Campvention 2014: Moonlight In Vermont Essex Junction, Vermont – July 7 – 11, 2014

The 54nd Campvention, hosted by Region 5, was held in Essex Junction,VT, July 7- 11, 2014. The theme was “Moonlight In Vermont.”

Campvention Activities

326 families attended with 309 units on grounds, 19 camp passes, and 2 day passes totaled 747 people attending FCRV’s 54th annual Campvention Monday, July 7 thru Friday, July 11 in Essex Junction, Vermont. There were 51 First Timers. Top attendance was Ontario with 70 units, New York with 49, and Connecticut with 43. A few cloudy and rainy days were offset by the same number of sunny days and pleasant evenings. Although a non-denominational church service was held on Sunday, an early day, the official opening ceremony was held at 8 a.m. The Executive Board met Sunday afternoon. Monday morning. Ron Wright began with a tribute to U.S. and Canadian veterans followed by the posting of the U.S., Canadian, and FCRV flags. Following a prayer by Chaplain, Dennis James, both National Anthems were sung by John Stiegler and Terry Miller and the state and provincial flags were presented. The Trustees were introduced. International Retiree King and Queen, Dick and Kathy Buresh held the ceremonial ribbon which was cut by Miss FCRV 2013, Hannah Robb. Prior to closing, Ron Wright paid tribute to his longtime friend and Campvention Chairman, Lloyd Humphrey who died unexpectedly on June 17. A very touching video presentation showed Lloyd and Kay Humphrey who were also Northeast Regional Directors, at work and play with FCRV. President, Dave Ludwig welcomed everyone and thanked Ron and Barbara Wright who were Campvention Co-chairmen for “pulling things together” and heading Campvention. Shari Weber presented Expo Manager, Tom Oddy a certificate making the Champlain Valley Expo Center an honorary FCRV chapter.

Monday morning was busy with the Family fun day activities. Younger kids enjoyed the water slide, teens and adults posed ‘in costume’ for a photo booth, and mostly adults enjoyed throwing whipped cream pies at Trustees and others who stood behind a cutout board. The fire department was unable to bring the new pumper truck, but the Chief brought a smaller truck and put on a fire extinguishing demonstration which doubled as a D.A.S.A.T. activity. Adults did the cooking, but teens served a hot dog / hamburger lunch whose proceeds will be divided between teen activities , Habitat For Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, the local food bank and FCRV Scholarship fund. Also on Monday there was a first timers meeting, pinochle tournament, the youth center opened, commercial sales began, Mexican train and dominoes, seminars on maple syrup production, tips for extended travel, Adventure Caravans, crafts, band practice, KY Colonels meeting, and Quebec and Michigan hospitalities. The commercial area opened with 8 vendors : Adventure Caravans, Bobee Tech Corp., Karen’s Embroidery and Badges, Tattletale Portable Alarm Systems, and Freedom RV Service.

Tuesday’s activities began with one and two mile hikes on grounds. Horseshoe competition, golf outing, and the pet parade kept folks busy. Kayakers and canoers left for Colchester lake while others entered a euchre tournament . Seminars were held on VT Forest Learning Tree, RVing to Alaska, Wellness Cards, and FCRV Scrapbooks .The youth, teen, and adult centers were open for various activities daily. The Far West Region held an afternoon hospitality and PA hosted an evening one. YARS also met . Each evening after the program, Jammers got together on stage.

Wednesday was centered on teens as the teen queen tea, interviews, talent competition, and FCRV Teen Royalty Pageant were spread throughout the day and evening. Nine young ladies and four young men were entered. Miss FCRV 2014 is Rebecca Coniglio of Florida and Teen King is Fletcher Shaneyfelt of Indiana.The day got an early start as the Trustees held a meet and greet with coffee and donuts. Walking and bike hikes, washer toss competition, door prize pick-up, pegs and jokers, crafts, site decorating judging, aluminum tab collection, food bank, seminars on RVing to Canada’s Atlantic Provinces and National Don’t Move Firewood and Region 7 hospitality kept folks busy. C.A.M.P. (hiking), Chapter Scrapbook, D.A.S.A.T, and Conservation awards were presented following the teen talent competition.

Thursday was packed with activities including chapter project sales, adult ladder golf, teen softball and volleyball, hard hat lunch, conservation seminar, and Connetcticut hospitality. The general membership meeting was held in the afternoon. Trustees and spouses were introduced – President, Dave Ludwig and Debbie, VP of Operations, Shari Weber and Craig, VP of Planning & Development, Scott Serbousek and Jill, Corresponding Secretary, Sue Carlsen and Chuck, Comptroller, Vodean Benham and Will. VP of Programs, George Walters and Past President, Jack Smye were unable to attend. Also introduced were Past Presidents, Jim Turner and Juanita Woolworth, widow of Don. Vodean Benham gave the financial report showing an income deficit of over $6,000 Since June of last year. Dave Ludwig noted a membership drop of about 30 per month. The Cadet program is working with 50% converting to full membership. The election was completed in April and Past President, Jim Turner installed President, Dave Ludwig and Corresponding Secretary, Sue Carlsen. Scott Serbousek presented $250 to the scholarship fund from Monday’s family fun day lunch sale by the teens. He also presented a check for $242 to Greeen Mt. Habitat for Humanity. Ken and Betty Schwenke presented Adventure Caravan   certificates for $500 to Donna Crawford, Robert Lewis, and Dick Buresh. The $2995 Mega Rally drawing was won by Harold Latour of Baltic, CT.

Shari Weber presented the FCRV Award of Merit to Mark and Anne Brayman, CT State Directors. Chapter of the Year award went to the ALF Chapter of Missouri. Marianne Nyman , CO won the Cadet Member contest by singing up the most members and the most renewals. 2014 Campvention team leaders and staff were thanked by President Dave Ludwig and a special thanks went to Ron and Barbara Wright of NY for their leadership in going from Co-Chairmen to Chairmen with the passing of Lloyd Humphrey 2 weeks before Campvention. Bill Eckman gave a video preview of the 2015 Campvention next July in Wyoming.

Friday was parade day, with the 18 unit parade stepping of at 10 a.m. The afternoon saw the Red Hat luncheon, DASAT seminar on dealing with an active shooter, first timer follow-up meeting, Massachusetts hospitality, and teen vs adult softball game. Even though there was a circus on the front corner of the grounds, there was plenty of room for campsites and parking. Lots of folks went off grounds to visit nearby places such as Shelburne, Ben and Jerry’s, and Vermont Teddy Bears. Ron Wright said he was pleased with the attendance and grateful to all the volunteers on the 62 committees who worked together to get things done. He also praised Tom Oddy and the Expo maintenance staff for their excellent cooperation.

2014 Campvention Pictures

2014 Campvention – by Barb Turner

2014 Royalty Contest – by Ron Standiford

Check out our Blog Posts for the articles/pictures re-capping the different activities at Campvention 2014.