Camping Today Staff

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National Officers

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From The President

Seasons Greeting FCRV Family!

  Let me start by saying that I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are in a wonderful time of the year that is the symbol of Family, Friends, and Good Cheer. With Thanksgiving behind us and the holidays at our doorstep Let me wish you a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. It is my desire that 2022 is filled with Blessings, Joy, and Success for each of you. It is also my hope that FCRV see a gain in membership in the year to come.

  I would at this time like to thank the Nominating committee for the work that they have done in trying to find a slate for the upcoming election. Jack has informed me that they have concluded their search within the period set forth in the Operations Manual. I would like to thank each of the committee members for the service that they provided to FCRV. The work to find willing people to serve is no easy task and they put their heart into the job. I am proud of each of them for the service and the time they invested into FCRV. AI know the trustees feel the same and we thank you. I would also like to thank Jack Smye for his willingness to step in when Larry Roop had to step aside with the loss of Vickie. Larry thank you for the groundwork and your dedication to you put into the Nominating Committee. Your work set them up for success. Again, thank you all for a job well done. 

  We met with the Regional and State Directors recently and looked at steps to move FCRV into the 21st century and have ask that all chapters get an email address for the chapter. This email will be one step in streamlining the communication from National to the Chapters. I also believe that it will increase personal security as your personal email address will not be out for the world to see, the chapter email will be. The Field Director will then pass along this information to the Chapter members We would like the chapters to go with Gmail account, but Carl will work with others as well. We are striving to increase our web footprint to be seen in online searches. This will help position us for a successful future. In today’s world the younger families that are camping do most information gathering online. If we are to succeed, we need to be seen in the searches that they do online. I know that some will not like this idea however the fact remains that if we want to grow and gain younger members this is an avenue that we will be required to go down to succeed and grow FCRV.


  I would like to close by welcoming Ray Suennen as the new Wisconsin State Director Ray has served in this position in the past and I would like to welcome him back. He goes into the position with the knowledge, and we thank him for his leadership. Thanks, Ray, for your dedication to FCRV.

Happy 2021 Holidays to all!

Gerry Pfirsch 

National President

Avoid Internet Phishing Scam

 There has been a recent uptick in fraudulent attempts to get your money, masquerading as people from the Family Campers & RVers organizations.

 These are frequently attempts to get you to buy a gift card and mail it to an officer or staffer of FCRV.  They then give you an email address, or even a mailing address, to send those cards to the scammer.  PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THEM!!

 FCRV officers will NEVER ask you to send gift cards (which are not traceable so make it very easy to scam people out of money) or ask you to send any kind of currency in a batch, general message.  

 Be aware, and protect yourself.  FCRV appreciates donations to Wildlife, Conservation and Scholarship, but that is an entirely different thing.  We do not want you buying gift cards in the name of our Trustees or officers, and sending those cards to an unknown entity and location.

 If you receive one of these messages or even phone calls, please let the FCRV office know immediately so we can address the matter.

 Thank you, and stay safe!
Your FCRV Office Staff

FCRV Hank Nathan Scholarship Eligibility: 2022

FCRV Hank Nathan Scholarship Eligibility: 2022

Who Can Apply: Any FCRV Member or their dependent* children planning to enroll or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program may apply for an FCRV Scholarship. An applicant must be a member for at least one year before application.

* Dependent children of members: Applicants applying under their parent/guardian’s membership must be a dependent thereof for the year of the Scholarship award, meaning they are eligible as an income tax deduction.

Applications for 2022 will be sent out starting December 2021 through April 1 2022.  All completed applications must be returned to Scholarship America by April 15th of the year of the award.

How to Apply: Requests for an FCRV Scholarship application MUST be made to the FCRV National Scholarship Directors. This can be done by email, as only digital copies are being sent.

Donations and memorials should be sent to:

Jan Cushing,
2102 88th St., Kenosha, WI 53143

E-mail your application request to
[email protected] with Subject FCRV Scholarship.

Requests MUST include the FCRV membership number, the postal mailing address and most importantly, an email address at which the applicant can be contacted. All applications are sent electronically.

Stipend: Annual Scholarships are awarded carrying a stipend ranging from $500 to $2000. Part-time students will receive one-half of the granted amount. Scholarships are for one year. Recipients may reapply for a scholarship each year they meet the eligibility requirements.

Selection of Scholarship Recipients: Applicants are scored and ranked by Scholarship America, who then recommends these scores and ranking to the FCRV Scholarship Board, who then confirms the ranking and the award. The Board of Directors present the awards at or after the annual AGM held at that years Campvention.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Parents or guardians must be member of FCRV for one year or longer.
  2. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate course of study in an accredited two-to-four-year college or university. Part-time students must carry a minimum of six credits and full-time a minimum of twelve.
  3. Applicants currently enrolled in college are given equal consideration with incoming freshman students.

