When FMCA celebrated its 40th anniversary in July 2003, Family Motor Coaching magazine took a look back at milestones and notable events in the association's history.
July 20, 1963
26 families gather at the Hinckley School in Hinckley, Maine, to view a solar eclipse.
July 21, 1963
The Family Motor Coach Association is formed.
September 7, 1963
FMCA Constitution Committee meets in Wolf Den State Park, Connecticut.
October 15, 1963
Articles of Incorporation filed.
December 15, 1963
FMCA Constitution unanimously ratified.
Crown Coach Corp. becomes first FMCA commercial member.
February 15, 1964
Vol. 1, Issue 1 of Family Motor Coaching magazine published.
July 17-19, 1964
First national convention held at Fort Ticonderoga in New York.
FMCA national office moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.
April 10, 1965
3 FMCA chapters chartered: Michigan Knights Of The Highway, Midwest Coachmen, Northeastern.
January 15, 1966
Manufacturer's Advisory Board holds first meeting.
First "Business Service Directory" published in FMC magazine.
First coffee hour held at Glenwood, Ohio, convention.
FMCA office moves to "ivy-covered cottage" in Cincinnati.
Vic & Vi White, F748, commissioned FMCA's "International Ambassadors" at Bowling Green, Kentucky, convention.
First FMCA Family of theYear Award presented to Harold & Winifred Beard, F196, at Traverse City, Michigan, convention.
Teen Age Travelers (TATS) program initiated at Traverse City, Michigan, convention.
Industry pioneer Ray Frank honored at Costa Mesa, California, convention.
FMCA office moves to 5200 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati.
FMC magazine becomes a bimonthly publication.
Motor Vacations Unlimited becomes 500th commercial member.
FMCA celebrates 10th anniversary; nearly 10,000 member families, 22 chapters.
World Of Recreation becomes 1,000th commercial member.
FMCA purchases building at 8291 Clough Pike, funded by members' voluntary participation in lifetime member program, Thousand Club.
March 2-4, 1976
First winter convention, Harlingen, Texas.
Family member number F20000 issued.
November 30, 1976
FMCA moves into newly purchased building with staff of 15.
Member number F25000 assigned.
FMC magazine becomes monthly publication.
FMCA Message Service launched.
Member number F50000 issued.
FMCA celebrates 20th anniversary year; 29,645 active members, 113 chapters.
July 28, 1983
Clough Pike office dedicated to Bob Richter, L1, and Ken Scott, L63.
FMCA Governing Board approves $1 million expansion to Clough Pike building.
Joey Bed Inc. becomes 3,500th commercial member.
Clough Pike office expansion completed.
FMCA celebrates 25th anniversary year; 63,982 active members, 214 chapters.
March 25-27, 1988
Del Mar, California, convention coach count surpasses 4,000 (4,328).
Member number F100000 issued.
June 21, 1989
President George Bush visits Richmond, Virginia, spring convention.
March 27-29, 1990
Tampa, Florida, convention coach count surpasses 5,000 (5,244).
Quality Motor Coach becomes 5,000th commercial member.
Member number F150000 issued.
FMCA celebrates 30th anniversary year; 88,217 active members, 323 chapters.
July 4, 1994
Monument honoring FMCA's birthplace dedicated in Hinckley, Maine.
Member number F200000 issued.
March 26-28, 1996
Perry, Georgia, convention coach count surpasses 6,000 (6,632).
Sun Rocks RV Resort receives C7000 membership number.
FMCA's official Web site — www.fmca.com — launched.
July 15-17, 1997
Columbus, Ohio, convention coach count surpasses 7,000 (7,208).
FMCA celebrates 35th anniversary year; 113,828 member families; 386 active chapters.
Member number F250000 issued.
August 18-20, 2000
All-time convention coach count record set in Brunswick, Maine (7,422).
FMCA's Official North American Road Atlas & Travel Guide becomes available to members.
Membership Services Department moves from Clough Pike office to FMCA's Round Bottom Road location.
FMCA's Strategic Plan approved by FMCA Governing Board in Redmond, Oregon.
Member number F300000 assigned.
FMCA members approve revised Constitution.
Revised Bylaws approved by FMCA Governing Board.
June 1, 2003
FMCA boasts 126,644 member families; 507 active chapters; 2,166 commercial members; 58 full-time and 11 part-time employees.