Cardinal Virginians' History

Family Motor Coach Association was formed in July 1963, in Hinckley, Maine. Twenty-six motor coaches gathered there to view a solar eclipse.

The Cardinal Virginians Chapter of the FMCA was formed on May 7-9, 1993, at Glen Murray Campground in Buena Vista, Virginia. Most of the charter members have come and gone because of death, giving up their coaches, or for other reasons.

Our chapter has a rally each month (usually on the third weekend of the month) from April through Octomber. Rallies have varied themes, activities, lots of fun and always good food. The bond of friendship was always present at each event. During the twenty five years, members have camped all over Virginia, other states and Canada.

The Fifth Anniversary celebration was held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, May 15-17, 1998. For "our gifts", the members gave books to a children's hospital.

The Fifteenth Anniversary was held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA, May 16-18, 2008. There were 21 coaches that camped plus 22 who came just to the luncheon. A total of 62 attended. Connie and Don Bradley were the chairs for the event. Judy Czartsy - Eastern VP and her husband attended. Judy presented the club with the 15-year certificate.

The Twentieth Anniversary Rally was held at Walnut Hills/KOA campground in Staunton, VA, May 17-19, 2013. The luncheon was at the Old Robert E. Lee High School in downtown Staunton. The meal was catered by Now You're Cooking. The gift was a commerative ornament. Harp music was provided by Ms. Sarah Ward of Waynesboro, VA. There were 52 in attendance at the luncheon with 13 coaches camped.

The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Cardinal Virginians chapter was celebrated at Misty Mountain Campground in Greenwood, Virginia on June 15, 2018. Seventeen coaches (33 individuals) attended the celebration and participated in the events throughout the weekend. The formal dinner was held on Friday night. Eight additional guests came for the dinner. After dinner the chapter was presented with the 25 year Certificate of Accomplishment from FMCA. Details of the 25th Anniversary Celebration are listed here.

Charter Members

There were 55 charter members when the Cardinal Virginians chapter was formed. Most of the charter members have come and gone because of death, giving up their coaches, or for other reasons. A list of the charter members is available here.

Past Presidents

There have been fourteen presidents during the past twenty-five years. A list of past presidents is available here.