|Southern Region Chapters - Eastern Area Motorhome Association
Tiffin Travelers NEW CHAPTER!!
BLUE RIDGE PIONEERS function in the geographical area of Western North Carolina and
the surrounding areas. There are usually 5 rallies a year; one of which is in Florida during
January. Rallies promoting fellowship, social activities, good food and entertainment, start
on Wednesday or Thursday and end on Sunday. A Red Hat Tea or social outing is
scheduled for the ladies during each rally. Rally fees average $150 and campsite
expenses may be extra. During June 2005 the chapter’s first rolling rally was held with
stops in Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. More rolling rallies may be scheduled in the future.
Chapter dues are $20 per year and new members pay an additional $5 initiation fee.
Badges are $10 each which includes postage & handling and bolo tie. A newsletter is
mailed quarterly to members and is also posted on the chapter’s website. The membership
base is about 45 member coaches.
Contact: Jim Grogan, 169 Quail Ridge Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117, 704-663-5449
You must be a resident of North Carolina to be a member of the CAROLINA CARDINALS
chapter. A monthly newsletter, Carolina Cardinals, is provided to members. Dues are $15
per year and new members pay an initiation fee of $15. Name badges are extra. They
have weekend rallies each month of the year, except July, in the Carolinas and
Tennessee. Occasionally a rally host will schedule a rally in another state. The average
rally fee is $10, excluding campsite expenses. Rally activities include potlucks, games and
golf. The chapter doesn’t sell items with the chapter name and logo, but members are
advised where items can be purchased. This chapter considers all of their members’ family
and new members are considered a welcomed treasure!
Contact: Robert Merrill, 1966 Hwy 101, Beaufort, NC 28516, 252-729-5092
Email: rmerrill1@ ec.rr.com
The CAROLINA CRUISERS chapter has more than 120 members and most are residents
of South Carolina. 25-75 coaches attend the weekend rallies scheduled each year in
February, April, June, and September. The average rally fee is $75 excluding campsite
expenses. One of their largest rallies is during February at Lazy Days near Tampa,
Florida. Other rally locations are in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Each
December, members gather together for a holiday luncheon in Columbia, SC. Rally
activities include games, tours, entertainment and providing community service. Chapter
dues are $10 per year with an initiation fee of $10 for new members. T-shirts with the
chapter logo are available to members. The chapter welcomes new members.
Contact: Craig "Cannon" Hudson, 1189 Collins Drive, Williamston, NC 27892,
The scope of the CAROLINA HEARTLANDERS is Central North and South Carolina. They
currently have 27 members and welcome new members. Chapter dues are $12 per year
and name badges are $12 each. Their newsletter, Carolina Heartlanders, is issued 4
times a year at the beginning of each quarter. Members enjoy 4 rallies a year; held on
weekends in March, June, September and November. Average rally fee is $10, excluding
campsite expenses. They enjoy playing various types of games at their rallies while taking
time out for different dining experiences. Members enjoy socializing and the friendships
they’ve developed in this relatively new chapter. T-shirts and sweatshirts with the chapter
logo are available to chapter members.
Contact: Gail Blais, 106 Brigadoom Dr, Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-799-6998
The CAROLINA PELICANS’ members come from North and South Carolina. Their
members generally reside within approximately 150 miles of Myrtle Beach, SC. Formed in
2002, there are 27 chapter member coaches and the chapter is actively seeking new
members. Chapter dues are $12 a year; they have no initiation fee but ask that you
purchase a name badge at approximately $11. The age of their members is 50 plus and
they do have some single members. Their newsletters are published four times a year and
they have four rallies a year in the months of April, June, October, and December. Rally
fees are usually $25 and sometimes this includes the camping fee. Rallies are held on
weekends and begin on Friday and conclude on Sunday. There are no members with
children in this chapter. Typically the chapter rally includes a Friday night get-together with
snacks, a business meeting on Saturday morning, games in the afternoon and dinner which
may be a potluck or dining out at a local restaurant, and a non-denominational service on
Sunday. Members may purchase shirts, hats, or visors with the chapter logo. The chapter
thinks of itself as a group of outgoing, friendly, mostly retired people who enjoy just relaxing
and enjoying “life’s simple pleasures” together. There is lots of food and visiting.
Contact: Mike Varano, 2664 Sanders Forest, Shallotte, NC 28470, 910-755-5646
Most members of the CAROLINA RAMBLERS live within a 150-mile radius of Highpoint,
North Carolina. They currently have 48 member coaches. Dues are $10 per year and
name badges are extra. They have 12 rallies a year, one each month, and they’re held on
weekends at various locations in North Carolina and during GEAR, the Eastern Area rally.
