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September 2018 Minutes

posted Sep 13, 2018, 7:17 AM by Connie Farrar

Thousand Trails of TEXAS Chapter Meeting

Smitty Smith (Past President) calls the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m. and acknowledge the new President. Paul Pacior, turning the meeting over to him.


Paul Pacior led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Connie Farrar gave the Invocation.


Paul explained the proper way to pronounce his last name, “Pasher”.

He explained that only one person at a time has the floor.  He will stop the discussion on the floor and wait until those talking among their selves finishes before continuing the discussion on the floor.


The following members were present:  Connie Farrar, Dee Hanson, Larry/Dianna Huff, Bill/Dory Johnson, Dale/Winnie Johnson, Fred/Lou Kennedy, Carl/Mary Mittag, Glenn/Anita Noles, Paul/Karen Pacior, Cecil/Margie Roberson, Smitty/Mary Helen Smith, Jim/Ruth Vaught, Jimmie/Joan Watson, Pat Watts.


Ron & Ellen Norton were acknowledged as new members. The Guests present are Al & Cathy Cooper, Melvin & Helen Carlton.


Wagon Master Boots were presented to Connie Farrar, Carl & Mary Mittag and Jimmie & Joan Watson


During the Meeting, Cassidy Rodriguez, Lake Whitney’s Manager welcomed us to the park. Her team is working hard to improve the sites. She says working on the backside first is important.  New security gates will be up and working soon. Twenty-five sites will be updated with 50/30 amp this fall and twenty-five more in 2019.


Cassidy provided new round tables in the Event Center.  It made playing games such as Mexican Train or FastTrack so much better than on the rectangle tables.  Everyone enjoyed the Sunday breakfast of bread, juice, fruit and yogurt, she provided.


We also need to thank her for the boat ride on Friday and letting us have the use of the Fillin’ Station and Event center for our rally.  She makes the Wagon Master’s job a breeze.


Lake Whitney Thousand Trails has always provided us with an awesome rally.


New Officers for 2018-2020 are Paul Pacior – President, Barbara Spade – 1st Vice President, Joan Watson – 2nd Vice President, Anita Noles – Treasurer, and Connie Farrar – Secretary.  Our National Director is Fred Kennedy and Alt National Director is Rodger Donnelly.



Connie Farrar, Secretary moved the March Minutes be approved as emailed.  Seconded by Dianna Huff. Approved


Anita Noles gave the Treasurers Report.

Beginning balance as of May 1, 2018             $3,685.41

Deposit of                                                             $   612.09

Ending Balance as of Sept 1, 2018                  $4,185.05


1st Vice President, Barbara Spade was not able to attend in person but gave her report via phone.

Update of Colorado River

        There are new 50/30/110 site in the lower section of the park.

        ELS has visited the park and are happy with park and are considering several improvements.

        Marty Scoggins, the Park Manager has been diagnosis with cancer and will be receiving treatment.

        Marty would love to have cards.  Marty Scoggins, 2545 Ballard Dr., Paris, TX 75460.

        Colorado River would love to host one of our rallies. Activity Center is available and lots of

      restaurants are in the area.


November rally will be at Thousand Trails Medina on November 9-11.


2nd Vice President, Joan Watson reminded us that Fred and Lou Kennedy will be the Wagon Masters for November. Their assistants are Glenn & Anita Noles and Bill and Dory Johnson. 


Pat Watts, Paul and Karen Pacior agreed to assist the Wagon Masters for January Rally.


Fred Kennedy gave us the National Directors report.

The FMCA 98th International Convention was at the State Fair grounds in Gillette, WY on July 18 – 21, 2018. There were 1559 Family Member coaches, 217 Commercial Member coaches, and 497 First Timers.  There were 217 show coaches, 14 seminar rooms and more vendors with all kinds of things to buy.


Several of our members are involved in FMCA Convention as Cadre and Volunteers: Larry Huff, Trams Captain, with Smitty and Mary Helen Smith on the Trams crews, Rodger and Diana Donnelly on the parking crew, Dianna Huff as Captain of Safety.


Fred and Rodger attended the Governing Board meeting on July 18th. There were 381chapters present for voting.

1.       We approved to proceed with the proposed FMCA remodel to admit towable owners in the Association.

2.        Approved a budget that will permit us to grow.

3.       Approved several housekeeping items listed in the 98-page Governing Board Book.

4.       Approved the FMCAssit funding to be taken out of the cost of Operating Budget not the investments.

5.       Approved the mission statement wording.


Dates to put on your phone calendar

                September 19-22, 2018      Six State Rally in Shawnee, OK

                November 9-11, 2018        November Rally at TT. Medina Lake

                                                                Wagon Masters will organize rally and appoint members to help.

                                                                Please follow the directions given in Rally Notice.

                                                                Example: Windshield Washing crew.

                March 13-16, 2019             FMCA 99th International Convention in Perry GA

                August 14-17, 2019            FMCA 100th International Convention in Minot, ND

                                                                Governing Board Meeting

                                                                100th Party

                                                                Election of New Officers


Old Business

                No old business.


New Business

Lake Conroe Thousand Trails has facility problems. They are down to only one building for activities. How can we handle the issue?

·         No separate location for our meeting or activities?

·         Do we attend their activities?

·         Where do you play our games?

·         Do we purchase meals at Lake Conroe restaurant if available?

·         If restaurant is not available, do we cater, potluck, or go to local restaurants?

·         Do we purchase meals separately or does chapter cater?



·         Change our rallies dates, so we are not there during their busy season.

·         Change where and when we have our rallies. Right now, January is Conroe, March is Colorado River, May is Texoma, September is Lake Whitney and November is Medina Lake.

·         Could we add a second meeting to Lake Whitney? 

·         Could we change when we meet at Colorado River and Lake Conroe due to snowbirds filling up the parks? 

·         Bay landing Thousand Trails is not available due to some members who are not NACO/Thousand Trail members and Lake Tawakoni only has 30-amp sites.


Minimum Requirements Needed:

·         Separate location for business meeting

·         Area with 5-7 round tables for nightly games

·         Area for 4 meals

·         Budget price for 4 meals not to exceed $20.00 per person.


Decision was to have Barbara Spade contact Terry Munoz, Regional Manager of Thousand Trails for his suggestions during his visit to Colorado River Thousand Trails. Perhaps later a face to face meeting with him and Paul Pacior, our President.


Class B License

Do we need one?   What are the requirements?  Do we need to take a written test and a driving test?

Paul will investigate the requirements and email out the information.


FMCA Monthly report:

Paul emailed 120 invitations to new FMCA member who joined in the month of June.  He will be emailing 100 plus for July.


Dianna Huff moved to donate $100.00 worth of candy to Whitney fire dept for their Pioneer Day float. Seconded and approved.


Adjourn @ 11:34