Thursday, March 8, 2018




THE PLANS FOR GLAMARAMA 2018 ARE QUICKLY TAKING SHAPE

The plans for GLAMARAMA 2018 are coming together to again make the Great Lakes Area MotorCoach Association rally the top notch event of the year. The rally which takes place June 6-9, 2018 at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in Allegan Michigan will have three nights of great entertainment, numerous attractions for all ages, a Thursday morning golf outing and several very entertaining tours. Please let your members know that the details for both the tours and the golf outing can be found on the link on this page

Entertainment includes KaR Tunes on Wednesday evening, Strum, Dumb and Dumber on Friday evening and Spittin Image on Saturday evening. Local attractions include dune rides, a zip line across the Kalamazoo River, museums, a historical village and vinyards. Off fairground tours have been arranged with round trip transportation to permit attendees to visit many of these attractions while at the rally. Conversion bus motor coaches will host an open house allowing you to see the wonderful accommodations provided in these majestic motorhomes. You can certainly find ideas for remodeling your RV.

Of course, delicious food will be served from coffee hour on Thursday and Friday, an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, a picnic lunch on Friday and an all you can eat breakfast on Saturday. Those who have stepped forward to take on the responsibilities of a chapter officer will receive an invitation to the Friday evening Chapter Officers and Vendor Reception. Finally, if you volunteer at this year's rally to help serve those who are attending the rally you will be treated to a Saturday evening dinner.

No, we did not forget the many vendors who support the area rally each year. You will find almost anything you can dream of associated with RV living in the vendor buildings. Attendees will receive vendor bucks with additional vendor bucks distributed to those who volunteer.

Have we said enough to get you to register for this wonderful event sponsored by GLAMA.

We can't wait to welcome you to the RV life at GLAMARAMA 2018.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

IN SEARCH OF LEADERS


THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADERS

Each area rally has relied on volunteers to make the event a success and each year we have needed to enlist more new members as well as existing members to join the event team. Those who have participated in the past have learned a great deal about the areas in which they have volunteered.

This year it is imperative that we identify those who can fill the assistant chair volunteer positions. Some of our rally chairs have been in that position for three or more years. By taking an assistant position these assistant to the chair will not have to reinvent the processes that have been used in the past. In other words they will learn from the best!

This year we hope to identify future chairs for the following areas:

Vendors
Seminars

Please let me know those members in your chapter or friends who have volunteered in the past at a rally and who you believe would be excellent candidates to become a GLAMARAMA chair. I will be happy to answer any of their questions.

In addition, we NEED more volunteers. Please ask your members to sign up to attend and mark the "I want to volunteer" box on the registration form. Let's work together to make GLAMARAMA the best area rally anywhere!

Critical areas needing volunteers this year are:

SECURITY - you don't need law enforcement training for these positions. Security volunteers mostly advise attendees when events are open and where the approved entrance is located. Some may be seated while others may require some standing or traversing the fairground in a golf cart.

FMCA STORE - The volunteers make certain the items for sale are hung up or folded and replenished as needed. Sales are recorded on a point-of-sale terminal with procedures to record transactions.

Jim Koenig
GLAMA Sr. VP

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LIKE TO CRAFT OR JUST HAVE FUN?

If you love crafts than we have the place for you to teach, learn or just be entertained while participating in craft seminars. GLAMARAMA 2018, as in the past will offer several entertaining opportunities to learn new techniques while making beautiful creations for yourself, your grandchildren, spouse or just for the fun of it. It will also foster new relationships with others who take part in the craft sessions.

The Great Lakes Area MotorCoach Association annual rally is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 through the morning of Sunday, June 10 at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in Allegan Michigan. There are activities and sites of interest for all ages. Sure, bring you children and grandchildren. If you have not yet registered the process is extremely simple. At the FMCA.com website select EVENTS, then Event Registrations. Scroll down to find Great Lakes Area Rally. You could also call FMCA to register over the phone at 800 543-3622. Payment plans are available.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Rallies are open to towables as well as motorhomes so make the call.
See you there.


