Ad sales. Newsletter out. FMCA.

Cheryl Ringer stopped us in our golf cart this afternoon to tell me she had just come from 3A Automotive Service on Hatcher, where she had some work done. Cheryl talked with the manager about advertising in our newsletter and he seemed positive, so I followed up this afternoon. I left him a copy of the February issue so he could see what it looks like and it sounds like he would be interested in advertising. Way to go, Cheryl!

Fran Hedrick brought me a business card for her chiropractor a couple of weeks ago, saying he was interested as well, and I met with him back then. I need to check back tomorrow. I am encouraging residents to bring me possible advertisers from among the businesses they go to.

Also, Elaine had a prescription to pick up at Walgreen’s at 35th Ave and Dunlap so I went there as well. While there I talked with Kevin Coupe, the store manager, about advertising with us and he is also interested. They used to a year or so ago. He said they would also be interested in donating items for raffles, events, and so on. This could be a benefit to our community.

All the newsletters have been distributed in the Park – about 360 of them. Elaine and Mary McDougale did A through E Streets, Dale and Betty Stroh did the doublewide section, and Bill Russell and Vaneddie Jones did the RV section. Thanks, all!

The latest issue of Family Motor Coaching, the monthly magazine for the Family Motor Coaching Association (FMCA) came in today and I read it. Actually, it was more of a skimming than a reading. Now that we have decided to sell our motorhome and quit RVing I don’t have as much interest in the technical articles and even less in the articles about new coaches. I did find some interesting recipes and Elaine asked that I scan them or tear them out.

I have started cancelling my RV-related subscriptions and memberships, asking that they not be renewed at the end of the current term. Since several are on automatic renewals this is important! We joined FMCA right at the start, since I knew they have a strong voice in the field and I wanted to support them. We also joined the Winnebago International Travelers (WIT) when we bought our Itasca Sunrise, and the Allegro Club when we bought our Tiffin Phaeton. We joined the Good Sam Club/Camping World and also have various insurances through them. Passport America provides 50% camping fees in many instances and is a good bargain for an annual fee. We joined the Freightliner Chassis Owners Club when we bought the Phaeton and I was Webmaster for that club for several years. We also are KOA VKR members which gives us a discount on KOA fees. We have been Escapees (Escapees RV Club) since 2007 and used their excellent mail forwarding service all that time – especially when we were full-timers. We have also been members of various other groups and clubs over the years and have dropped out of them some time ago. When I get into things, I get all in! All this is part of our withdrawal from the active RVing life we once led. Each step gives me a twang, but not for long.

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