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!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

January Update

GLAMARAMA 2016 - FOSTERING FRIENDSHIPS

Get registered for another outstanding experience at GLAMARAMA 2016. The registration page link is on the right side of the webpage for your convenience or you can enter FMCA.COM in your browser’s URL field and then select Chapters/Areas. Vendors have already begun their registration processes to assure a good placement of their booth.

For those new to the idea of attending the greatest area rally, the Great Lakes Area MotorCoach Association will again sponsor the GLAMA annual rally June 8 through 12, 2016 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairground in Goshen Indiana. This will be the fourth and last time this rally will be held at this location for several years. The 2017 GLAMA annual rally will be held in conjunction with the FMCA Family Reunion as a rally within a rally. GLAMA will again host a GLAMARAMA rally in 2018 in Allegan Michigan June 8-12. More information on both those events is forthcoming.

The entertainment for GLAMARAMA 2016 is all new. Wednesday, Mike Albert, performing his Elvis Presley ultimate Tribute will have you rockin to Elvis’ many hits expertly performed during this show.  Mike's style and charisma and his ability to get the audience involved in the show have proved to be quite the crowd pleaser.  Fairs, festivals, dinner shows and large car cruises have established a long-term relationship with Mike and his band that draws sold-out crowds year after year.  Highlighting Mike's career was an invitation to do the Miss Tennessee beauty pageant, with a full orchestra and choreographed dance routines, and a repeat invitation three years later. Mike's powerful voice lends itself well to every type of Elvis' music - 50's, 60's and 70's rock and roll and love songs, as well as a very successful gospel/Christmas show.  Since Elvis had so many hits, Mike makes it a point to keep the show fresh with an ever-changing song line-up!  Special requests are often delivered to audiences who are "All Shook Up"! 

Friday, attendees will be hopping to the music and laughing at the comedy of Cahal Dunne, a classically trained concert pianist, story teller, comedian and composer. He is often referred to as Ireland’s Happy Man. Cahal has performed with Bob Hope, Tony Orlando and Al Martino. With his Irish to Broadway to Country repertoire you will be laughing, singing and toe tapping in between the clapping by the audience.

On Saturday, the Atlantic City Boys are four dynamic lead singers who have wowed audiences at Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, and of course, Atlantic City! Now they lend their world class vocals to the rock-n-roll harmonies of the 60’s –singing the hits of The Drifters, The Beach Boys, and of course, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. The Atlantic City Boys encourage flash photography, wild screaming and rushing the stage during their performances. So get ready to clap and sing-along because here they come…

As mentioned in previous posts the rally committee is making every effort to reduce the cost to vendors to attend GLAMARAMA 2016 in order to increase the numbers of vendors in attendance. We will continue to “pound the pavement” to better assure you will have a meaningful time at the 2016 rally. To further promote vendors attendance and yours too, every registration will be given $10 in vendor bucks, twice the amount from 2015. Also each volunteer will received $10 in vendor bucks…AND…some vendors who are performing above and beyond their required duties may receive additional vendor bucks by rally committee officials. Vendor bucks not spent at the rally have no value SOOOO this means more purchases by attendees as profit opportunities for vendors. Any additional suggestions are welcomed. Send your suggestions to Jane Roush at janeroush50@gmail.com, Les Naylor at les20002000@yahoo.com or Jim Koenig at Koenig.jim@gmail.com.

The rally registration price will again be $215 just like it was for GLAMARAMA 2013. Volunteers will be allowed to arrive as early as Monday, June 6th and not charged to camp Monday and Tuesday at the fairgrounds.  They also will enjoy the catered dinner on Saturday by EssenHaus.  We can never thank them enough for making our event run so smoothly.

This year there will be 2 catered breakfasts (Thursday and Saturday) by EssenHaus.  The catered lunch on Friday will be served by the caterer Goeglein Catering so food will be available to all attendees.  Ice Cream Social will be served by FMCA and GLAMA officers along with cake.  GMC Great Lakers are celebrating their 40th anniversary in April and what a milestone for them.  They have committed to be a strong force at our event 2016.  YES!

