents and National Directors,
Please share this letter with your chapter members.
I am writing to update you on the latest FMCA Northeast Area happenings since the annual meeting in Syracuse.  First, I would like to thank each and everyone who attended and volunteered for “We love N.Y. 2017”.  I particularly want to thank the board members and volunteers who put in countless hours to make the rally a success.  We had 344 camping units including FMCA members and guests. Over 100 volunteers helped with all facets of the rally. We had a couple of bad weather evenings but made the best of it. Participating RV dealers sold at least 1 motor coach and 4 other RVs.
It is with a heavy heart that we make this announcement that the Northeast Area Rally (NEAR) has been cancelled for 2018.  We understand many are disappointed and it's contradictory to the Northeast Area's mission, but we will make 2019 a great rally.  We heard that water and electric (sometimes sewer connection) is preferred. We heard that you want to wait before going back to Essex Junction, VT.  We are evaluating several possible locations, but rally venues that are large enough to handle our numbers fill up fast for the summer season and many desirable ones are already taken. If we had chosen Syracuse again, a large building construction project was scheduled to begin next to the campground.  We did have front door access issues to our major building due to construction beside and in front of the building and dates for 2018 did not work out despite our research and investigation. They also conflicted with the national convention calendar.
For 2019 several locations and rally types are possible. We could do another rally in the Syracuse location, or we could do a destination rally with more adventures but fewer seminars.  We could move the rally to June or September. However, that might preclude members with school age children from coming.  We would like to have the new rally location decided on by spring, so we can begin putting our chapter volunteer teams together. The board tells me that it takes over 1.5 years to plan a rally of this size. 
However, we will have a 2018 annual meeting. Dates and the location will follow. Northeast Area Executive Board members are discussing our options.
If you have questions please contact me.


Barbara Smith
National Vice President
Northeast Area

New Tech Packages

FMCA has announced 2 new tech joint ventures:

1. Your Adventure Awaits

Don't leave your friends and family behind. Now it's easier than ever to share the fun and stay connected with reliable internet access on the go. FMCA negotiated this special deal just for members.

What you get: 
✔ Get a mobile hotspot for $.01 with a 2-year agreement when you sign up for the $49.99/month Verizon Mobile Broadband Plan (plus taxes and fees).
✔ Unlimited data*
✔ Enjoy up to 25GB of high-speed data each month. Data speeds for usage in excess of 25GB will be reduced for the remainder of the billing period.
Click on the Verizon TAB for details
2. With FMCA, connecting on the road is easier than ever...
FMCA Tech Connect+ is a benefit package that brings travel-friendly technology offers to FMCA members. For just $49.99 per month, members gain access to a package of tech-related offers. FMCA has done the work of researching and negotiating for you, so you can spend more time doing what you love – RVing!
Technology is the future; why not take part in a benefit package that delivers it to you at a lower cost?  

Click on the Tech Connect Plus TAB for details

Thursday, November 16, 2017

FMCA Roadside Rescue News

FMCA Roadside Rescue, Powered by SafeRide RV Motor Club, is there when you need it. For the low price of $69 per year, you'll never have to worry about RV travel again. You can even extend your coverage to additional family members living in your household and add additional passenger vehicles. Plus,FMCA has locked in the $69 rate for 3 years

As part of FMCA's exclusive offer with SafeRide RV Motor Club, you'll receive:
✔   Towing 
✔   Jump Starts
✔   Mobile Tire Service
✔   Vehicle Fluid Delivery
✔   Lockout Assistance
✔   Winch-out Service
✔   RV Technical Assistance Hotline
✔   Mobile Mechanic Dispatch Service
✔   Priority Call-Back Line
✔   Trip interruption Benefits
✔   RV Concierge Services
SafeRide RV Motor Club (the motorhome entity of Vehicle Administrative Services) has been FMCA's trusted roadside assistance partner since 2014.Lock in this great rate for one, two or three years (with a corresponding one-, two-, or three-year FMCA membership). Available in U.S. and Canada.
Don't wait. Sign up today for this
exclusive FMCA member benefit. 

Sign Me Up!

Please note: 
Registration is available through the online portal or by calling SafeRide RV at (877) 581-8581. The FMCA National Office cannot process Roadside Assistance registrations by phone. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Member vote - 2017

Please don't forget to vote for the future of FMCA. 
CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of the ballot.
Please note, all ballots must be sent via postal mail to: 
Mandel and Associates, Inc., 431 Ohio Pike, Suite 201, Cincinnati, OH 45255
One vote per member F number
Deadline: All ballots must be in CPA's hands by November 30th

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Name for FMCA

The story is FMCA will change its name if the vote changes the constitution. A Google of FMCA yesterday turned up -----
Florida Mosquito Control Association

Is it true?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NEA President's Travels

Barbara and Ed Smith were busy in September getting acquainted with the membership in New York. She started spending Labor Day at the Susquenango Rally while Ed was busy in Maine.
From there, they traveled the 500 miles to western New York to spend the next three weeks with three closely related chapters.
  • ·         Their first visit was to the Fingerlakers Chapter where she presented a 45th anniversary certificate. Members from
    Niagara Frontier Travelers and Jim and Pat Sennett joined her helping with the celebration. There was a brown bag auction, camp fires and 2 ice cream socials.

  • ·        They then spent early the following week in the Niagara Falls area, they then visited with the Niagara Frontier Travelers during their rally. They were treated to Gordie Harper's Bazaar and Boone's Barbecue.  Instead of the brown bag auction we had a huge campfire and ice cream social every night.

  •       Refusing to go back to New England with Hurricanes Irma and Maria looming, they stayed for the Pen-NY Mixer Rally at the Cambria Firemen's field. There they ate more ice cream and ate at local restaurants. Once again, she shared information about the FMCA and the area.

    Pen-NY Mixer Campfire
Those who may not know, Ed Smith loves to cook --- and is very good.  He supplied and cooked hot dogs, hamburgs and hash browns for breakfast during all the rallies.
      We all enjoyed their company.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Northeast Area Rally, 2017

Our Northeast Area 2017 Rally went to Syracuse, NY and the NY State fairgrounds. It was one of the largest we've had in recent years. Presided by Tom Ziobrowski and Lou Snow, we had 355 family coaches and over 100 vendor coaches.

Entertainment was great but was greeted by severe thunder storms the first 2 nights. Once again, NEA presented a great ice cream social. We even had a chapter parade.
Our new president, Barbara Smith presided over her first meeting. John Traphagen and Tom Ziobrowski were elected Vice Presidents of the area.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Harborfest, 2017

Several chapters from the Northeast Area gathered in Oswego, NY during the last week of July to celebrate Harborfest. With about 90 FMCA members attending, there was music, food, fishing, fireworks and more.
Jim and Sherry Miller from the BlueBirds and Pen-NY Mixers acted as hosts as well as NY Centrals and Fingerlakers made it happen.
The rally was visited by area officers including President, Tom Ziobrowski.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


July 5, 2017

Dear Members of the Northeast Area:

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


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:
  • Tom Ziobrowski          518–857–2007              (email:
  • Harley Soulia               802-236-7881              (email:

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