Scholarship Considerations:

  1. High school graduates should be in the upper 40% of their class.
  2. College students should have a cumulative B average (2.7 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale)
  3. General considerations are taken for maturity, leadership, related activities, and goals of the candidate as related to the objectives of FCRV.
  4. Special consideration will be given to applicants majoring in fields related to conservation, ecology, or outdoor activities, although all other fields are considered.
  5. This is a competitive Scholarship therefore the lowest ranked applicant may not receive an award.

🎅 FCRV Holiday Spirit 🎄

Retiree Rally 2022

From Our FCRV Retiree Directors.

By Ron & Reba Ray

Make your plans early.  Everyone is to have full hook-ups, and most will be on concrete pads.

The building is a little more compact than what we are used to, but I think everything will work out great there.

The people at Mineola Civic Center are looking forward to us coming.  I have talked with the lady there, and everything is set and ready. 

 We will not have a breakfast vendor there, but there is a McDonalds right as you come into the Civic Center.   Also, there is many restaurants around.

Kip and Jan are working with all the committee to make this a memorable rally.  Bring past pictures and other items you would like to share about past Retiree Rallies.  This is our 50th year, so let’s bring lots of memories with us.  

I know a lot of you are waiting until after the first of year to send in reservations, in order to see what the situation is right then.  We understand.  But after the first of year, then we will need to know how many will be there so we can make our plans accordingly.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there, and if you have never been then we look forward to meeting you.

Happy Holidays 

See you March in Mineola!


by Kip & Jan Cushing, Rally Coordinators

For those of us in the north, the camping season has come to an end.  Keeping that in mind, we are turning our attention to the Retiree Rally in Mineola, TX, March 29-April 3, 2022.  Early bird days start on March 25, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the area as Barb Turner’s articles have pointed out.

The theme is “Fishin’ For 50”.  We are planning special games involving fishing and the number 50.   During these games we encourage you to wear something with fish or fishing related.

While we have chairman for the committees, we are still in need of co-chairman for several of them.  Can we lure you in to fill one of these positions?  Contact us at [email protected] if you are willing to take the bait.


by Ronald & Jo Hersom, King & Queen Coordinators

Reminder: couples who are King & Queen of their state or province should consider now if they would like to compete for International King & Queen at the Retiree Rally in March 2021.

First, you don’t need to be selected by a separate retiree chapter – it can be just your province or state organization that selects you.  

Next, contact us [ [email protected] ] for an application form and information about conducting your campaign. Prepare a write-up about yourselves that we can use to introduce you to the attendees at the Rally.   We need all applications by the end of January.

Next, prepare a bio (300 words or less) to publish in Camping Today, (a picture to DeWayne Johnston would be good). [email protected] (need an underline sign “_” between D and j). You can send it any time.

Then decide on campaign handouts & plan your hospitality at the Rally.

You get to meet many new people and make new friends.  Other friends will help you prepare for your Hospitality (yum-yum).

The couple selected as K & Q are expected to represent FCRV for the year and attend the next Retiree Rally to pass on the crowns to the next K & Q.

Enjoy yourselves, have fun, and be part of the FCRV Retiree Rally.  Looking forward to hearing from you. 

Ronald & Jo Hersom, King & Queen Coordinators  [email protected]

Flea Market Vendors Wanted

March is just around the corner. It’s time to consider preparing for the annual Retirees Flea Market. Bring crafts you have created or white elephant items you have on hand. Join us with your items to sell or come look around for some great buys. Vendor spaces are free!

FCRV Retiree Rally Variety Show

by George Walters

As always, we are looking forward to new talent.  If you can sing, play an instrument, tell a funny (clean!) story, please consider sharing our talent with your fellow campers 

So, let’s get busy, find a new song, dust off that instrument, and join us for a night of fun!  If you can, bring a cd for your background vocals or to play your instrument to a track.  Lawrence Phillips does a great job putting the sound together, so don’t forget to get your CD ready!  Sign up at the registration area!

Food Bank & Lap Robes

by Ashley & Gloria Taylor, Food Bank/Lap robes Chairs

We are coming to you asking for aid and support of the local food bank in Mineola, Texas in March, 2021.  It would help them to be able to purchase more food with cash, but we will take all gifts.  Our FCRV family has always had an open heart to give to the area where we enjoy your rallies.

