Northern Region Chapters - Eastern Area Motorhome Association
First State Travelers GMC Colonial Travelers GMC Dixielanders
20th Century Wagontrainers Allegheny Mountain Executive East Pioneers Ives Runners Penn Coachmen Trail Buddies Thousand Trails East
Tom Hoffmeier Northern Region Vice President
The 20TH CENTURY WAGONTRAINERS (also known as Twentieth Century Wagontrainers or TCW) is an older chapter having been in existence 40 years. This chapter has 187 member coaches and most members live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Rallies are held in those states, surrounding areas, Florida and in South Carolina. The average rally fee is $75 with camping expenses included most of the time. Rallies begin on Thursday or Friday and end on Sunday. Morning coffee begins each day and later in the day there’s a social hour and frequently a potluck. Activities include craft sessions, seminars and games. Members also participate in rallies scheduled and hosted by Creative World. Their newsletter, Wagon Tracks, is published 6-8 times a year. Dues are $15 per year and new members are welcome. Information for ordering name badges is available in each issue of the chapter newsletter. Shirts and pins with the chapter name and logo are available to members and small car flags may be offered in the future. Contact: Richard Russo, 29 Serpentine Drive, Bayville, NJ 08721, 732-269-0170.
Members of the EXECUTIVE EAST PIONEERS chapter perform their patriotic pageant, “One Nation Under God” at area rallies. They have a membership base of 55 coaches and about 30-35 coaches attend their rallies. Their 7 rallies a year, in May through October and in December, are held at locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. Rallies start on Thursday and end on Sunday and each rally is in the $50-$100 range. In addition to games and entertainment, activities include a potluck supper on Friday night and a catered dinner or dining out at a restaurant on Saturday night. Information is provided to members in their newsletter, Executive East Pioneers. New members are welcome. Membership dues are $5 per person and name badges cost $6.25 each. Contact: Mary Gill,24929 Hwy 89, Spartansburg, PA 16434, 814-654-2070.
FIRST STATE TRAVELERS, a Delaware chapter, received their charter in April 2005 and they already have 40 member coaches. Delaware residents are welcome to join this chapter. Dues are $10 per year and name badges are $8 each. A monthly newsletter advises members of rallies and chapter activities. Weekend rallies, which start on Friday and end on Sunday, are held monthly (May to November) in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The average rally fee is approximately $35 per night and includes the camping fee. Members enjoy active activities, baseball, horseshoes, bean bag toss, and tug-of-wars, in addition to dining at local restaurants and sharing potluck dinners. Contact: Jim Hunter
Owners of GMC motorhomes are eligible for membership in GMC COLONIAL TRAVELERS. Members of this club recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, although they were only chartered as an FMCA chapter in 1981. Most members live in Pennsylvania. Chapter dues are $18 per year and an initiation fee applies to new members. They have a rally each month, April - November and a newsletter is published each month during the same period. Weekend rallies are held in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia. Activities include shopping, sightseeing and gathering together for dinners. Members volunteer and pitch in to make rallies enjoyable for all. GMC owners are welcome to join this chapter. Contact: Robert Gilligan, 2820 W. Crown Point Blvd., Naples, FL 34112.
The GMC DIXIELANDERS is a chapter restricted to owners of the classic GMC motorhome manufactured by General Motors Corporation. They have 134 member coaches. Many of the members live in Eastern Area states. Chapter dues are $10 per year and new members pay an additional $10 initiation fee, which includes chapter name badges. Their newsletter, The Dixielanders, is issued quarterly. Approximately 50 coaches attend each of their rallies held in the Southeast during January, May, July and October. Rallies begin on Thursday and end on Sunday. The average rally fee is $30; with camping costs being extra. Activities include meals, seminars and “bull” sessions. Jackets and flags with the chapter logo are available at cost to chapter members. Contact: James Walters, 179 Lorretta Ln, Lutherville GA 30251.
The Ives Runners chapter is an active group that enjoys gathering in Pennsylvania. The group started by camping at the Ives Run campground in the Army Corps of Engineer Park at Tioga, Pennsylvania and then became an FMCA chapter in the Eastern Area.
We now hold two rallies a year. We continue to make Ives Run our annual rally in the fall and in the spring gather somewhere in southern or central Pennsylvania. We enjoy exploring area attractions, gathering around a camp fire, going out to eat as a group and having pot luck dinners (one of our favorite things to do).
PENN COACHMEN Our chapter is one of the oldest in the Eastern area; having received our charter in July, 1969. Our current membership is about 225 coaches. These members reside primarily in central and eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. Weekend rallies are held April through November in the same area and are attended by 25-45 coaches. Special activities, entertainment, meals, etc. are planned in keeping with the rally theme.
Rally fees, excluding campsite expense, are kept to a minimum. A membership directory with rally information and chapter by-laws and standing rules is published annually and sent to each member family. Chapter news is also provided on our web site @ www.penncoachmen. org and through periodic e-mails to members. Dues are $15/year or 3 years/$40 and new members order and pay an additional fee for their name badges. Hats, shirts, vests and jackets with the chapter logo are available. New members are always welcome.
To be a member of TRAIL BUDDIES THOUSAND TRAILS EAST chapter, you must also be a Thousand Trails member. The member base is currently 40 member coaches. Members live from Massachusetts to Florida and as far west as Tennessee. Chapter dues are $10 per year and there’s an initiation fee of $15 for new members which covers the cost for name badges. About 10 or 12 coaches attend the rallies generally held in March, June and September. The average rally fee is $15. Additional camping expenses are not applicable since the rallies are held at Thousand Trails’ preserves. Rallies usually begin on Thursday or Friday and end on Sunday. Activities include events scheduled by the preserve as well as various games, attendance at local events and lots of time for conversation. Flags with the chapter name and logo are available to members. Contact: Peter H. Kamenik, 3 Colonial Circle, North East, MD 21901, 410-287-8440. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org