For those of you who wish to lead a craft seminar attached is the form which includes directions as to who to mail the completed form. The form is also available for download on this website. Just select the link on the rightside of this page. 

Judy Ruth is our Crafts Chair for 2018. She is eager and ready to help anyone wishing to teach or participate in craft activities. Judy’s contact information is bjruth72@gmail.com   Phone 248-515-3072.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I’M REGISTERED! ARE YOU!

Can you believe that it isn't Christmas yet and registration for GLAMARAMA 2018 has already begun? Yes, that's right. The first advertisement for the rally scheduled for June 6-10, 2018 in Allegan, Michigan will be published in the January 2018 FMC Magazine. There will be a tear out registration form or if you so desire you can access the registration process on the FMCA.com website. The http://glamaramarally.blogspot.com will also provide a link to the registration page on the FMCA website.

There will be much to see and lots to do at this new venue for the Great Lakes Area annual rally. For those wanting a little excitement there is a zip line across the Kalamazoo River in Allegan. Not 30 minutes away you can experience dune rides. If you want something a little less challenging you will find the historical village located right on the fairground property and admission is free. Those who like wine may wish to attend a winery tour in nearby Paw Paw. For car buffs you will find the car museum both educational and fun.

Be certain to register early if you want 30 amp service.  All sites have water, but the 30 amp sites are limited in quantity.  The majority of the sites at the Allegan Fairground are 50 amp.

What else will you find at the 2018 GLAMARAMA? Lots of vendors and motorhome dealers plus three nights of excellent entertainment, card bingo on Thursday following a free night to promote chapter meetings and activities, a golf outing (additional fee), ladies tea (additional fee), two morning coffee hours, ice cream social, picnic lunch and an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast. I'm getting hungry just writing this message. As in past GLAMA rallies there will be a reception for chapter officers and vendors, as well as a dinner for our wonderful volunteers. If you've never volunteered, you really need to get involved. Ask anyone who has volunteered at past rallies and they will tell you how much fun their rally experience was.

Spread the word.   GLAMARAMA is back and it is better than ever!

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact GLAMA officers.

National Area VP Les Naylor                lesn20002000@yahoo.com
GLAMA Senior VP Jim Koenig              koenig.jim@gmail.com


Vendors should contact Bill Nesbitt, Vendor Chair  
419.230.1982  or  glamavendors@wcoil.com

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Crowing About GLAMARAMA 2018

WHY IS GLAMA CROWING LIKE A ROOSTER ABOUT 
GLAMARAMA 2018?

As GLAMARAMA 2018 takes shape the Great Lakes Area annual rally continues to be the best area rally value for your hard earned buck. GLAMARAMA 2018 takes place June 6-9, 2018 at the Allegan County Fairground in Allegan Michigan. It has been several years since this area’s rally was held in Michigan and the selected location is a wonderful facility with very interesting attractions.
Before we get to the attractions, rally attendees always want to find an event that doesn’t strain their budget. At GLAMARAMA 2018, every site has electric and water and, get this, there are more 50 amp sites than 30 amp. In fact we had to include a notice on the rally registration form advising applicants that 30 amp sites are in limited quantity. Those who choose the 30 amp sites will realize a reduction of $10 on their rally admission fee.  The cost of those selecting the 50 amp sites is set at $275 for two adults with minor children and up to one adult dependent at no extra cost. For a coach with only one adult the fee is $255. After May 18 the admission cost increases by $20. IF you wish to attend but do not wish to camp at the fairground the cost of this passport admission is $100. Non-FMCA members must pay an additional $50. Please note there is an additional $4 fee for the Ladies Tea and an as yet to be determined fee for the golf outing.