Are you sewing, knitting, or crocheting?  We are also asking for lap robes.  We’ve been sharing lap robes with local nursing home/hospitals for several years at the Retiree Rally.  We look forward to receiving many this year in Mineola.  Your efforts are so appreciated.

Photo credits…..

Athens sign – By Hot Furnace – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62034446

Black-eyed peas – The County Line Magazine – Black-Eyed Peas: An Athens Original    Dec 21, 2016 Updated Feb 27, 2020

Athens Brewery – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g30193-Activities-Athens_Texas.html

Athens, Texas‘ Black-Eyed Pea Capital’ Home of the Hamburger

by Barb Turner, PR Chair

Intrigued?  About 50 miles from Mineola, Texas, site of the 50th FCRV International Retiree Rally to be held in March, 2021, is the city of Athens.  As noted in the title, Athens is known as the ‘Black-Eyed Pea Capital’ and is the official Home of the Hamburger!  

According to the article “Black-Eyed Peas: An Athens Original”, update in The County Line Magazine on Feb 27, 2020, “Everyone knows the tradition that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day brings good luck, but few may know that they originated in Athens. As the story goes, in 1909 an Athens businessman named J.B. Henry sought a way to help farmers rid the area’s legume crops of weevils by drying them in ovens. Next came the discovery that what was considered livestock feed also appealed to human tastes. Henry was soon dubbed the ‘Black-Eyed Pea King of East Texas.  News traveled fast and before too long; Athens was busily supplying black-eyed peas far beyond East Texas. Canning plants opened in the 1930s and ‘40s to meet the demand.  By the 1970s, Athens had gained the title of ‘Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World.’  The city hosted a pea festival that continued for many years until demand and production lessened. Area farmers and backyard gardeners still grow the peas and Athenians (and millions of others) still pass the bowl of yummy vegetables at mealtimes — all efforts that harken back to the humble legume’s glory years in Athens.”

Official ‘Home of the Hamburger’? Athens history claims that a man known as Uncle Fletcher Davis created the first hamburger in the late 1880’s at a small café on the town square.  Who knew?

Athens was established in 1850 as the county seat and was officially incorporated in 1902. “Athens was named by a step-daughter of one of the founding fathers, Dullcette Averiette, who had a vision that Athens would become the cultural center of the county and named Athens in honor of Athens, Greece.”

With this intriguing history, what attractions await you in Athens?

First, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (5550 FM2495, Athens) combines outdoor education with a production fish hatchery.  The center houses a hatchery, laboratory, aquarium, and education center focusing on underwater wildlife in the state’s freshwater streams, ponds and lakes. It serves as home base for the ShareLunker program, which invites anglers to donate trophy-sized largemouth bass for research and breeding purposes. Take a virtual tour by visiting this link – https://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/visit/virtualtour/ 

The East Texas Arboretum, 1601 Patterson Rd, Athens, comprises 100 acres of natural East Texas with nearly 2 miles of trails through the woodlands.  “Camouflaged frogs, insects, and even deer often scurry away as you pass. Make your way along winding, spring-fed streams connected by a 115-foot suspension bridge.”  Visit the Wofford House Museum on the grounds.  The house is the oldest home in Henderson County being built in 1850.  It was moved to the arboretum and is now restored and fully furnished, complete with culinary and medicinal gardens.  Experience early East Texas when you visit the museum.    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g30193-d3361441-Reviews-East_Texas_Arboretum-Athens_Texas.html

The area is apparently conducive to the growing of grapes.  Check out https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=wineries&find_loc=Athens%2C+TX which lists the 10 best wineries in Athens.  Check them out and plan your visit.

Do craft breweries interest you?  Be sure to visit the Athens Brewing Co. in the heart of downtown Athens at 01 E Tyler St., in an old historic building on the town square.  The info says they have 8 brews on-tap.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g30193-d10587482-Reviews-Athens_Brewing_Co-Athens_Texas.html 

Add Athens to your ‘to-do’ list when you are East Texas for the 50th Retiree Rally in March.  Visit the attractions listed above, or just wander downtown historic Athens.  Hopefully, we’ll see you in March in Texas!

Campvention 2022


by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

For those that plan on coming to Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado and plan to tour the beautiful state of Colorado you might want to think about making your reservations early if you plan on camping in a State Park or a National Park  

With over 4,000 campsites in Colorado State Parks located throughout the state, you would think you would not have a problem camping at a State Park.  Think again; camping is so popular in Colorado that if you don’t make your reservations at least six months in advance, you probably won’t get a site especially at some of the most popular state campgrounds.

This is the same if you plan on camping in Rocky Mountain National Park.  You need to make your reservations six months in advance.

