After careful consideration about the 2021 International Retiree Rally we have made a decision to postpone the Retiree Rally until 2022. Even though many of us have gotten vaccine shots, we feel it might still be too early to be safe. Mineola Civic Center is a more compact facility than we are used to, so we don’t feel we can social distance in the building, even though we would be wearing masks. We just want everyone to feel safe about coming and we want everyone to stay healthy.

Also, our numbers are not up to where they need to be to make this rally feasible.

For those who have made their reservations and have paid their money, then you will be reimbursed a full refund of the amount that you paid.

On March 23, 2021, we would like to host a zoom meeting for anyone who would to attend an Ice Cream Social. It will be BYOIC (bring your own ice cream). So get a cone, bowl, or glass, fill it with ice cream and come join us. For those who don’t know much about getting on a zoom meeting, it is easy. You can call in with your phone, or you can go on the internet on computer, type in join a zoom meeting, and put in the ID number and then password and you are there. If you don’t have a computer, ask your family for help.

Along about March 15 we will send out letters from National with your ID number and password.

If you do not get this letter by the time of the ice cream social then contact Reba Ray and I will give you the information. You can contact me at reba256@yahoo.com or 706-302-6735.

We hope everyone will join us for this Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social will last about an hour.

If you have never attended a Retiree Rally or not retired as of yet and would like to join, then please do so. We want as many people to attend as possible, so everyone is welcomed. This is our way of staying in touch with everyone and seeing everyone we haven’t seen in a couple of years.

If you are new to the retiree rally and would like to ask questions then, after the Ice Cream Social please stay on the zoom meeting and we can take questions and if we don’t know the answer then we will find someone who does.

We have rescheduled the Retiree Rally for 2022 at Mineola, Texas. The dates for this rally will be March 29 – April 4, 2022. Early days will start on March 25. “Fishin for Fifty “

Let’s hope these Vaccines will help and we can get back to our normal routines. We miss seeing everyone and all the hugs we get along the way.

Stay Safe and Keep Healthy
Ronald & Reba Ray
FCRV National Retiree Directors

Retiree Rally 2022

  Details

Date:

March 29 – April 4, 2022.

Early Bird March 25-28th


Location:

Mineola, Texas


Cost:

Early Bird fee is $35.00 per Night Payable at the gate by cash or check.

2 People In Unit $290 ($300 after deadline: March 11)

1 Person In Unit: $260 ($270 after deadline: March 11)

(More prices on registration form)


Event Organizer Contact:

Ronald & Reba Ray
reba256@yahoo.com


Registration Forms:

PDF Form
Online: Not available at this time. 

  Venue

Mineola Civic Center


1150 N Newsom St
Mineola, TX 75773

🗺️ Google Maps


Website:

https://mineolaciviccenterandrvpark.com/


Phone:

(903) 569-6115

Retiree Rally 2022 [September Update]

Retiree Rally 2022
by Reba & Ron Ray, Retiree Directors

Hello to Fellow Campers! The International Retiree Rally is going to happen!!

Mineola Civic Center in Mineola, Texas

March 29 – April 3, 2022.  Early days will begin on Friday March 25

So make your plans to be there.  The registration form is in your Camping Today Magazine.

Ron & I are looking forward to seeing everyone in March of next year.  It will be our 50th Year of Retiree Rallies.  Kip & Jan Cushing will be host for this rally, and they are gearing up to make this a memorable one.  So let’s get those registrations in and plan your trip.

Mineola is a bit smaller than we are used to, but we do promise everyone with full hook-ups and most will be on cement pads.  If it rains, then we should be okay as far as flooding.  

The Civic Center in Mineola has lots of room for everyone to move around without any trouble.

The kitchen will be off-limits, although, they will have refrigerators available if you need to keep something cool for your hospitalities.

If you have never been to a Retiree Rally, we offer you 2 catered meals, ice cream social, games, entertainment and much more.  So bring along your dancing shoes and have some fun.  And remember, you don’t have to be retired to come, but if you do and have children, we will not have any activities for them.  The children will be able to participate in any game that is going on at the rally.