What about local attractions. Attendees should be pleased to see the exhibits at the Old Jail Museum to learn about the history of Allegan city and the surrounding county. The museum is located in the Historical Village providing an an even greater insight into this community. If that is a little too tame for you then try a ride on the zip line that takes these thrill seekers over the Kalamazoo River. In the same area you might also wish to try out one of the high ropes courses 55 feet in the air presented by Sky Trail. Not yet quenched your thirst for excitement?  Try a dune buggy ride a short 30 minute drive to Saugatuk Michigan. As you can see there are several attractions that will make your trip to GLAMARAMA 2018 a can’t miss rally.

More details to follow so stay tuned.





Wednesday, June 15, 2016


JUST BECAUSE GLAMARAMA 2016 HAS ENDED
THE PARTY HASN’T STOPPED!

MAKE PLANS TO JOIN THE MANY FMCA MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE US AND CANADA FOR FMCA’s 94th CONVENTION AT WEST SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTES, AUGUST 3 – 6, 2016, TO CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM!

THE CONVENTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION IN WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTES. THIS IS A FIRST TIME LOCATION FOR AN FMCA CONVENTION. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT NEW AND INTERESTING LOCATIONS. SO POINT YOUR MOTOR HOME EASTWARD FOR ALL NEW ADVENTURES. TIME IS RUNNING SHORT!

You can register by going to FMCA.COM or click on the link below to get the ball rolling. We’ll see you there.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

MESSAGE TO CHAPTER PRESIDENTS

GLAMARAMA 2016 – GETTING READY TO ARRIVE

It is just over one month before we again join in fun and excitement at the fourth annual GLAMARAMA RALLY at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairground in Goshen Indiana June 8 through 12. As a chapter president it is imperative for your chapter that you provide information on the following areas to assure your chapter is properly supported and represented at the rally.

Please prepare your list of chapter members who will be attending GLAMARAMA 16. Email your list to Ken Lewis klewis0321@gmail.com to aid the parking crew in getting your chapter located in an appropriately large space and parked as quickly as possible. Your chapter has done this so well before but like with everything else a reminder is always helpful.

Next, please email Bev Nesbitt bevnesbitt09@gmail.com if your chapter will take part in the Chapter Fair from 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Wednesday,June 8  immediately following the First Timers Seminar. This is an excellent time to make the first good impression of your chapter for those new and recently unaffiliated attendees. They may even have friends who they might refer your way just by your location in relation to their friends.

Just as important as the previous two is your contacting Ross Boyer rossboyer@outlook.com to provide him with the chapter name and the number of persons that will be taking part in your assigned shelter activities during the Thursday night free evening of meetings, meals and all around fun get togethers. Ross assigns the shelters based upon the space required by your chapter. Please provide Ross with this information ASAP.

Remind your members that by volunteering they automatically qualify for free early arrival parking. That means Tuesday arrival will cost nothing. Selected volunteers will be asked to arrive even earlier to insure setup of the fairground is complete by the time early arrivals on Tuesday are parked. In addition each volunteer receives an additional $10 in Vendor Bucks to add to the $10 provided to each coach registered at GLAMARAMA 16.

The rally website http://glamaramarally.blogspot.com was recently updated with the lists of registered vendors and the craft offerings including supplies needed. We are very pleased that four dealers have already signed up to be there and to bring along different size motorhomes to choose from.

There will be all new entertainment, fun activities and lots of seminars to fill your brain. Wednesday is Mike Albert, a well renowned Elvis Impersonator following on Friday by Cahil Dunne, a multitalented artist you will not want to miss. On Saturday night the Atlantic City Boys will leave your snapping your fingers and tapping your feet.

The fun activities include a golf outing, line dancing, card bingo and the Ladies Tea. Each of these activities have been well attended and create lasting memories and many new friends. Consider taking part in some or all of these fun opportunities.

The seminars included this year feature microwave convection cooking, educational sessions on tires presented by the highly recognized tire expert, Roger Marble and genealogy sessions to help guide you to map out your family history.
All this equates to another great rally with good friends.

See you there!