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)