A variety of outdoor recreation opportunities at Colorado State Parks or Colorado National Park complete the perfect outdoor escape.

To make reservation at a State Park in Colorado visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website:  https://www.cpwshop.com/ or call 1-800-244-5613 six months in advance. 

To make reservations at Rocky Mountain National Park visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/camping.htm or call 877-444-6777 six months in advance.


by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

Who likes to transport buckets and bags of pop tabs to Campvention?  For one thing they are heavy and take up room.  We have decided that we don’t want anyone to have to transport their pop tabs to Pueblo, Colorado from all over the country.  

Instead, we are asking you to take them to a Recycling Center between May 15, 2022 and June 15, 2022, get them weighed, obtain a receipt for pounds and the dollar amount.  Then take the donated amount to your local Ronald McDonald House or similar charity.  Don’t forget to make a copy of the receipts and bring them to Campvention.  Make sure you annotate the receipt with your state or chapter and state.  This will make it much easier for all, and you won’t have to cart that extra weight.  

Once you arrive at Campvention, there will be a box at Registration for you to put your receipt in.  Those will be tallied and announced during one of the evening programs.


by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

This year at Campvention we will have a ‘Memory Board’ for anyone who desires to post a picture in remembrance of a member, loved one, or a relative.  Pictures should not be any larger than a 4 by 6 inch.  Don’t have a picture or if you forget to bring one, that’s ok.  We will have some index cards available that you can fill out and post.  Please retrieve your pictures by Friday, July 15th by noon.

Rocky Mountain Summer Camp Hello Message

Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Hiya, Campers and Parents! 

It’s your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez again.  We are excited to see that some families have already registered and there will be some youth attending the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp.  We are so excited to see you next summer in Pueblo, Colorado, at the 2022 Campvention hosted by Region 1! 

           We have many fun crafts, games, and activities planned for all those 12 years and under.  So, don’t forget to register for the 2022 Campvention! (A copy of the Youth Registration form that will be turned in at Campvention, can be found within this issue)

Also, be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the crafts and activities that will take place at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp.   Want to know more, check out Camping Today and the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook group. 

           We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email [email protected]

See you soon!


by Allison Moore

Interested in raising money for your Chapter by selling your Chapter projects, OR for yourself by selling your own craft/hobby items or other merchandise? 

Now is the time to make your plans and register for the ‘Marketplace’ when you attend Campvention 2022 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado, July 10 -15, 2022.

There is not a fee for Chapters; however, there will be a $15.00 fee charged for Individuals.  Space is an eight-foot space which includes one eight-foot table. If a second table is needed, there is no charge for Chapters, but an additional $10.00 is required Individuals for a total of $25.00.  There is a two-table limit.  If supplying your own table, the charge for the space is still the same.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER is May 15, 2022.  Individuals, include your check with your registration and make payable to:  Colorado Chapters of FCRV. Annotate Marketplace on the bottom of the check.

Further information or questions, you can e-mail Allison at [email protected] 
Mail your Marketplace form to: Allison Moore, 10636 Niagara Street, Littleton, CO 80124

Visit Colorado Springs

by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

Campvention 2022 is beckoning you to Pueblo, Colorado next July.  The campvention committee is preparing a wonderful experience for our FCRV attendees.  Activities, entertainment, fun, and fellowship await you.  

Journeying to Colorado also opens up so many ‘things to see & do’ as we’ve noted in past issues of Camping Today and will note in upcoming issues till the event.  With that in mind, Colorado Springs will be highlighted this issue.

Colorado Springs is about 45 miles via I-25 from Pueblo, site of Campvention ’22.  At an elevation of 6,035’, it lies at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains.  If offers many opportunities to visitors, many more than this space allows.

The Native American Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne tribes are recorded to have inhabited the area.  With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, exploration began.  Exploration and the discovery of gold in the Pikes Peak area brought waves of new inhabitants.  Explore the history of Colorado Springs at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Colorado_Springs,_Colorado to prepare you prior to your visit.

What to visit?  Check https://www.visitcos.com/things-to-do/ to note things & places that would be of interest to you.  There are so many options.  At this time, I’m going to share a few, not near all.

When one thinks of Colorado Springs and views Colorado Springs on approach, Pikes Peak draws the most attention.  “Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in North America at 14,115’.  It is 12 miles west of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the town of Manitou Springs lies at its base.”  Pikes Peak was the symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush to Colorado with the slogan ‘Pikes Peak or Bust”!  It is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike, who, it is said, never reached the summit.   How to visit?  Driving, cog railway, and even hiking.  We personally enjoyed the cog railway so we both could take in the scenery.  The wife of one of Jim’s college roommates hiked it.  She said there is a nice trail.  That is not an option for most of us!!  Learn about Pikes Peak at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqZUqlAv-g0.