 It’s been a couple of years without a rally, so let’s make this one a RENEW OF FRIENDSHIPS RALLY.

“Fishin’ for Fifty” – that’s the theme.  So we are fishing for FCRV Members who want to come and see all their old friends and family.  

If anyone has a questions about the Retiree Rally, then you can contact us.

See you all in March 2022

Ron & Reba Ray, National Retiree Directors, 706-302-6735 – Reba256@yahoo.com

GAMES IN MINEOLA
by Craig & Shari Weber, Games Chairs

We are planning the usual games for the rally in Mineola. We will be following current CDC guidelines to protect everyone and still enjoy the games.

If you are willing to lead one of the games during the rally, please email fcrvnd@yahoo.com with the gameyou would like to lead. Many hands make the work easier, and everyone has fun.

Cornhole is a game many enjoy. The retirees do not have boards, so we ask that you bring boards; we will need several. There will be a variety of competitive games and the always fun frog races. Bring a fun attitude and competitive spirit to join us throughout the week.

 

FLEA MARKET VENDORS WANTED
by Richard and Frances Jackson, Flea Market Chairs

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!

2022 RETIREE RALLY CHAIRMEN
By Kip & Jan Cushing 2022 Retiree Rally Coordinators kcushing@wi.rr.com

We have contacted most of you that had agreed to be chairman of committees in 2021. Most of you have agreed to chair the same committee in 2022. We thank you very much. If you had agreed for 202l and haven’t been contacted please let us know if you are still willing to chair a committee. Most committees are filled at this time, but there are several committees in need of co-chairman. Let us know if you would be willing to be a co-chairman.

KING & QUEEN CANDIDATES
by Ronald & Jo Hersom, K&Q Coordinators DONE

We are going to have an actual Retiree Rally at Mineola, TX in March, 2022.  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 2022.

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 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). D_johnston01@outlook.com (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 winter—400 E 18th St. Site 9

905 Henry Dr., Marshalltown, IA 50158 Weslaco, TA 78596

641-750-2774 (cell)

rj50158@aol.com

 

 

MINEOLA, TEXAS
by Barb Turner, PR Chair

FCRV International Retiree Rally 2022 is a milestone in the organization…..FIFTY Retiree Rallies will be celebrated March 29 – April 3, 2022 at the Mineola Civic Center, Mineola, Texas.  Rally Coordinators Kip & Jan Cushing are celebrating the accomplishment with their theme for the rally being ‘Fishin’ for Fifty’.  The Mineola Civic Center and RV Park has full hookups with 30 or 50 amps on large, level, concrete sites with green grass.  Fast WiFi!  Shower facilities will be available. Over the next few months, the rally committee chairs will be sharing what to expect in March/April in Mineola in Camping Today.

Mineola is at the junction of U.S. highways 69 and 80, eighty miles east of Dallas in southwestern Wood County.  It came into existence when the railroads laid tracks through eastern Texas in the early 1870s.  Interestingly, in 1873 it was a race between the Texas and Pacific and the International-Great Northern to see which could get to Mineola first. The I-GN reached Mineola 15 minutes before the Texas and Pacific Railroad!  That would have been exciting!  The city government was organized in 1873.  A post office was opened in 1875.  Incorporation came in 1877.  In the 1880s a fire destroyed 18 buildings, but the city didn’t die.  It rebuilt and flourished, and by 1890 there were seven churches, several schools including a free black school, hotels, banks, and businesses.  The population reached 2,000! 

East Texas was in the ‘timber belt’ which made railroad ties and lumber plentiful for the railroads.  ‘In 1879, S. Zuckerman, a Mineola resident, filled contracts for 85,000 ties that were used in the construction of the T&P RR west to El Paso.’  Over the years, Mineola has remained a small East Texas town with several commercial endeavors.  For more of Mineola’s history, check out this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineola,_Texas

Plan on ‘Fishin’ for Fifty’ in Mineola, Texas in March/April, 2022.  More Mineola info and rally info will be shared in the months ahead!  See you in Mineola, Texas in March/April!