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In 1990, while traveling across country by RV, Zoe Swanagon and Lovern King rarely saw other women on the road by themselves. In 1991, while attending an RV rally in California, they posted a notice for a meeting of independent women RVers. The turnout was so large that another was promptly scheduled for the next day. Thus was born the now-popular group, RVing Women.
By 1993, the club had outgrown its fifth wheel trailer office, and a permanent headquarters was established in Apache Junction, AZ. Local chapters came into being in the late 1990s. Arlene Van Note became the owner in 1996 and in 1998 led the process of becoming an educational non-profit as AFAR (Association for the Advancement of RVing).
In October 2003, the organization returned to its original name, RVing Women, and expanded to a five-member Board of Directors. The Board then added two more members in 2005.
In 2003, RVing Women made the transition from a nonprofit educational organization to a 501(c)(7) nonprofit social/recreational organization. There are currently 18 RVW chapters across the country.
"The Personal History of RVW” written by Zoe Swanagon appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of the RVing Women magazine.