The Garden of the Gods is a ‘must-see’.  The red-rock formations are a result of geological upheaval millions of years ago.  Drive through, stop & explore the many shapes and rock formations.  A hint: explore the Garden of the Gods at sunrise or sunset when the colors are most intense.  It is such an inspiring, wondrous area that nature created.  Check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LkSv4lrni0 

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center (1 Olympic Plaza) in Colorado Springs is attraction that you might want to include in your Colorado visit.  The website says, “The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center programs. USA Swimming and USA Shooting have their national headquarters on complex. More than 15 other member organizations, as well as two international sports federations and the USOPC headquarters are also located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center is able to provide housing, dining, training facilities, recreational facilities and other services for more than 500 athletes and coaches at one time on the complex. Athletes are selected to train at the Colorado Springs OPTC by their respective National Governing Body.  The Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center is home to sport facilities and support services for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American sports.”  We personally have visited a couple of times over the years.  Note:  at this time the facility is closed to tours due to Covid-19.  Hopefully, it will be open for tours in July.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Us5Tz6REjI

The United States Air Force Academy is found along the Front Range in Colorado Springs.  Officer cadets are trained and prepared to leadership positions in our United States Air Force & United States Space Force.  The academy is the youngest of our military academies.  The first class graduated in 1959.  The Academy is a college, but it is so much more.  Plan on touring the academy while you are in Colorado.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oIFIsD7BDo to prepare for your visit.

Lastly, for this article, Magic Town (2418 W Colorado Ave) in Old Colorado City (in Colorado Springs), is a unique attraction that we found in 2019, the last time we were in Colorado Springs.  It is described as a “Unique venue with realistic, small-scale dioramas of city life rendered with special effects.   Magic Town is a 3,000 square-foot miniature city that combines hundreds of intricately detailed sculptures and cityscapes with magical elements to create one of the world’s truly unique attractions.”  Magic Town is the creation of Michael Garman who passed away last month.  He was an amazing man, an amazing artist.  (https://www.michaelgarman.com/about/)  Suggestion: when visiting Magic Tour do the ‘scavenger hunt’ as you’ll appreciate Garman’s displays so much more.  We spent more time than we would have anticipated and appreciated the interesting displays of everyday life so much more.  Be sure to look down the alleys!  Watch for the holograms!  Watch Michael Garman explain his creation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF87ijEXpqc.

Campvention 2022 in Pueblo and Colorado Springs offer many opportunities next summer.


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Regional, State & Chapter Event Schedule and Recaps

Bizzy Beaver Makes a Comeback for Conservation


Chris Fullerton recently posted a picture on Facebook that reminded FCRV members of the FCRV Conservation Program. Since it’d beginning NCHA/ FCRV has promoted many forms of conservation with the mascot, Bizzy Beaver. Bizzy hasn’t been seen much lately and his ranger hat now says FCRV, not NCHA. This doesn’t mean that FCRV has forgotten about its Conservation Program. States, provinces, and chapters continue to volunteer to promote and do projects connected with Recycling, Highway & Park Beautification, Forestry, Water, Soil, and Air, as well as Construction and Restoration, and Conservation Education. Many such projects  have been recognized with awards from both the beneficiary and FCRV. For more information, go to www.fcrv.org, select membership, then programs. If you have participated in a conservation project recently, please send a report  with pictures attached separately to FCRV Conservation Director, Mary Lehnerd [email protected]. You may earn an award. Also send it to Camping Today editor, [email protected].

Utah Conservation Project


 By Bill Bacon, Utah

     In August 2020, Utah members began a conservation project in Ashley National Forest, at Yellow Pine Campground. They worked with the National Forest Service and helped to build about a quarter mile of fence to keep free range cattle out of the campground. They did so while complying with covid restrictions, social distancing, masks, etc. 

     The gentleman in the foreground of the work picture with purple shirt and blue jean shorts leaning on the fence  post had just lost his spouse. The person he is talking to across the fence hd also just lost his. The fact that they attended this fubction leads me to hope that even with some of our losses, our membership will dwindle very little.

Bee Scared Plants the Seed of Environmentalism in Young Minds

Bee Scared Plants the Seed of Environmentalism in Young Minds


OSWEGO, NY, Oct. 20, 2021“Your Majesty,” said the Scout Bee to the Queen of the Bees, “The Honeybees are in trouble. They are disappearing in great numbers!” 

 What will the queen do? Who will she turn to? How will she keep her hive safe from harm? Without bees there will be no fruit, no vegetables and no flowers. 

