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Posts of news and events related to FMCA Western Area.

WMHA News 7/22/17

Presidents Notes…
July 22, 2017
Hello from St. Louis, IL.

This week there has been office changes at FMCA HQ’s. Chris Smith, Exec. Dir., announced on Friday that Jason Gabbard was promoted to IT Director. Jason has been doing an outstanding job in the IT Dept. for a number of years, and it comes as no surprise to me of his promotion. Congratulations Jason. Another change was made on Friday, this time to our department structure. Chris announced, and also effective immediately, that our sales team will be a separate department from our communications department. John Renda currently heads up the sales dept. with the title of Sales Director. John will operate the Sale Department as it’s own division within FMCA. Congratulations John.

On August 9-12 Christine and I will be attending the Midwest Area Rally in Amana, Iowa. This is really a nice fun rally which comes 3-4 weeks after the Convention. You can find information about the rally at and click on the Chapter/Areas tab.

We are taking the long way to Amana Rally. Last night Christine and I went on a Dinner Cruise on the Mississippi River. Food was good, music was good, the sights were good (see picture below), and the humidity was high! We had a great time.

The WMHA registration sheet for the 30th Annual Indio Rally will be available online this coming week. Everyone will be notified by an e-blast. The registration will also be available in the Oct., Nov., and Dec. FMC magazine. We will also be featuring HAND DIPPED ICE CREAM before Thursday night entertainment.

We are staying at the Casino Queen RV park across from the Arch on the Illinois side. They give discounts to FMCA members.
Everyone stay safe on your summer travels.
Lon Cross, F233066
FMCA National VP, Western Area
President, Western Motor Home Assoc.

President’s Notes from Indy 7/12/17

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hello from Indianapolis, IN.

The Governing Board has concluded our meeting. Below is an overview of the results.

Proposal 1: Same F# can not serve on the Executive Board concurrently: Failed
Proposal 2: Same sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.: Failed
Proposal 3: Towables: Passed (Proposal will now be submitted to the total membership for their approval in FMC Sept., Oct., & Nov. magazine)

The following is the Governing Board’s newly crafted working definition of “Towables”.

“Self contained wheeled vehicle that includes permanently installed cooking, sleeping and sanitary facilities”

Newly Elected National Officers:
President: Jon Walker
SR. V.P.: Rett Porter
Secretary: Gaye Young
Treasurer: John Reynolds

Best Regards,
President Western Motor Home Assoc.
FMCA National VP, Western Area
[Editor’s note:  the full text of the proposals can be found at the FMCA Governance Site Governance tab, “GB Meeting”.  The direct link is below]

Passing of a Past National Officer

July 4, 2017

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of a longtime FMCA member King deBord, L16686. He passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017.

King deBord, served as the Northwest Area vice president from 1991 to 1994 and as International Area vice president from 1995 to1996. The Governing Board awarded Life membership to King and Jackie in 2005.
King served on many FMCA committees as well as belonging to many chapters [Ed: several in Western Area].
Sadly, King’s wife, Jackie, passed away on September 3, 2016
Cards and condolences can be sent to Jim and Linda deBord & family at 1325 Eckard Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362.


Notes from our President – July 3

Notes From Our President

July 3, 2017
The June membership reports have been released and what a month it was! End of month we have 73,032 members. The net gain for the month was 1,169. Our tracking records goes back 21 years and we cannot find a gain higher than this month. So, it’s possible this was the highest monthly gain in FMCA history!


Notes from our President

Hello ALL:
I’m going to try something new on the Western Area Website ( With the help of our WebMaster, Warren James, I’m going to start posting a Blog. I plan on writing on various topics, such as; FMCA Governing Board matters, and any items of interest that may concern those of us in the Western Area. I’ll try to post once a week, but sometimes it could be more, or it could be less.

With all that being said …Welcome to the Inaugural Western Area Presidents Blog…

June 26, 2017

Hello from Boardman, OR.

Christine and I have just left the NorthWest Area Rally which was held in Longview, WA.  Kathie Balogh, NW Area President, and her staff really put on a nice rally for about 325 rigs.  I would like to thank the 32 rigs from the Western Area for their attendance and support of this rally.  Next year they plan on holding their Rally in Coos Bay, OR.

Please save the date for the 30th Annual Western Area Indio Rally…January 10-14, 2018.  The theme for the Rally is Viva Las Vegas.  It’s guaranteed that Elvis will be in the house!

We are on our way to attend the FMCA convention being held in Indianapolis, IN on July 12-15.  Currently there are over 1,400 rigs registered and the number keeps going up.  At the Governing Board Meeting we will be electing new National Officers.  Running for President is Jon Walker, Sr VP is Rett Porter (and I’ve heard there is a second person, Jack Mayberry, running for this position), treasurer is Frank Taber and John Reynolds, and for Secretary is Gaye Young.

There are also three amendments that are being voted on and one of those is revising our Articles of Incorporation which would allow “towables” to be members of our Association.

As you may have heard there was a new member benefit being worked on between FMCA and Verizon which was a special rate on an unlimited wireless data plan.  It was unfortunate that Verizon pulled out on our agreed upon member offering. But rest assured we will find more member benefits that will create the best member benefit portfolio we have ever offered.


Lon Cross, F233066
FMCA National VP, Western Area
President, Western Motor Home Association

Breaking News! Get your winter / spring 2017 WMHA newsletters here!

The spring 2017 Western Area ByWays:

Plus recent chapter newsletters, many thanks to the hardworking editors and publishers!

May 2017 Chatter
Coasters March 2017

May 2017 CRR Newsletter
March 2017 CRR Newsletter

Heartland May 2017
Heartland March 2017

May 2017 HMC Newsletter 2017

Jan Indio Romer FMCA Rally Final

Our new Executive Board

Now appearing, our 2016 Officer team:

SECRETARY Sharon Roach, F279409
TREASURER Kurt Simon, F166058

Lon Cross is installed as Western Area President at the FMCA convention in Springfield MA this week!

WMHA Officers