Central Region Chapters - Eastern Area Motorhome Association
Cardinal VirginiansWest Virginia
GMC Tidewater Crabs
Eastern Area GeocØachers
Rolling Red Hats
The scope of the CARDINAL VIRGINIANS is the western portion of Virginia, I-81 via the
chapter newsletter, The People Feeder. They have 9 rallies a year during the months
of April thru December. About 20 coaches attend each rally, which are held on
weekends. The average rally fee (excluding camping) is $7-$10. Most rallies are in
Virginia but they have also gathered at locations in Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Canada. They try to have at least one out-of-state rally
per year. Members enjoy socializing, eating, shopping and crafts, and the men enjoy
working on coaches. Dues are $25 per year and name badges are $7 each.
Contact: Jo Lynne Senger, 540-363-5155.
Members of the COLONIAL VIRGINIANS live in Virginia and North Carolina. Their
current membership is 99 coaches. Chapter dues are $15 per year. A monthly
newsletter, The Colonial Virginian, is published and provided to members. The chapter
has weekend rallies scheduled each month, January through December. Rallies are
held in the Carolinas and Virginia. The average rally fee is $5; campsite expenses are
additional. Members enjoy playing table games. New members will be treated as family.
Contact: Vince Marroletti, 757-204-4995.
There are 50 member coaches in the DIXIE TRAVELIERS. Members live n North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and nearby states. About 25
families attend the four rallies scheduled during the year. Weekend rallies are
scheduled in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Usually rally fees per person are
$20.00, excluding the campground fee. Most attendees arrive a couple of days prior to
the official rally days. Activities vary, games, skits, golf, touring various facilities, and
shopping. A newsletter is published quarterly. Name badges are available to member
at a cost of $15.00 per person and annual dues are $10.00 per coach. New members
are always welcome.
Contact: Patricia Smith, 704-922-8468.
Members of the DOGWOOD chapter live in Virginia with a few exceptions. There are
about 51 member coaches in the chapter. Chapter dues are $10 per year and
members order name badges (at $10 each) directly from the vendor selected by the
chapter. A newsletter is provided monthly to members. They have 4-6 weekend rallies
a year, usually attended by 10-25 coaches. The 2008 schedule had rallies in April,
June, October, November and December, and they were held in North Carolina and
Virginia. Locations included state parks, Fort Monroe, Oyster Festival and
Williamsburg, Virginia. The average rally fee is $30 and does not include the costs for
campsites. In addition to happy hours and planned meals, members enjoy Yankee
swaps, attending festivals, and sightseeing in the different locales.
Contact: Mann Duff, 804-873-1328.
The EASTERN AREA GEOCØACHERS chapter was formed for FMCA members who
enjoy the fun of geocaching while traveling in their coaches. Geocaching is an outdoor
treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)
receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called
"geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof
container containing a logbook and "treasure", usually toys or trinkets of little value.
Today, over 800,000 geocaches are listed on websites devoted to the pastime.
Members of this chapter gather together during area rallies, rallies of other chapters
and FMCA conventions to hunt for geocaches in the local area. Independent
Geoc0achers rallies are also held, on an irregular basis, often as pre- or post-rallies to
larger events. The chapter has been involved in presenting seminars on geocaching at
FMCA conventions and at several Area rallies. Chapter members are always willing to
explain the sport to anyone who is interested. Dues are $5 per year.
Contact: Wilt Greenwood, 804-282-1493
The EASTERN GOURMANDS chapter has been formed for members who enjoy great
dining experiences. As well as having their own chapter rallies, members of this
chapter gather together during area rallies, rallies of other chapters and FMCA
conventions to sample and experience different cuisine of the local area. These
gatherings include cookouts, wine & cheese parties, and luncheons or dinners at better
restaurants. The chapter also schedules traditional rallies where members get to try
several good restaurants, wineries, farmers’ markets, etc., in a particular area. New
members interested in this concept are welcome. Dues are $5 per year.
