Sunday, November 23, 2014

Presidential Notes - November

by Butch Jones

As another year winds down, the leaves have begun to fall and fall and fall, when are they going to stop already, and it is almost time for many of us to head south, west, southwest or wherever to find warmer weather. This also brings a close to another Dogwood administration. For the past two years I have had the pleasure of serving as your president. I would like to thank my fellow officers for the work they have done and look forward to passing the torch to our next president.

I have recently become aware of a status of FMCA membership that was unknown to me. If you have been a member of FMCA and find yourself in a position of no longer wanting or being able to own/drive a motor home or no longer have a motor home for whatever reason, you can still be a member of FMCA. This type of membership is called an Associate member. Associate members have all of the rights of regular members except they cannot hold office and are not eligible to vote. To rejoin FMCA, former members only need to pay the current membership fee. If they no longer own a motor home, their old F number will be restored as an A number.

If those former members are still traveling any at all they might be interested in a benefit to FMCA membership called FMCAssist. FMCAssist returned to FMCA members effective October 1, 2014. It is emergency evacuation/reparation and emergency medical reunion benefit available to all EMCA members and the cost is included in your yearly membership dues (fee). It includes emergency evacuation, emergency medical reunion, return of mortal remains, return of dependents, RV/vehicle (if you are not traveling in an RV) in North America and pet return. So if there are any of our members that have considered leaving FMCA you might just want to reconsider.

I hope to see all of you at the Christmas Rally in Selma, North Carolina on December 5-7, 2014. 

Member updates - November 23

Jim Buelow is home following double knee replacement surgery and in patient rehab. He will continue rehab as an out patient for 4-6 weeks.  He said he is still stiff and sore and in pain, but things get a little better each day, and for that they are very thankful. Susan has been a great nurse.

Liz Jones had a mini stroke Monday.  She is doing well and there does not seem to be any residual damage. She and Butch will not be able to make the Christmas rally as her doctor does not want her traveling long distances in a vehicle, due to the possibility of blood clots forming in her legs.  Roxie (their dog) had her last Chemo on Friday and is doing fine. 

Bill Guttridge had a heart attack on Nov 23.  Following surgery for a catherization and addition of a stent, he is doing better.  

2015 Membership Dues

Dues for the Dogwood Chapter of FMCA are $10 per calendar year and are due by January 1.  To renew your membership for 2015, please send a check payable to "Dogwood Chapter - FMCA" to Pat Allen.  If you will be attending the December rally in Selma, you can give your check to Pat at the rally.  Otherwise, mail to: 
Pat Allen, Treasurer Dogwood - FMCA 9507 Lakewater Court
Henrico, VA 23229

Christmas Rally in Selma

by Barbara Dyke

The Christmas Rally will be held December 5-7, 2014 in Selma/Smithfield, NC.  There is a change of campground due to changes and new ownership at Raleigh/Oaks.  Hosts for the rally are Barbara and Bobby Dyke, Nancy and Paul Cummings, and Joyce and Dennis Reid.

CAMPGROUND: RVacation, 428 Campground Road, Selma, NC 27576 (Exit 98 from Interstate 95) 866-783-5923. Make your reservations directly with campground. Our rate is $35.00 per day; be sure to tell them you are with Dogwood.  Click here to link to their website.


4:30-6:30 pm Dinner at Robins Nest Buffet
7:00 pm Rudy Theater for Christmas Extravaganza

9:00 am Breakfast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit, coffee & juice.
10:00 am Business meeting
4:30 pm Happy Hour BYOB
6:00 pm Dinner, Pork roast, potatoes, green beans, salad, and pie.
7:30 pm Yankee gift swap emceed by our own Donna Gruel.

9:00 am Continental breakfast, juice, and coffee.


Fee information:
  • Rally fee is $15.00 per person
  • Friday dinner at Robins Nest Buffet is $13.75 per person includes beverage, tax and tip.  Click here to link to their website.
  • Friday Rudy Theater Christmas Extravaganza is $27.50 per person.  Click here to link to their website.
  • We are required to collect beforehand for Buffet and Theater 

Bring 1 gift per coach for yankee swap value $25.00.

There is lots to see and do in the Selma area - outlet malls, antique shops, museums.  Click here to link to the "Visit Selma" web site.  

Attendees as of 11/29: Karen & Berkley Alexander, Pat & Clint Allen, Carolyn & Donald Anderson, Linda & Buck Buchanan, Marion & Bill Cockrell, Nancy & Paul Cummings, Carolyn & Mann Duff, Barbara & Bobby Dyke, Anke & Ed Fisher, Suzanne & Mike Greenfield, Barbara & Wilt Greenwood, Donna & Carl Gruel, Barbara & Max Hicks, Jo Ann & Fred Hutson, Dan Moore, Joyce & Dennie Reid, Cil & Fairleigh Schoolar, Kathryn & David Stankovic, Connie & Ed Tilman,  Carol & Donald Warthan

      December 5-7, 2014


Rally fee $15.00 per person ______________________________

Robins Nest Buffet $13.75 per person ______________________

Rudy Theater $27.50 per person __________________________

TOTAL ENCLOSED ____________________________________


Send check and form to:

Barbara Dyke
5325 Iron Bridge Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23234

Treasurer's report for October 31, 2014

Click here for October 31 Treasurer's report.