Rally fees, which include camping costs, are $50-$75. These generous members supply
grocery items for food banks, food for pet shelters and at Christmas time they remember
children by contributing to Toys for Tots.
Contact: Neal Johnson, 3841 Overview Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012, 336-766-3054
The COASTAL TARHEELS chapter members are active volunteers during GEAR, the
Eastern Area rally, serving coffee and doughnuts each morning to rally attendees. Most of
the 83 members are retirees living in Eastern North Carolina and the chapter’s rallies are
usually held in that vicinity. Rallies are held each month, excluding July, and the average
rally fee is less than $10. They’re scheduled as weekend rallies, but early birds arrive on
Thursday. Activities, directed by the rally host, include games and tours of the area. A
newsletter, Coastal Tarheels, is provided monthly to members. Dues are $12 a year and
there’s an initiation fee of $10 for new members. Name badges are $6 each and are
ordered directly from the vendor selected by the chapter. Shirts, jackets and sweat shirts
with the chapter logo are available to members. New members are welcome.
Contact: Eugene Herring, 69 Frazer Rd., St Pauls, NC 28384, 910-865-5705
Members of the FOOTHILLS TRAVELERS live within a 75 mile radius of Greenville, South
Carolina. This is one of the newest chapters, having received their charter in 2004. They
have approximately 45 members who enjoy having the opportunity to get together and
socialize at their weekend rallies in North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia. Rally fees
average $10-$15, excluding expenses for camping. Wagonmasters provide breakfast on
two mornings and dinner on Friday night, and there’s a covered dish supper on Saturday
night. Members enjoy board and card games, sightseeing and hiking. A bi-monthly
newsletter, Traveler’s Tracks, advises members of chapter activities. Chapter dues are $15
per year. There’s a $10 initiation fee for new members and name badges are $4.25 each.
Contact: Bill Keesling, 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd., PMB247 #115, Taylors, SC 29687
The KOALA KNOCKABOUTS chapter was named in honor of the koalas at Riverbanks Zoo
in Columbia, SC. The 19 members, most of whom still work, live in North and South
Carolina. Their newsletter, Koala Knockabouts, is published bi-monthly. Excluding the
months of January and February, they have about 8 to 9 weekend rallies a year in the
Carolinas. The average rally fee is $15, excluding camping expenses. Activities include
breakfasts, potluck dinners and auctions. New members are welcome. Yearly dues are
$12 and there’s an initiation fee of $5 for new members. Name badges are $10 each.
Contact: Billy Davis, 623 Twin Lakes Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, 803-327-0392
Allegro coach owners living in South Carolina formed the PALMETTO RAMBLERS chapter
in 2003. Members receive chapter information via their quarterly publication, The Palmetto
Ramblers Newsletter. Their 4 rallies per year, held in April, June, September and
December, are usually held in the Carolinas. Rallies begin on Monday and end on
Thursday morning after a breakfast, which is prepared and cooked by the men, and
devotional services. Rally activities enjoyed by their members include games, visits to
points of interest, shopping and eating. Membership in this chapter is limited to 35
members, their current roster. If there is a vacancy, dues will be $10 per year with an
initiation fee of $25 which includes the cost of chapter name badges.
Contact: Heyward Addy, 124 Oak Court, Lexington, SC 29072, 803-358-0120
Tiffin Travelers - You must be a Tiffin coach owner to belong to the newly formed
chapter, The Tiffin Travelers. Even though we were formed in the Eastern Area, others are
welcome to join. There are 4 rallies each year with one during GEAR or pre- or post-rally.
This fun loving group will primarily rally in the East. The rally hosts will be responsible for
the location and activities (sightseeing, dining out, etc). The newsletter published after
each rally will contain the list of upcoming rallies. The initiation fee is $10.00, annual dues
are $12.00 and badges are extra. The Tiffin Travelers are not associated with the Allegro
Contact: Nick and Ann Paul, 246 China Grove Road, Arapahoe, NC 28510, 919-210-4392
Most of the 62 members of TRAVELIN’ TARHEELS reside in North Carolina. Their chapter
newsletter, Travelin’ Tarheels, is published quarterly. Weekend rallies are held in North
Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida during February, April - June, and September -
November. Usually 20-30 member coaches attend the weekend rallies. Average rally fee is
$10-$15 with additional costs for campsite fees. Activities include potluck suppers, dining
out at restaurants (dutch treat), games, ice cream socials, attending shows, crafts, chapter
meetings and devotional services. Chapter dues are $12 per year and an initiation fee of
$3 applies to new members. Folks enjoy the fellowship they share by being a member of
this chapter. New members are welcome.
Contact: Paul L. Aderhold, 2744 Eleanor Dr. SW, Supply, NC 28462, 910-842-7278