51st Family & Campers & RVers International Retiree Rally 2023

The 51st Family Campers & RVers International Retiree Rally will be held at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, 5622 US-231, Dothan, AL 36301.  The coordinators are Ron & Reba Ray.  The rally is open to all, not just retirees.

Retiree Rally 2023

  Details

Date:

March 28 – April 2, 2023.

Early Bird: March 24-27, 2023.


Location:

National Peanut Festival Fairground

5622 US-231, Dothan, AL 36301


Website:

https://www.nationalpeanutfestival.com/


Cost:

Before deadline/after deadline:
2 people in unit: $330/$365
1 person in unit: $300/$335

Camp pass on grounds staying in someone’s rv (must pay $10 per day for early days).

2 people $200
1 person $100

Camp pass off grounds:

2 people $200
1 person $100


Event Organizer Contact:

Ronald & Reba Ray – reba256@yahoo.com


Registration Forms:

Pay By Check: PDF FORM
Pay Online: Not available at this time. 

Retire Really 2023 – November Update

Your Hosts Of The 2023 International Retiree Rally!

By: Ron & Reba Ray

5 months and counting until the 2023 International Retiree Rally.  We are making plans for all who can come.  We need those registrations in order to plan for the meals, etc.

The Rally is March 28-April 2.  This means the rally will start on Tuesday (March 28), and you will need to depart on Sunday (April 2).  You will still get your 6 nights of camping as Monday night will be a paid night for you.  We are doing this because we want to have the International Parade on Saturday night because so many people miss this when they leave on Sunday.  We want everyone to see what it is really like to end the rally with a bang. It will be an eventful evening.

On Sunday, April 2, we will have a church service before we leave.  Make sure you plan for that.

Please bring door prizes, as it is fun to see that everyone gets one. 

If your state or province is planning on running a King & Queen, please get your information in to Leon & LaNelle Ishmael.  If you need information or registrations for this, they will have that for you.  This information will need to be in by mid-January which is the deadline for registrations.

We are planning on 3 nights of entertainment along with the home-grown FCRV Variety Show.  So, if you like to sing or have a skit you would like to do, please get with George Walters so he can get it all together.  After the first of the year, I will put the entertainers in Camping Today.

We can always use volunteers with all committees.  If you come and see that you would like to help, get in touch with me and I will find you a job; well, not really a job.  It is fun to work on committees, as you meet so many new people and reacquaint yourself with old friends.   Then the next year ,you will have another friend to greet.  This is a way to get to know everyone.

If anyone has questions about the FCRV Retiree Rally or any question in general, please give me a call, and I will help you anyway I can.  You can contact Reba at: reba256@yahoo.com.

Again, we are gearing up for this rally and are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2023.

Safe Travels to you all.  Ron & Reba Ray

FCRV International Retiree King & Queen Info

By: Leon & LaNelle Ishmael, King & Queen Coordinators

The clock is ticking down. The 2023 Retiree rally will be here before we know it. Time to think about who will be the next
king and queen to represent FCRV.

You do not have to be nominated by a retiree chapter. The nomination can come from your provincial or state organization.

The next step would be to contact us for an application form and information about the do’s and don’ts of your campaign.  Prepare a letter of introduction, telling us about yourselves and your involvement with FCRV that will be read at the rally.

You will want to host a hospitality during the rally. Your state or province will help you with that.  The only requirement for the elected couple is that they return to the retiree rally the following year to relinquish the crowns.

Looking forward to hearing from you.  lanelleishmael@yahoo.com

Retiree Rally Variety Show

By: George Walters, Variety Show Chairperson

Hi all!

We are planning once again to present the  Retiree Rally Variety Show.  The stars of the show are our own FCRV Campers.  Of course, there are many activities and events at any FCRV Rally, and we all have to budget our time, but we want to make this year’s Variety Show the one event you don’t want to miss.  This won’t happen without our wonderful campers participating. I hope that includes YOU! 

Please remember that this is not a contest, but a chance to see your fellow campers in a different light. Many of our member campers have talents that we don’t often get to enjoy. AND IT’S A LOT OF FUN!

So, if you sing, tell a funny (clean) story or joke, put together a skit, dance group (maybe a coordinated line-dance?) or anything else I didn’t think of, get it together and let’s have some fun! Now is the time to talk to your friends about putting together one of these entries.

Sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration Area when you arrive in Dothan.  Now is the time to plan for the Variety Show, and this can be the highlight of the 51st Retiree Rally in Dothan, Alabama.  Will we see you there?  As my dad always said, “I certainly hope so”.

Do you have an idea or do you want to help, please contact me at georgew793@aol.com.