 Bee Scared, an Old Doc Turtle adventure from author Richard Faith, follows the Queen and her community of family and friends as they try to find a solution to this scary problem. They use music. They call on Auntie Bee. Even Old Doc Turtle becomes concerned! Can your young reader think of any ways to help Auntie Bee save the honeybees?

 This delightful children’s tale delivers a simple lesson about the challenges of climate change and global warming — and the impact on nature’s tiniest but mightiest of creatures — in a way that young audiences can understand. Bee Scared can help you open a dialogue with the curious young people in your life about the importance of conservationism and protecting the future of our planet. 

 Author Richard Faith is passionate about raising awareness regarding the impacts of global warming and climate change. He is also the author of the science fiction series, Megamerse, which features a superhero who fights for Mother Earth. Megamerse has been turned into a screenplay and talks are ongoing with a movie studio. Faith’s other book titles include “I Can Barely See” Said Mandy Manatee, Barkley & Silvia, Crocodilly Lilly: Not so Toothy A Grin and The Owl that Said What.

 Faith is also the executive director of Mother Nature Festival Live Incorporated (http://mothernaturefestival.live), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to educate, inform and inspire everyone to get involved in helping Mother Nature. 

 Bee Scared
Publisher: Jongleur Publishing
ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8652428013
Available from Amazon.com

Storing Your RV For The Winter


By Jim Lewis


Putting that RV away for the winter ?  A couple of items that may be overlooked. Cover the inside cover of the water heater with a plastic garbage bag, and then put the cover back in place. This will keep insects, spiders and mice out. 

Speaking of mice, remove ALL of your food, and non-perishables. Set snap traps, or eco friendly traps and check them every few weeks. 

Make sure your LP tanks are turned off. Make sure you wipe out the refrigerator and leave the door open to ensure you have no mold in the spring.

Check the water level and charge your batteries and remove/disconnect them from your RV. They can freeze if they lose their charge.

Cover your skylights if you park under any trees.

Remove all can food, liquid soap, shampoo, glass cleaner, etc that will freeze and break it’s container and make a mess.

Spring will be just around the corner.

Tips for Winter Driving

Tips for Winter Driving

By Joe Boswell, National DASAT Dir.

Winter is upon us, and the holiday season is underway. You may find yourself traveling about to visit family and friends, now is the time to be prepared for the weather conditions that can change so quickly during this time of year. Some individuals have already experienced their first snow fall, and others have had ice and blizzard conditions. In all cases the more you are prepared the better you will be able to adapt to changing conditions.

Ok, it is snowing outside, some ice has formed on the trees and roadways and you still need to go out for work or other activities.  Driving during the winter months can be very dangerous so here are some helpful thoughts on this very important topic. “If you must travel, consider taking public transportation, if it is available in your community. It is best to travel during the day, verses at night. Never travel alone, and of most importance, let someone know where you are going. When you do travel, stay on the main roads and avoid the back roads as they may be dangerous.”

Before you start your journey, make sure you have plenty of antifreeze and or snow tires (or chains). A full tank of gas is always a great idea during cold weather. Consider carrying a “winter” car kit in your trunk or back seat-where it can be located quickly. In you “car kit” for the winter you should have several warm things which include mittens, a hat, emergency blankets, a sweater or heavy coat, and a heavy waterproof jacket. You also need a windshield scraper, some road salt or kitty litter, and sand to help you get unstuck, when stuck. Useful items include: a bright colored cloth or distress flag, jumper cables, emergency flares, a tow chain or strap, rope, and a shovel. The last items-some non-perishable foods, water, flashlight, and radio.

Here are some suggestions if you get stuck in the snow, or breakdown. First, get off to the side of the roadway if possible. Let people know you have stopped by turning on your flashers, or tie a bright colored cloth to your antenna, door handle or hang it out the driver’s side of the car. Remember to keep this visible for all to see and above the snow line. Stay in your car until help arrives-use your Car Kit that will help you during this time. If you are unable to drive, and the car had been off, start it up about every 10 minutes or so, and run the heater. You may find it necessary to open the window a bit, for ventilation so you do not allow carbon monoxide to stay within the car. For nighttime visibility, turn on the inside light, so rescue crews can see you. Having your flashers on is a good way to let people know you have stopped and are in trouble. If you find it necessary to abandon the vehicle, walk towards a building or shelter-be careful-make sure you can walk this distance safely. When stationary in the car, do some simple exercises this will keep you warm and your blood flowing. If others are in the car, take turns sleeping, and let the other person be on the lookout for rescuers. It is very important that you check to make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow or other objects. Thus, you may have to exit the car and check on this periodically.

