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Message from NEA Executive Board


Please share this email with your chapter members ASAP.  It is vital that these emails be passed on to your chapters in a timely manner to let them know what is happening in your Area.   They also contain a great deal of information regarding the upcoming 94th Family Reunion being held in West Springfield MA – August 3-6, 2016. 
Thank you for your cooperation.
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SAD NEWS TO REPORT:
We were notified by home office on June 27 that Jim Smith, passed away at his home in New Port Richey, Florida.  Jim was our Northeast Area Vice President from 1987-1992.  He served on the FMCA Review Council 1985-1986 and again from 1992-1996, serving as Chairman in 1992.  He also served on the Membership/Member Services Committee from 1987-1992.
The NEA Executive Board sends their condolences to the Smith family at this time.  We also ask that all NEA Chapters and their members keep the Smith family in your thoughts and prayers.
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AREA CAUCUSES & GATHERINGS IN MA:
Below are the dates/times & locations for the Area Caucuses and Area Gatherings to be held in MA.  Please try to attend if at all possible.  OUR ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT OUR AREA GATHERING TO BE HELD ON SAT. AUGUST 6, 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., MALLORY BUILDING, SEMINAR ROOM #3.
Caucuses – Monday, August 1
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              INTO Area – Seminar 8
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              NORTHEAST AREA – SEMINAR 3
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Northwest Area – Seminar 4
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Western Area – Seminar 6
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Eastern Area – Seminar 8
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Midwest Area – Seminar 9
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Great Lakes Area – Seminar 10
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              South East Area – Seminar 11
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              South Central – Seminar 12
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Rocky Mountain – Seminar 13
Area Gatherings – Saturday, August 6
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              INTO Area – Seminar 8
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              South East Area – Seminar 1
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Great Lakes Area – Seminar 2
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              NORTHEAST AREA – SEMINAR 3 (ANNUAL MEETING)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Northwest Area – Seminar 4
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Western Area – Seminar 6
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Eastern Area – Seminar 8
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Midwest Area – Seminar 9
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              South Central – Seminar 12
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Rocky Mountain – Seminar 13
The National Director and the Chapter President from each Chapter (in the absence of the National Director the Alternate National Director will act as the National Director) have voting rights at the Annual Meeting.  If your Chapter is going to be represented by a Temporary Delegate a written notice must be given to the NEA Secretary, Donna Merlino by end of day Thurs., August 4 with the name(s) of your Temporary Delegate(s) that will be attending the Annual Meeting to be held on Sat., August 6.  This written notice must be signed by the Chapter’s President to be valid.  Although, Donna would appreciate notice be given sooner rather than later by contacting her via email at neafmcasecretary@gmail.com or by phone at (h) 607-627-7009 or (c) 607-316-3784.
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NEA NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT:
July 1, 2016
Dear Members of the Northeast Area:
The following is the report from the Northeast Area Nominating Committee:
2016 PROPOSED SLATE OF OFFICERS:
These positions are open for re-election at the Annual Meeting, August 6, 2016 for a 2 year term:
All positions are running unopposed at this time but nominations from the floor will be accepted during the Annual Meeting.

  • Senior Vice President:   Lou Snow
  • Secretary:                      Donna Merlino
  • Treasurer:                      James Sennett
  • Vice President:               Don Osterhout
  • Vice President:               Harley Soulia

If you or someone you know is interested in one of the positions, please notify Tom Roule, Bob Mills or Harley Soulia by email or phone as soon as possible.
Elections will be held for the President/National Area Vice President position in Syracuse, August. 2017.  Voting Delegates will be notified by mail through the National Home Office.
The following 2 positions will be open for re-election at the Annual Meeting at our Area Rally, August 2017 in Syracuse, NY:
Vice President:                                 David Ellis
Vice President:                                 John Traphagan
Nominating Committee:      

If you or someone you know is interested in one of the positions, please notify Tom Roule, Bob Mills or Harley Soulia by email or phone as soon as possible.
Respectfully submitted,
Tom Roule, Nominating Committee Chairman
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CHAPTER NEWS – COACHES FOR CHRIST:
For those of you that were members of the Chapter, Coaches for Christ (which became inactive recently), our new FMCA National Chaplain, Rev. Jim W. Hollis and his wife will be holding two inspiring Devotional gatherings and an Interdenominational Worship Celebration at West Springfield.
Time and place for these events are:
>>Thursday and Friday Devotional Gatherings – 5:00 p.m. – Seminar Room #10
>>Saturday Celebration of Worship (interdenominational) – 8:00 a.m. – Seminar Room #8
Rev. Hollis is hoping to launch a new FMCA Chapter of Coaches for Christ during this Rally together. Everyone is welcome.  They look forward to seeing you, your family and others in your group for these encouraging experiences!  So please support Rev. Hollis and his wife by joining them at one of these events.
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RALLY REGISTRATION – FREE RAFFLE DRAWING:
This last fall and early spring our Area Vice President, Tom Ziobrowski and his wife Connie worked many hours at various different RV Shows throughout the Northeast promoting FMCA, the NEA and the 94th Reunion at West Springfield.  During those shows 100s of names were gathered for a free registration raffle for the BIG E.  The raffle concluded at the last RV Show that was held in Syracuse, NY at the NYS Fair Grounds in March.  We are happy to announce that the Raffle was awarded at Perry GA to:

align=”center” >Roger & Sue Caiazza
Liverpool, NY

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