Door Prizes

By: Pat Crow, Door Prizes Chair

Door Prizes.  We all like to receive them. The Retiree Rally never disappoints in this category. It is not too early to be thinking about what you will bring. Please provide a door prize that you, yourself, would be happy to receive. Thank you; looking forward to fun in Dothan, Alabama in March.

Retiree Games At The 51st Rally In Dothan, Alabama

By: Shari & Craig Weber, Games Chairs

Are you planning to get “Nutty” with the “Nutty Campers” and come to the peanut grounds in Dothan?  Get your game on! Or, just come and have some fun. This month I thought I would explain Frog Races.

There are two rows of chairs for 6 people in each row to sit. One row is the anchor row, and the other is the racer. The wooden frogs are on a string tied to the anchor chair. The person in the racing chair opposite the anchor chair holds the other end of the string. When the race starts, the racer will begin pulling on the string to make his frog hop. The first frog to cross the finish line wins! With 6 positions, we will hold as many heats as necessary to allow all to play, then let winners play until we have the final winner. A racer must make sure his frog knows which direction to hop as they sometimes want to go backward!

Remember, if we are going to play corn hole, we need you to bring your corn hole game boards and bags. Check the schedule for time and place at the rally. If the boards are out at your site, you just might get drop-in players.

Anyone interested in helping with a particular game or just in general, please send a message to us at fcrvnd@yahoo.com.

FCRV Retiree Rally Flea Market

By: Richard & Frances Jackson,  Flea Market Chairs

Don’t go ‘nuts’ getting ready for the 2023 Retiree Rally Flea Market!  Start now to gather unused items or crafting items to sell! Flea market booth space will be free.

Visit Eufaula, Alabama In March

By: Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

When attending the FCRV International Retiree Rally 2023 in Dothan, Alabama, visiting Eufaula, about 50 miles north of the rally site, can be added to your sightseeing list. Eufaula lies on the Alabama/Georgia state line on the shores of the Walter F. George Lake, widely known as Lake Eufaula and as the ‘Bass Capital of the World’. Be sure to visit Manny, the 12-foot-tall fish, a 12-foot-tall statue of a Largemouth Bass, on East Broad Street. “The statue is named Manny after lure-maker Tom Mann in honor of his contributions to bass fishing around the globe.” Try ‘wetting a line’ in Lake Eufaula.

The Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Cusseta in 1832, giving up most of their land east of the Mississippi River and opening the region open to settlement. William Irwin purchased most of the land in this area which was known as Irwinton. But as it grew, the name was changed to Eufaula after the Native American tribe that had lived in the area. Eufaula has a rich history that can be discovered on your visit around the Retiree Rally.

So, mansions interest you? Experience the 2023 Eufaula Pilgrimage, March 31 – April 2, 2023!  “Eufaula boasts more than 700 structures listed on the National Historic Register in the Seth Lore & Irwinton Historic District area. The city’s main street, Eufaula Avenue, lined with dogwood, magnolias and oaks, is flanked by antebellum mansions that ‘rise like ornate wedding cakes’, as described by Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell, author of  The Best of Alabama.”  Wikipedia says, “the district includes Alabama’s most extensive collection of intact mid-to-late 19th century small town commercial buildings, as well as the state’s most extensive collection of domestic Italianate architecture.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b943aRmeIDc  will prepare you for your visit.

Classic Revival Shorter Mansion, 340 N Eufaula Ave, (www.eufaulapilgrimage.com)  is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM with an admission of $5 per person. Shorter Mansion is a two-story masonry structure built in 1884 by Eli Sims Shorter, but it burned in 1900. The mansion you will visit was built in 1906. Eli Sims Shorter only lived in the house till 1908 when he died. His widow resided there till 1927. It passed down through the family till it was purchased by the Eufaula Heritage Association at auction in 1966.

Perhaps Fendall Hall,  917 W Barbour St, (www.fendallhall.weebly.com), known for its elaborate murals, will interest you. Fendall Hall was built by Edward & Anna Young in 1860 and has been home to five generations of the Young family. “The Italianate house contains elaborate and rare interior decorative painting dating from the 1880s, complemented by the striking black & white marble floor entry.” Tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM with an admission of $7 for adults; $5 for military.

Perhaps a strange site to visit might be the Fairview Cemetery, situated on a bluff overlooking the river. It contains information from statues and tombstones of many who shaped the history or Eufaula, and it is home to hundreds of different plant, flower, and tree species.