All of this information is very helpful for wintertime driving. Most people just go-they have not planned, or do they intend to have anything happened to them while driving in the winter months. Things do happen, the unexpected does occur and are you ready and prepared? Think about it. Prepare yourself, winter driving is very different than summer driving. Winter weather can be very dangerous, thus time used now to prepare may be a life saver later. Safe driving everyone and Happy Holidays!     


 It’s A Disaster! and What Are You Gonna Do About It? 4th edition 2005; By W.L. (Bill) and Janet Liebsch, 1999-2005, A Disaster Preparedness, Prevention and First Aid Manual

Cube Series Debuts Lightweight Foldable Camper


The new unit fits on any standard small or mid-sized pickup and all the tiedowns are on the inside of the bed. The towable will come in at 16 feet in length and weigh less than 1,600 pounds. “It can be pulled by a Prius, or by a Subaru Forester, or a Jeep Wrangler,” Wise said. Both employ a patent-pending folding technology that allows the units to collapse to roughly a third of their “open” size for ease of towing.

“Power actuators put the two sides up – the load-bearing walls – and then the two inside walls are just pushed up manually and lock into place,” Wise said.

Made in Oregon, it will be available at dealerships in 2022.


Solis X, the World’s First Global Smartspot for Travelers

Skyroam Launches Solis X, the World’s First Global Smartspot for Travelers

Skyroam announces the launch of its newest product, the Skyroam Solis X WiFi Smartspot, the first premium portable hotspot with WiFi, remote camera, power bank, and smart assistant


SAN FRANCISCO — July 2019 — Skyroam, the global WiFi company that helps travelers stay connected around the world, announces today the launch of the Skyroam Solis X WiFi Smartspot. The device’s unique combination of global 4G LTE WiFi, remote camera, power bank, and integrated smart assistant now gives consumers the ability to simultaneously see, listen, speak, and connect from down the street or across the globe. 


One thing that all people “on the go” have in common is the fact that WiFi has become like water: they need it to survive. Now, users can do even more, from anywhere! Sharing, browsing, photographing, emailing, tracking, downloading, live streaming- you name it. Whether you’re on a roadshow in Europe and need to find your next meeting or want to let your social media followers in on the best brunch in your hood, the pocket-sized Skyroam Solis X can connect you on the spot. Power bank keeps your devices charged, remote camera captures more candid moments, smart assistant helps keep the itinerary on track, and 16+ hours of battery life ensures you can do it all, all day.


The Skyroam Solis X is the portable digital hub that lets international business travelers, globetrotting families, and everyday social explorers:


  • Connect instantly: Skyroam’s patented Virtual SIM technology connects in over 130+ countries and is shareable on 10 different devices. Fast, 4G LTE speeds, wide range global frequency bands offer a more reliable connection
  • Be your own charging station: The Solis X has a 4700 mAh battery that works as a portable power bank to charge smartphones mid-day and avoid the dreaded 1%
  • Share moments that matter: The Solis X remote camera is 8MP with flash, wide angle view, and self-timer to capture, record, monitor and live stream on-the-go. Control through the Solis WiFi app
  • Do it all from anywhere: Using the Solis X smart assistant, powered by built-in GPS and IFTTT, users can control or automate thousands of apps and services from the Solis WiFi App and Smartspot with a single tap

The Skyroam Solis X comes with the Solis WiFi App, which enables the use of the remote camera, smart assistant feature, and allows users to buy WiFi and manage their hotspot. The combination of Solis X Smartspot and Solis WiFi App provides digitally enthusiastic users with a unique solution to engage in all their favorite connected activities and services. 


“The Solis X was designed to enhance social, family, and travel experiences for anyone who wishes to do more from anywhere,” says Skyroam Founder and CEO, Jing Liu. “By expanding upon what Skyroam does best, we are enabling so many more consumers to stay connected with loved ones, stay powered on, stay socially engaged and stay integrated into their “smart” lifestyle with no geographic limits. We see Solis X as a platform and are excited to see how our customers will use their imagination to bring its possibilities to life in hundreds of new ways.”


Customers can purchase the Skyroam Solis X WiFi Smartspot at $179.99 USD. It’s an easy set-up via the Solis WiFi Mobile App, no SIMs are needed, and customers can simply register, choose their WiFi (pay-as-you-go or subscribe). Finally, activate and share on up to 10 connected devices at once. The original Skyroam Solis product is available for sale on skyroam.com/solis at $149.99 USD. 



