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Family Motor Coach Association LogoFamily Motor Coach Association, an international organization for motorhome owners, has announced the results of the national officer election that took place during the group’s 86th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase in Madison, Wisc., in August.

These four nationally elected officers will serve the group for the 2011-2013 term:

Full-time RVer Charlie Schrenkel has been elected to serve as president of the association. Allen Rein of Canon City, Colo., was elected as national senior vice president; Vicky Ferrari of Titusville, Fla., will serve as national secretary; and Wil Young of Flowery Branch, Ga., will serve as national treasurer.

The FMCA national area vice presidents who will serve the association during 2011-2012 are: Charlie Adcock, South Central; Andy Balogh, Northwest; Bobby Donald, Western; Paul DuBois, Northeast; Sonny Gillespie, International; Ralph Marino, Southeast; Harry Montgomery, Rocky Mountain; Bob Nebel, Midwest; Otho Tew, Eastern; and Jon Walker, Great Lakes. Connie Pool is the immediate past president.

FMCA is a member-owned and member-governed organization, and its national officers serve on a volunteer basis.

FMCA also has announced that Chris Lusk has been tapped to fill the staff position of Events Manager for FMCA. Chris brings to the position his own extensive background and knowledge and has worked for FMCA since 1994. Lusk will oversee the association’s Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase events, among other duties.

Jerry Yeatts, formerly director of conventions and membership services, now will focus attention full-time on FMCA’s membership services and benefits.

“Chris will be able to rely upon his own experience as well as Jerry’s knowledge and expertise in the event planning area so that FMCA members can continue to enjoy the fantastic conventions they have come to expect. Chris will do a great job for FMCA and its members as we move forward into the future,” said Bradford Koshland, FMCA executive director. “And Jerry has some great ideas with regard to enhancing the benefits and services offered to FMCA members and for recruiting new members to FMCA. I’m looking forward to seeing these ideas come to fruition.”

A mini-city is sprouting up right here in Madison this week. Thousands of motor home owners are flocking to our area for a national convention. It’s Motorhome mania down at the Alliant Energy Center.

“All total we are expecting about 10,000 folks to be on grounds to enjoy this event. They are just here to have a good time,” said Jerry Yeatts with the Family Motor Coach Association.

The FMCA is hosting the 86th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase August 10 through the 13th.

“It’s a gathering of motor home owners and people who are just RV enthusiasts, people who just love to travel the United States,”

People from all over the country are showing up to share their love of the lifestyle.

The FMCA has events like this all over the country. The last time it was held in Madison was back in 1984.

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PORTLAND, Maine — The day after leaving office following an eight-year stint as Maine’s governor, Angus King hit the road.

For the next 5½ months, King, his wife and their two children lived together in a 40-foot RV, driving 15,000 miles and traveling through 33 states.

The journey was King’s way of making the shift from being “The Man” with a staff, constant press attention and 24-hour-a-day police protection to being “simply a man,” he writes in his new book, Governor’s Travels: How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America The book will be on bookstore shelves in mid-July but can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com

“The trip turned out to be the perfect transition from a job like governor because it was utterly different from what I had been doing, but it was still engaging,” King said. “I didn’t go from the intensity of being governor to sitting in a rocking chair and reading a newspaper. I went to something that was very engaging. But instead of worrying about the Legislature, I was worrying about whether the next RV park had a dump station.”

King was elected governor as an independent in 1994, his first run for public office, and was re-elected in a landslide in 1998. Prohibited by law from running for a third term, he left office in January 2003.

He and his wife decided to buy a motor home equipped with all the comforts of home, take 12-year-old Ben and 9-year-old Molly out of school and embark on an extended, leisurely trip with no specific itinerary. King kept a log during their travels, which he then took to Down East Books.

The result is a 160-page book that chronicles the voyage, which took them from Maine to Florida, then west through the southern states to California, north to the Pacific Northwest and back east through the northern states and Canada.

The book drives home the themes of transition, family and travel, King said, while encouraging people to live their dream.

“It’s amazing the number of people I talk to who get kind of misty about the idea of traveling across the county with their family,” King said. “Either they did it as a kid, they knew someone who had done it or they always want to do it. It seems to be a fantasy many Americans have, and part of the purpose of the books is to encourage people to do it. If I can learn to back up a bus, believe me, anybody can.”

The book will be distributed nationally, said editor Michael Steere.

King, 67, said he’s also going to the Family Motor Coach Association’s annual convention in August in Madison, Wis., where he’ll present a slideshow and try to sell a few books.

“It’s a fun book,” he said. “This isn’t going to replace ‘Look Homeward, Angel’ in high school literature classes, but I hope people will enjoy it from the perspective of travel and RVing.”

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