Joined hands and is the image selected for this rally and Friendship is our motto.  This event will prove to do both and show all having fun. Since this will be my last area rally  as AVP my family will be attending.  I feel it represents my graduation of another vital part of my life.  Once they have experienced what we do at Goshen they will have a better understanding of what all this meant to me these years and the many wonderful memories and friends that I carry with me everywhere I go.  From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your confidence and support and promise to will wear the blue shirt with my name on it proudly through August, 2016.

Jane Roush
Great Lakes Area National Vice President (President of GLAMA)



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Update

DECEMBER 2015 UPDATE

For your convenience we have just uploaded the GLAMA December 2015 Newsletter prepared by Jane Roush, GLAMA President. Included in the document is a summary and analysis of the financial results from the 2014-2015 fiscal year as reported by GLAMA Treasurer Melanie Boyer.


In addition, a newly revised Vendor/Dealer 2016 Registration Packet was uploaded at 4:45 pm today, December 16. Earlier versions do not include required information regarding credit card data.

The GLAMARAMA 2016 Rally Committee continues to progress toward another great Great Lakes Area MotorCoach Association rally to be held June 8 through June 12, 2016 in Goshen Indiana at the wonderful facilities on the Elkhart County 4-H Fairground. Tours are already confirmed for Dometic and Jayco/Spartan. These provide an excellent way to learn about major production processes for components and appliances that make up your home on wheels. Entertainment is all new so you will want to be the first in line Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Did someone ask about food. Are you kidding! I didn't think RVs ran without food; at least rallies don't. By the time you head home you will need to add air in your tires so as not to overload your coach.

For questions or comments please feel free to contact Jane Roush (janeroush50@gmail.com), GLAMA President or Jim Koenig (koenig.jim@gmail.com), GLAMARAMA Communications Chair. Thanks and have a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE

COLD WEATHER, WARM PLANS – 2016 RVING

As the fall season takes hold many of you are preparing to travel to warmer climates, if not already there. Others will enjoy the crisp air and cool temperatures of the Great lakes region during the winter months. No matter the choice, as avid RVers you will want to stay abreast of the upcoming events related to GLAMA and each of its four regions, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.

Many campgrounds remain open for those wishing to experience winter camping. Those who are or were hunters prepare for the cool weather knowing that there will be lots of outdoor adventure in our beautiful areas of Canada and the United States. Make certain you prepare your RV to handle the temperatures to avoid damage to plumbing fixtures and sufficient heating resources to avoid discomfort for the inhabitants of your home on wheels.

During these months GLAMARAMA 2016 chairs will continue their efforts to again create an area rally like no other. The rally scheduled for June 8-12, 2016 will be held at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairground in Goshen Indiana. Arrangements for the three nights of all new entertainment have been secured. Incentives to promote even more vendors have been approved and put in place. While we will again enjoy the facilities in Goshen in 2016 the 2018 rally has been confirmed for a Michigan site as you will read in Jane Roush’s November 2015 GLAMA Newsletter.

What happened to GLAMARAMA 2017? Remember, when FMCA holds its national rally in the Great Lakes Area GLAMA national directors voted to focus our attention on the national rally and hold the GLAMA rally within the national family reunion that year (rally within a rally). Jane’s letter lists the major rallies we should support over the next few years to assure a strong organization with excellent member benefits.

If you have not been recruiting new members it has become really easy with the FMCAssist program. No other organization offers this excellent benefit as part of the normal dues. In other words the benefit cost members nothing to have the peace of mind to know you, your family and even your pets traveling with you will receive comprehensive assistance while 100 miles from home in case of an emergency. See FMCA.com for the details. Note: full-timers are not restricted by the 100 mile rule.

Read Jane’s newsletter to stay current on what is happening in GLAMA and FMCA. For answers to your questions feel free to contact Jane Roush, President of GLAMA jroush@fmca.com or Jim Koenig, Communications Chair, koenig.jim@gmail.com. In the meantime, safe travels and see you in Perry, Goshen and Springfield.