More sightseeing suggestions will be shared in upcoming issues to add to your ‘to-do’ list when you go to the 2023 FCRV

Retire Really 2023 – October Update

Family Campers & RVers International Retiree Rally – What It Is & What to Expect

By: Barb Turner, Rally Publicity Chair

In 1972 the Retiree Program of the organization held its first rally to offer a winter activity for its retired members.  Over the years as camping and RVing have changed and evolved, the rally has also changed.  From the winter months of January & February rallies, the rallies are now held in March.  Also, ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND – retirement is NOT a condition of attendance.  Planning trip south in March?  Include the rally in your plans.

What to expect?  Rally activities include indoor & outdoor games, seminars, commercial area, pet parade, and entertainment.  Also included are two meals and an ice cream social.  The highlight of the week is the crowning of the International King & Queen who reign for a year.

In addition to the rally activities, you might want to take advantage of the Early Days prior to the opening of the rally.  Early Days allow you to arrive early, get set up, and enjoy exploring the ‘things to see & do’ in the area before you get involved in rally activities.

For 2023 the rally is being held at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama March 28-April 2.  Early days begin March 24th

https://fcrv.org/retiree-rally-2023/ is your link to the 2023 FCRV International Retiree Rally.

FCRV International Retiree Rally 2023

By: Ron & Reba Ray, Rally Coordinators

FCRV International Retiree Rally 2023 will be coming up in about 6 months; so, let’s get those campers ready to roll.  The rally begins Tuesday March 28.  The rally will conclude Sunday April 2, 2023 after the non-denominational service.  We are to be off the grounds by 2 PM on Sunday, April 2nd.  Early days will begin on March 24th.  It will be at the National Peanut Festival Fairground in Dothan, AL.

Dothan is a pretty good-size town, with lots to offer.  Lots of shopping, museums and eating places around.  It has 2 RV dealerships, Gander RV and RV Connections.  The people at the Fairground are looking forward to us being there.  They are making lots of plans for us.

As I said in my last letter, the rally will be a day shorter, with all the benefits of a full week.

You will have 6 days of paid camping, 3 Entertainers, 2 meals, Ice Cream Social and the King and Queen Pageant.  We don’t think you will be disappointed in us cutting one day.

We are looking forward in seeing everyone there.  Last year in Mineola was wonderful to see old friends and making new ones.  Let’s make this one just as special.  We think you will like the Fairgrounds there, and there is lots of open land there to sit and enjoy the view.

So, go ahead and get those registrations in, so we know how many to prepare for.

See you in about six months.

Nuts About Dogs Pooch Parade 2023

By: Robert & Rita Letellier, Pet Parade Chairs

Welcome! to the pooch parade.  We will be giving out a gift to all participants.  The winners will receive an award & some surprises which will be given out on awards day.  There will be 5 dog categories:  Most Adorable, Best Behaved, Best Trick, Owner pet-look-a-like and Best-in-Show-dog.  Cats are invited. and the winner will also receive an award and surprises.  The category will be Best-in-Show-cat!  Please come!!!

Door Prizes    

By: Pat Crow, Door Prizes Chair

Door Prizes.  We all like to receive them. The Retiree Rally never disappoints in this category. It is not too early to be thinking about what you will bring. Please provide a door prize that you, yourself, would be happy to receive. Thank you; looking forward to fun in Dothan, Alabama in March.

FCRV International Retiree King & Queen Info

By: Leon & LaNelle Ishmael, King & Queen Coordinators 

The clock is ticking down. The 2023 Retiree rally will be here before we know it. Time to think about who will be the next king and queen to represent FCRV.

You do not have to be nominated by a retiree chapter. The nomination can come from your provincial or state organization.

The next step would be to contact us for an application form and information about the do’s and don’ts of your campaign.  Prepare a letter of introduction, telling us about yourselves and your involvement with FCRV that will be read at the rally.

You will want to host a hospitality during the rally. Your state or province will help you with that.  The only requirement for the elected couple is that they return to the retiree rally the following year to relinquish the crowns.

Looking forward to hearing from you. lanelleishmael@yahoo.com

Retiree Games

By: Craig & Shari Weber, Rally Games Chairs

We are ready to be a little “Nutty” with the “Nutty Campers” coming to the peanut grounds in Dothan. Get your game on! Or, just come and have some fun. Ladder golf, washers, and corn hole will be played in singles and mixed doubles categories. Mixed doubles can be two ladies, two men, or 1 lady and 1 man. Beanbag baseball will be teams of 9. Form your own team or sign up and you will be placed on a team. Come to Frog Races and make your frog “hop” the fastest.

Table games will include chicken foot, Skip-Bo, card bingo, and 5 Crowns (this was quite popular last year).

