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July 05, 2016

TO: Northwest Area FMCA Members and Friends

FROM: Kathie Balogh, Northwest Area President – FMCA

With the 2016 Northwest Area Rally, ALL ABOARD FOR ALBANY, in the history books, I would like to thank the Linn County Fair & Expo team, Randy, Kris, Cathy, Ronda and all the staff for welcoming us back to their GREAT facility.

On behalf of the Northwest Area Executive Board, a big THANK YOU to the Volunteers, Attendees, Sponsors, Vendors and Show Coach Dealers for your help and participation in making the 2016 Northwest Area Rally - a rally to remember. Without you and your friendly attitude, we would not have had such a successful rally.

We had plenty of show coaches (134) to dream about.... many attendees fulfilled their dreams! I have been told that some of the sales were to the general public, who came to see what this event was all about. The vendors and seminars were terrific; we will be adding more to our 2017 Rally..to be held at the Cowlitz County Convention and Event Center in the Longview/Kelso, WA area from June 22 – 25, 2017. Family arrivals will begin on Tuesday, June 20th; with departures on Sunday, June 25. Please, periodically, check the Northwest Area website www.fmcanw.org for all updates.

Now it is time to plan for the 94th National Convention to be held in West Springfield, Massachusetts from August 3 – 6, 2016. We have 26 delegates voting for the Northwest Area, which is outstanding! Thank you to all the National Directors, Alternate National Directors and Temporary Delegates for your support of the Area! Our Secretary, Bobbi Radford, will be arranging for us all to park together and have some Northwest fun. Bobbi's email is cooper.radford@gmail.com

In September, Andy & I will be visiting 8 Northwest Chapters that are celebrating Anniversaries. Between the chapter visits, we will be attending the Business and Planning Meeting at the Cowlitz County Convention Center (from September 20 – 22, 2016 ). Remember each chapter may have 2 coaches attending these meetings. Please respond, as soon as possible, to the delegate letter that will be emailed from Bobbi Radford in the next few weeks. Usually, the President and the National Director attend these events, but the President of the chapter may send delegates, if they are unable to attend. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact your Chapter President.

BLAST FROM THE PAST has been chosen as the title for the 2017 rally, but the artwork for the Program Book and Rally Pins need to be suggested. The title was partly chosen by the delegates at our last meeting because of the location near Mt. St. Helen's. We are working with the Visitor's Bureau on tours, etc. If you have any suggestions, please forward them to your Executive Board at kabalogh@fmca.com

The Northwest Area is the very best Area and I am proud to be your President! Thank you so very much for reelecting me! I appreciate all your kindness and support! If you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk, give me a call at 503-530-0166 or email me at kbalogh@fmca.com

Kathie