Contact: Horton Lane, 410-641-5475
Membership in the EASTERN MONACO chapter is open to owners of MONACO brand
motorized vehicles manufactured by Monaco Coach Corporation. Although most of the
80 members live in the Eastern area, residents of other states are invited to join. Dues
are $10 per year. Name badges are included in the $15 initiation fee. A newsletter is
provided to members 4 to 6 times per year. The chapter has at least two rallies a year.
Rallies are usually held in the eastern area and are often scheduled to coincide with
the Monaco International Chapter and FMCA rallies. Every few years, a big rally is
planned. In 2008, the chapter went to New Mexico and visited Santa Fe, the Balloon
Fiesta, and the Carlsbad area. In 2008, a lead-out rally from the summer FMCA
convention was held in Chippewa Falls and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Shirts with the
chapter name and logo are available.
Contact: Connie Tilman, 804-513-7274 cell
The GMC TIDEWATER CRABS chapter was chartered by FMCA on May 8, 1976 for
owners of GMC (GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION) TZE motorhomes. To be
considered for Standard Membership, GMC TZE ownership at time of application is
required. Club members who now own another model coach hold Affiliate Membership.
Non-GMC TZE coach owners are welcome as Honorary Memberships but have no
voting rights, pay no dues and membership must be extended by the Executive
Committee. Chapter dues are $15 per year and name badges are approximately $10
each. About 5 to 6 weekend rallies are held each year, May to October, in Delaware,
Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of
Columbia. Rally fees are about $10 excluding campground expenses. Activities at
rallies include sight seeing, camaraderie and fellowship, and sessions on the
maintenance and repair of the classic GMC Motorhome. T-shirts, denim shirts and
throws with the chapter logo are available at cost to chapter members.
Contact: James P. Brennan, Jr., 757-229-0118.
The HOKIE TRAVELERS chapter has been formed for members who are fans of
Virginia Tech football. The chapter has 19 members. Members meet at home football
games. They usually arrive Thursday of Friday before the game and leave Sunday
morning. Members discuss how the season is going and how they think the new year
will go. Dues are $10 per year.
Contact: Bryan J. Katz, 930 New Village Dr., Christiansburg, V 24073, 703-793-0730.
Members of the JUST FRIENDS chapter must have e-mail capability and may be from
anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. They currently have more than 65 members.
Instead of rallies, friends get together for fun and friendship for a couple of hours
wherever there is a gathering of FMCA members, which includes Area rallies and
International conventions. This is a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) chapter; that
means friends bring their own chairs, snacks, drinks, etc. A newsletter, On the Line, is
published via e-mail to members periodically. Chapter dues are $5 per year. The
chapter logo is available via jpg for members’ use any way they choose.
Contact: Steve Czarsty, 864-404-6469.
The MOUNTAINEER chapter serves the West Virginia area, but members are welcome
from anywhere. They currently have approx. 60 member coaches. Chapter dues are
$20 per year. Their newsletter, FMCA Mountaineer Chapter News, is published 4 times
a year and keeps members informed of rallies and chapter news. They have six rallies
a year, held monthly from May to October. About 20 coaches usually attend, and the
rallies are held at many interesting locations throughout the eastern states. They
attend GEAR, the Eastern Area rally, as a group and they get together in December for
a Christmas dinner. In addition to the fellowship, they enjoy potlucks, sightseeing,
dining at restaurants, dinner shows, and sharing travel stories with chapter members.
Contact: Sharon Strader, 304-472-3322.
Membership in the ROLLING RED HATTERS, also a chapter of the Red Hat Society, is
restricted to ladies. Dues for membership in the chapter are $5 per year. Instead of
rallies, chapter members have their business meetings and gather for teas during
FMCA conventions and GEAR, the Eastern Area rally. Ladies, age 50 and over, dress
in purple outfits and red hats while younger ladies wear mauve outfits and pink hats to
the teas. Any lady may attend by paying a modest cost to cover refreshments, etc.
Ladies are asked to bring their own cups. Judges choose the winners of different
categories (i.e., most attractive hat, most outrageous hat, best overall outfit) and prizes
Contact: Nancy Breisch, 610-678-4288 .