FMCA Honors Past Presidents at RV Hall of Fame

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October 16, 2017 by   Comments Off on FMCA Honors Past Presidents at RV Hall of Fame

FMCA members at the RV/MH Hall of Fame event honoring past presidents

Dozens of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) members gathered at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., on Saturday (Oct. 14) to reunite with friends, share stories and honor the association’s past presidents as part of the FMCA Presidential Honor Dinner.

Current FMCA President Jon Walker said the event, the first its kind for the association, was long overdue.

“A lot just do not know how much time our volunteer presidents put into the association,” he said. “It is fitting to honor our past, share the history of where we have been, so that we know where we are going in the future.”

The program for the dinner included biographies of all the association’s past presidents, 22 in all, stretching all the way back to when the FMCA was founded in 1963. Six past presidents, James Ballentine, Charles Atkinson, Don Moore, Judy Czarsty, Charles Schrenkel and Charles Adcock, were in attendance at the dinner and gave brief stories of their tenures heading up the nation’s only member organization dedicated exclusively to motorhome owners.

Each past president was honored with a personalized brick in the brick garden outside the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

FMCA’s current President Jon Walker speaks to members at Hall of Fame Saturday night

The FMCA also unveiled a redesign of its exhibit at the museum that includes a new timeline of important events in FMCA history and a large TV that highlights videos and educational material selected by the association.

Walker said the association is now over 74,000 members strong and growing.

“Four years ago we were losing about 6,000 members a year and it had been that way since 2004,” he said. “But since 2015 we have actually been seeing our membership rolls growing by focusing on reaching out to our members and sticking with our mission of being an education source.

“Our goal is to be the biggest reservoir of information on RVs,” he continued.

The dinner occurred at a strategic moment for the club, which is currently taking votes from members on whether or not to accept travel trailer owners as members of the association. Walker said he feels that the equipment people use to RV shouldn’t exempt them from being members of FMCA. Instead, he maintained, it should be about the people behind the equipment.

“The fact is that 95% of our people say they have owned a towable unit at one time or another,” he said. “They are all wonderful people, too. This isn’t about bringing in more money, it is about connecting with people that have the same interest.”



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