We have completed the migration of info previously on our site to a newer version of Google Sites. Whew!
Welcome to the Tiffin Travelers Chapter of FMCA
Who we are - Our chapter of FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) is a non-profit social group of people who own Tiffin brand motorhomes (Class A and C models). Membership is easy: own a Tiffin-made motorhome; and, be a member of FMCA; and, pay a nominal annual member fee to our chapter. We've been "Roughing It Smoothly" since 2009 and have more than 150 member coaches spread throughout much of eastern North America. We're looking forward to meeting you at our next Tiffin Travelers rally or gathering!
What we do - What we do, when we do it, and where we do it are each limited only by the creativity, wanderlust and participation of our members. Our members are most often the volunteer-and-unpaid organizers and hosts of our events, but we won’t turn down the offer of a non-member putting forth the effort to organize our fun. Our fun events are known to us either as a “Chapter Rally” or a “Gathering”. The small difference between the two is defined on the “Rallies and Gatherings” page of this website. Due to the nationwide impacts of Coronavirus, we currently have no activities planned for the foreseeable future.
How to reach us - You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Before doing so, take a look around the information on our web site. We think we have covered anything you might need to know about us or want to know about us either on this page or within the site's document attachments or page links.
How we communicate to our members – We do not use the postal mail for communications. We use only this web site (tiffintravelers.info) and infrequent emails (email@example.com) to keep our members laser focused on the most recent chapter news in a singular source – this web site. In every Newsletter we stress to members the importance of periodically checking this web site for updates (see web page revision dates below). If a member doesn’t check this web site periodically, they will not stay up to date. We do not use other social media forums because of the inherent challenges of keeping official information up-to-date and in synch across multiple outlets. We periodically post a chapter Newsletter on this web site. Our members can refer to the web site for old communications because we archive the Newsletters and also the records of our Rallies and Gatherings.
We are very conscious of member concerns regarding privacy and do not publish our roster on the internet. At least once annually, usually near mid-year, we email the member roster to all members. A full member roster was last emailed to all members May 1st, 2020. Because this is done only once annually, members should keep a copy until the next annual distribution. New members added after roster distribution will receive the next scheduled roster distribution.
How we give back – Our current means of giving back to society is through donations to a certain set of charities defined within the “Standing Rules” page of this website.
When we do – We have no set frequency for our Chapter Rally or Gathering events and we encourage our members to step forward to host throughout the year when they see an opportunity that works into their travel schedule. Often the best locations are those found by a member during their travels, not while staying near their home, and those locations are worthy of a return trip with chapter members. Our version of a planning calendar is the “Rallies and Gatherings” pages of this web site. If we are doing it, you will see it there. If we are not doing it, you won’t see it there.
Where we do – Our Chapter Rally and Gathering locations are dependent only upon the suggestions and participation of our members. Our membership is predominately in the vast area east of the Mississippi River, from Canada to Key West, but we do have a few members outside of that large area. Maintaining membership in such a large area has required we focus our efforts in the east with rare ventures that take us just west of the Mississippi. We have held our chapter Rallies in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida...just to name a few locations. Some of our Gatherings have been in North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts during FMCA International Conventions and FMCA Area Rallies and Allegro Club National Rallies. Remember, often the best locations are those found by a member during their travels, not while staying near their home, and those locations are worthy of a return trip with chapter members (but some of us do live in wonderful places to bring friends to). If you want to rally or gather with our chapter members, name the spot and we'll help you plan it. We have members with lots of experience doing long-distance event planning.
How to join our fun - We are continuing to welcome new members to our chapter. Because we currently have no activities planned for the foreseeable future, potential members may want to periodically check our "Rallies and Gatherings" pages and enroll as a member after the virus concerns subside enough for us to resume activities. To view and print our "Member Enrollment" form, scan to the bottom of this page. The initial enrollment fee of $22 includes the first year of dues. Annual renewals are $12. We accept checks (payable to Tiffin Travelers) or cash (if paying in person).
Regarding annual dues - As a result of COVID-19 causing multiple event cancellations in 2020, the Executive Board of Tiffin Travelers has announced that 2021 dues will not be collected from any member in good standing as of 9/1/20. (See next paragraph for rule pertaining to new members added after 9/1 of each year.) The Executive Board wishes to recognize the continued support of the chapter members during the 2020 year so severely hindered and we all look forward to 2021 as a year we will resume activities. All qualifying members will be reminded of this "2021 dues forgiveness" via email near year-end 2020.
Under normal operating procedures, dues renewals are payable annually on January 1st. New members joining September 1st through December 31st are considered "paid" for the remainder of the current calendar year and all of the coming calendar year. For 2020 dues, a first-notice billing email was sent Dec. 21, 2019 to those owing for 2020. A second-notice email was sent January 30th, 2020 to those yet unpaid. The third and final notice was emailed March 3rd to those yet unpaid. Any unpaid at month-end March 2020 were dropped from the roster and future communications.
Our governance - Our Chapter Bylaws and Standing Rules can be found by links attached to the left or bottom of this page (depending upon your screen reader). The Standing Rules, voted into action by our members during annual business meetings, outline and pre-authorize allowable expenditures from the Chapter Treasury. The focus of the preauthorized expenses is to conduct ongoing and reoccurring business; reward participating members; and, to stimulate new membership. The Chapter Treasury consists of funds collected from enrollment and dues payments of chapter members. Those funds are disbursed in accordance with Standing Rules to best spread their use for the benefit of the many members who created them. The preauthorized expenses are considered partial compensation and assist our goals of the related activities: being less expensive for participating members; stimulating new membership via social opportunities; and, not being money makers for the chapter, the participants, or the hosts. For a chapter "rally" to qualify for subsidies it must be advertised in advance on our website to allow our full membership an opportunity to consider attending. Subsidies for chapter "gatherings" are more restrictive and are limited only to certain FMCA events.
To aid our members in being up to date on chapter happenings: If we are doing it, it can be found on this web site. Our version of a planning calendar is our "Rallies and Gatherings" pages of this web site. Pages found using links on the left side or bottom of this home page were last updated as indicated here. If you see a link noted here as "last updated" since you last looked, click now on that link (found on the left side or bottom of this page).
No new content has been added since the dates shown. However, we recently migrated to a newer version of Google Sites so the site format has changed slightly and a few pics and rally archive documents were lost in the process.
Newsletters - Last updated 1/11/20 (January 2020 Newsletter posted)
Rallies and Gatherings - Last updated 5/19/20 - nothing new, just minor edits of old posts)
Meeting Minutes - Last updated 2/21/19 (January 31, 2019 Minutes posted)
Chapter Bylaws - Last updated 3/17/16 (Revised Bylaws)
Standing Rules - Last updated 2/6/19
Rally Archives and Rally Guide - Last updated 5/19/20 (moved 2020 cancelled events to Archives)
Factory Recalls - Last updated 11/18/19
Tiffin Travelers Names Badges and Clothing - Last updated 1/31/20 (name tag vendor added)
Club pictures - Last updated 10/18/20 (Only a few pics remain after loss during site migration)
Club Officers Elected January 31, 2019 for a term expiring June 1, 2021
President - Frances Fonner, (904) 825-8624, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President - Tom Gulya
Secretary - Carol Mandik
Treasurer - Frances Fonner
National Director - Marge Mazzone
Alternate National Director - Nick Paul
MEMBER ENROLLMENT FORM - To the left is a pdf formatted version of the Member Enrollment form. Click in the upper right corner of it for an active link to a printable copy.
If you prefer to print from a Word doc format, use the image below by clicking in the upper right corner of it for an active link to a printable copy.