We have an equipment request. To play corn hole, we need you to bring your corn hole game boards and bags. Check the schedule for time and place at the rally. If the boards are out at your site, you just might get drop in players.

Anyone interested in helping with a particular game or just in general, please send a message to us at fcrvnd@yahoo.com.

Flea Market

by Richard & Frances Jackson,  Flea Market Chairs

Don’t go ‘nuts’ getting ready for the 2023 Retiree Rally Flea Market! Start now to gather unused items or crafting items to sell! Flea market booth space will be free.

Variety Show

By: George Walters, Variety Show Chairperson

Hi all!

We are planning once again to present the  Retiree Rally Variety Show.  The stars of the show are our own FCRV Campers.  Of course, there are many activities and events at any FCRV Rally, and we all have to budget our time, but we want to make this year’s Variety Show the one event you don’t want to miss.  This won’t happen without our wonderful campers participating. I hope that includes YOU! 

Please remember that this is not a contest, but a chance to see your fellow campers in a different light. Many of our member campers have talents that we don’t often get to enjoy. AND IT’S A LOT OF FUN!

So, if you sing, tell a funny (clean) story or joke, put together a skit, dance group (maybe a coordinated line-dance?) or anything else I didn’t think of, get it together and let’s have some fun! Now is the time to talk to your friends about putting together one of these entries.

Sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration Area when you arrive in Dothan.  Now is the time to plan for the Variety Show, and this can be the highlight of the 51st Retiree Rally in Dothan, Alabama.  Will we see you there?  As my dad always said, “I certainly hope so”.

Do you have an idea or do you want to help, please contact me at georgew793@aol.com.

Visit Dothan, Alabama

By: Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

Dothan, Alabama is the site of the 2023 FCRV International Retiree Rally beginning March 28 through April 1, 2023, leaving the grounds by 2 PM on April 2nd.  The early days start March 24th which will give you time to explore Dothan and the area.

Dothan is known as the Peanut Capital of the World.  Why?  The peanut farms in the Dothan area supply about 1/4th of the country’s peanuts, according to Wikipedia.  The peanut is celebrated in Dothan in so many ways, including naming the local fairgrounds the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds where the annual National Peanut Festival is being held November 4-13, 2022 and where our rally will be held in March. 

Dothan is located in the Wiregrass Region of Alabama.  Wiregrass is a tall, wiry grass that is native to the area.  Browsing the Murals of the Wiregrass in downtown Dothan should be added to your list of things to see and do while in Dothan.  The murals depict the history and character of Dothan.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfuBDhOjOG4

Dothan is ranked as Alabama’s 8th largest city after the 2020 census.  It is named after the biblical city where Joseph‘s brothers threw him into a cistern and sold him into slavery in Egypt. The first permanent white settlers to the area were nine families that arrived in the early 1830s to harvest timber.  They named their settlement Poplar Head.  The settlement failed to survive and was abandoned by the Civil War.  “After the war, a local Pony Express route was founded; together with other developments during the Reconstruction Era, the town began to grow. On November 11, 1885, the citizens voted to incorporate, naming their new city Dothan at the suggestion of a local clergyman after discovering that ‘Poplar Head’ was already registered with the U.S. post office for a town in northern Alabama.

On October 12, 1889,[7] Dothan was the scene of a deadly altercation resulting from a dispute over a tax levied on wagons operating within city limits. Local farmers opposed the levy and united in a body called the “Farmers Alliance”. The arrest of some of the alliance’s men led to a riot that left two men dead and others seriously wounded.[8] Chief of Police Tobe Domingus was found guilty of murder and sentenced to ten years in prison. Appeals to the Alabama Supreme Court resulted in a new trial,[9] and Domingus was acquitted.[10]

Expansion and growth

Farmers turned to peanut production, which was successful and brought financial gain to the city. It became a hub for the production and transport of peanuts and peanut-related products.[11] Today, one-quarter of the U.S. peanut crop is harvested within 75 miles (121 km) of Dothan.[11]

Looking up Foster St. toward downtown Dothan

The Southern Company constructed the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Generating Station near the city between 1970 and 1981; this 1,776-megawatt facility generates about 13,000 gigawatt-hours (47,000 TJ) per year.[12

This quaint little city in Alabama that is fondly known as the Peanut Capital of the World. The peanut farms from the surrounding areas supply almost all of the country’s peanuts, so it is not surprising that Dothan celebrates the humble peanut in every way that it can.

Dothan is located in the Wiregrass Region that is named after the tall, wiry grass that is native to the area. The city is full of interesting history and rich in culture. It was once a derelict and forgotten place, but has gone through a period of rejuvenation over the last couple of decades!