Skyroam was founded in Silicon Valley by technology innovators who identified a common pain-point among fellow travelers: getting fast, secure, and reliable mobile internet connection on the road. To solve this problem, Skyroam developed and patented its virtual SIM (vSIM) technology, which delivers on-demand local wireless data through local carrier partnerships around the world. Enjoyed by over 15 million users worldwide, Skyroam’s global hotspots, embedded with a vSIM, enable unlimited mobile WiFi in 130+ countries. Skyroam’s vSIM technology also provides global mobile data access to IoT, M2M, and wearables applications. Visit www.skyroam.com for more information and stay in touch at @MySkyroam on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Skyroam is backed by over $50 million in funding, led by Lenovo Group and worldwide VCs, and is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with additional offices in China, Germany, and the Philippines. Skyroam’s global hotspots are available across the US, Europe, and around the world at retail and airport shops including Lufthansa Worldshop, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Philippine Airlines, BluWire, InMotion Entertainment, Expansys, and vending machines at select airports.


Longtime member Joe Dwigans hit a major milestone of 50 years of NCHA/FCRV membership in October 2020. Unfortunately, we were not able to deliver his certificate until June 2021. Prior to delivering the certificate I received the following note from Mr. Dwigans. “Betty and I were active campers for over 35 years. We wore out 3 pickup truck campers. Raised 4 kids in them. But now I’ll be 100 in October, my wife 94. We’re retired!”

In October I received the following photo from Mr. Dwigans’ son, Dean. It shows Mr. Dwigans celebrating his 100th birthday. Note that the sign reads “WW2 Navy Pilot Joe Dwigans is 100 Today. The second photo was received from Joe’s wife, Betty.

Ernie Karch [pictured above] joined NCHA/FCRV in July of 1966. It was my pleasure to present Mr. Karch with his 55 year certificate in October, 2021. Mr. Karch is also a WW2 Navy veteran. He will be 96 in February 2022.

Grace Trimble celebrated her 88th Birthday  November 24th. She and husband, Jack have been members of NCHA/FCRV for many years and have been very active in PA and National activities, attending Many Campventions and working on committees for those in the Northeast Region and all the ones in PA. Long time residents of Manheim, they rececently relocated in Cloumbia, PA.

Ray and Jewell Shields celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary November 23rd. Formerly from Colorado, they now live in Missouri. Ray Shields was President of NCHA / FCRV 1980 – 1982. Jewell Served on the trustees as National director for several years.


Aaron John Siehl, 49, 11-6-21, Union, Ohio. He was the son-in-law of Dave and Linda Hennie. Dave is the Ohio State Director and Linda is FCRV’s Parliamentarian.  Aaron played hockey and was active with the Megacity Hockey Club and enjoyed attending his son’s sporting events. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cherie (Hennie) Siehl and sons, Brandon and twins, Jack and Eli, also several nieces and nephews. Linda Hennie  said, “ Many of our FCRV friends will remember Brendon, Jack and Eli attending several Campventions with us,” Condloences to [email protected].

Diana Tull, 79, 11-3-31 Wichita, Kansas. Active in KS, FCRV With husband Bill. Kay-O-Tees Chapter. Known for her laugh and outgoing personality. Condolences to [email protected]

Barbara Sherry, 11-11-21, Punxsutawney, PA. Past Field Director with husband, James.


Bob Reese, 81, 11-16-21, Ontario, Canada, Past Ontario Teen Director with wife, Joan, Kingston Road Runners.


Peter ‘Pete’ Brown. 12-1-21, St. Cloud, Florida. Peter and late wife, Jane were a fixture in  NCHA/FCRV for many years and were very active in the Retiree Program and rallies in leadership positions. The Browns were elected as International Retire King & Queen at the 1997 rally at Palm Beach.

Jennifer Servant, 47, 10-28-21, Colorado Springs, CO, due to Covid. Daughter of Heddy and Ron Servant, CO FCRV. Both Parents survived covid, earlier. Condolences to [email protected]

Francis WALKER, 75, 10-25-21, Fostoria, Ohio. Navy Veteran, Active in Ohio Teen program with wife, Dawn and daughters, Lisa and Angie.

Richard Ludington, 10-24-21, Westhaven Connecticut. Camped with his sister, Cindy Mainoff and her husband, Robert, Happy Wanderers Chapter CT.

Loraine Young, 11-2021, Ontario. Wandering Canadian Chapter with husband, Bill. Known for her drawings.

Bob Deshone, 84, 12-22-21, Saginaw, Michigan.Active in communit Organizations, Timber Town Travelers Chapter, Elected International Retiree King & Queen in 2017 at the Canton Texas Rally.

Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Keeven, 78, Chesaning, Michigan. Showboat Wheelers Chapter, Mother of Kaylene VanWagner.