Visit one of the many museums that preserve the rich heritage of the city, a park that displays the natural beauty of the area, or theme park that entertains the whole family. Each year the city hosts the largest peanut festival in the country! And if you aren’t able to make it, you can still check out these other awesome things to see in Dothan, Alabama.

Retire Really 2023 – September Update

FCRV International Retiree Rally Changes in 2023

By Ron & Reba Ray, Rally Coordinators

 

Hello Fellow Retirees and Friends,

In just a few shorts months, we are gearing up for the 2023 International Retiree Rally in Dothan, Alabama.  The dates are March 28-April 2, with early days to start on March 24.

You don’t have to be retired; come and join us.

So come early, as this is a new place to explore, and they have a lot to see.  There are peanut men all around the city; we will try to get maps for you to find each and everyone.  They also have murals all over the city, and there are maps for those, also.  We will have those available

for you on the early days so you can have something to keep you busy.  They have many shops, antiques shops,  shopping mall and many other things to see.  There are 2 RV dealerships there if you are in the mood to trade campers.  Doesn’t hurt to look.  One is just north of the fairgrounds.

We are changing things up a little at the Retiree Rally this year.  You will still get all the perks at this rally; we are just making it a day shorter.  Since Monday night will be included in your stay a for the week, we will have opening ceremonies Monday Evening; so, plan to be there.  We will have Entertainment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; the variety show is still on Thursday night.  The King and Queen Ball will be on Friday Evening.  The Grand Finale will be Saturday night with the International Parade.  As over the years, a lot of people are leaving on Sunday, and they miss the International Parade.  To me this is one of the better parts.  Everyone will be leaving the fairgrounds on Sunday.  We will be able to have a church service before we have to leave. Everything else will go as usually planned.

Last year in Mineola, Texas, we had a great time.  It was a trying time to get everything back to normal. So, let’s make Dothan’s Retiree Rally even better.  We are looking to have a good crowd there.  If you have never been, then give us try; we think you will like it.

Ron and Reba Ray will the Coordinators for this Rally along with David & Jackie Jurek as Co-Coordinators.  We have a good group of people who are chairman and co-chairman.  We are looking forward to working with each and every one of you.

We will try to post the updates as time goes by until the rally.  Keep up with the updates in the Camping Today.

See you in Dothan, 2023

Variety Show

By: George Walters

I am glad to be hosting and organizing the Variety Show at the 51st 2023 Retiree Rally. As you all may know, this year it is being held at the National Peanut Festival Fairground in Dothan Alabama. The dates are March 28 to April 2, 2023.  The early days are March 24 to March 27.

One highlight of the Rally is the entertainment.  Included in the entertainment is our Variety Show, put on by our very own campers. It’s always fun to see the talents of our very own campers.  Many of our FCRV members have talents that our campers don’t realize we have.

How ‘bout we keep them hidden NO LONGER?

So if you can:

  • Sing
  • Play an instrument
  • Tell a funny (clean and short) story
  • Get a group together (maybe line dance?)
  • Put together a short skit
  • Do anything I didn’t think of

Please consider joining in the fun. And remember that this is NOT a competition.
Sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration table.

Let’s keep this tradition alive and have fun at the same time!

George Walters
Variety Show Chairperson

FCRV International Retiree King & Queen Info

By: LaNelle Ishmael

 

The 2022 Retiree Rally is behind us as is Campvention 2022. I am guessing most regions have had their regional rallies. Now it is time to start thinking of next March’s FCRV International Retiree Rally. As Leon and I have taken over the king and queen coordinators, we would like to encourage you to be thinking of running from your state or province in 2023.

Let me take a moment to tell you what it meant to me when we ran in 2012. First, it was a great honor to be chosen by South Carolina to represent them. As we were campaigning at the rally, we made new and lasting friendships that might not have happened. When we were elected, we felt humbled that so many had given us support. We attended the summer Campvention in Canada to cut the ribbon for opening ceremonies. We probably would not have gone otherwise. If not, we would have missed out on several unique experiences we had during the week. We traveled to other state’s campouts and made many new friends of people who never attend the rallies. We saw many interesting places that we would not have ever thought of going to.

Most people think they must travel if elected, but the only thing asked of you is, if at all possible, to return the following year to relinquish the crowns. Leon and I traveled because being newlyweds it was like a long honeymoon.

If your state or province would like to run a couple for 2023, please contact us for the forms. We are setting a deadline of January 30, 2023 for forms to be in to give time to order trophies and get the program set up. Contact information: leon_ishmael@yahoo.com 515-520-7958

Thanks, LaNelle Ishmael