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In honor of our 25th anniversary, we will be celebrating the past and the good times to come at this year’s RVW convention in Mesa, Arizona. Like always, we are lighting the way to the future, showing independent-minded women that yes, we can get out on the road and find friendships and adventure everywhere we go.

The Arizona Chapter, this year's host chapter, is planning a schedule packed with fun times, learning opportunities, entertainment events, lots of music, a little magic, fun-raisers and some wonderful surprises.

Convention 2016 in Mesa, Arizona will officially begin Tuesday evening, October 25, with opening ceremonies, but the fun starts way before that. Plan to come earlier to share some pre-convention activities with friends. Options include tours, maintenance classes, a ladies golf scramble, a first-timers gathering and—new this year—a music stage.

We have made it easy for you to take advantage of the wonderfully diverse opportunities available in the greater Phoenix area. When you register for convention 2016, you may pre-register for up to 13 nights of camping, beginning Tuesday, October18. If you like museums, great restaurants, live theater, discovering new artists, shopping or trying your luck at a casino—this is the place for you. If you like hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, birding, visiting botanical gardens, exploring long-abandoned ruins, trying your skill on a race track, boarding a rugged jeep to get up close to Arizona’s famous red rocks, floating high in a hot air balloon or stargazing—this is the place for you.

Our convention home is the Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort in Mesa. Amenities include three swimming pools, spas, an on-site restaurant, two golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts, a softball diamond, shuffleboard and horseshoe courts, a fitness center, three separate laundry rooms and well-appointed shower facilities. There also are very nice dog parks on site. The resort has Wi-Fi access and cable TV. For our seminars and special convention events, we will have the use of a very large ballroom and several smaller meeting rooms.

All campsites at Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort are gravel with a large concrete patio and include 20/30/50-amp service, water, sewer and cable TV. Some may require electrical extensions or an extra water hose or sewer hose, so please bring them with you. The resort provides daily trash and recycling pick up from your campsite.

The address for our convention home is ViewPoint Resort, 8700 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85207. Be sure that any mail being sent includes your name and indicates that you are with the RVW group.


Pre-

Pre-convention activities: A great way to get started is

to join us for a full-day tour on Friday, October 13, that will

include visits to the Phoenix  Cruiser manufacturing facil­

ity, the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame, Linton's Enchanted Gardens, Goshen's famous Quilt Gardens, and the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Week.end activities will include a Sarurday

Amish Country shopping tour with a stop for lunch at Das

Dutchman  Fssenhaus and a Sunday visit to Amish Acres,

the only old order Amish farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At Amish Acres, we will enjoy a thresher meal and tak.e in a matinee performance of "Sister Act" in the beautifully restored 1911 Round Barn Theatre.

Our pre-convention programs  also include  a Monday 

work.shops we will be offering on  Monday and  Tuesday. The Basic RV Maintenance Work.shop on Monday will focus on typical RV issues and will provide participants with  the information they can use to do basic preventive mainte­ nance. The Advanced RV Maintenance Work.shop on Tues­ day will equip attendees with essential troubleshooting and  diagnostic  techniques.  Both work.shops will be presented by RVW member Pat Setser. Pat is a certified RV technician and owner of Rec-Serve.

The hours before our opening ceremony Tuesday evening will be filled with more fun activities, including a half-day Amish Country back. roads tour followed by a haystack.lunch at a local Amish homestead.

Our Tuesday afternoon   rst

by   the Ohio  River Vally Chapter, will give all first-time

convention attendees a special opporrunity to meet chapter leaders and members of the RVW Board of Directors. This event will follow the Advanced RV Maintenance Work.shop.

 

 

morning ladies golf scramble. Come e"Xpecting to have lots of fun, and don't

be   shy-all

skill levels will be represented.

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also check. out the  all-day


 

Our First Timers get-together will be held Tuesday afternoon prior to the opening ceremonies. Catered appetizers will be served.

This event will take place after the completion of the Tuesday maintenance class and the visit to the Olive Mill. If you are a first-time convention attendee, make plans to come early enough to take advantage of this opportunity to get a preview of convention activities and meet with chapter leaders and members of our RVW Board of Directors.

 


Vendors will open their booths on Wednesday morning. Take a little time to shop the exhibit hall and ask questions. You can learn about new products, find out what works best for your RV, and discover tips and tricks you can use to keep yourself happy and safe on the road.

Convention shirts and hats can be ordered from the RVW online store. A variety of styles and colors are available. Clothing with the new RVW logo also is available online. To order, click here. Please allow plenty of time for your order to be shipped. Convention shirts and RVW clothing will not be available at the convention.
Name tags from Badges 'R Us will be available at convention. Badges ‘R Us will have a booth in the vendor hall so you can purchase badges with the new RVW logo as well as badges indicating your chapter affiliation(s) and convention participation.  

  


Seminars  and  exhibits: Seminars and  exhibits will open on Wednesday morning. You will have opportunities to learn about RV products  and services that can enhance your RV travel experiences and hear from other members about  on-the-road tips, work. and volunteer opportunities, and  hobbies and activities of special interest  to RVers. In the exhibit  hall, you will see some long-time supporters of RVing Women as well as some new vendors coming for the first time to an RVW convention.

   

Entertainment:

Entertainment and  meals:  Our parade  of flags and opening  ceremony will set  the stage for a full schedule  of fun events. A catered welcome party Wednesday evening will finish off our first day of exhibits and seminars.

Watch  announcements for  other informal events,

including our traditional  ice cream social  hosted this year by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Watch also for musicenplein air announcements. Weather permitting,  we will schedule specific  times for members  to share.  Bring your  musical instruments, your voices, and your enthusiasm.  Amenities at the Elk.hart County  4H Fairgrounds include an outdoor

stage tha tprovides a perfect venue for our members to show

off their talents. There is plenty of room for listeners, too.

We will come together  on Thursday evening for bingo

games and some deejay dancing.

Our Thursday evening dance will get us warmed up for

the party  waiting  to happen Friday night  when  we will

bring  the Deluxe Edition  Band to center stage. Lucy and Billy Croft, the lead vocalists, will be back.ed up by a band that has been referred to as "the best collection of musicians in  the Chicagoland  area." This energetic group will get us moving to long-time  favorites,  some going  back. to  the

1960s. Country,  jazz, show  tunes, big band sounds, classic


Later in the week, we will have Eric Gilliam, a magician, test our links to reality. He employs amazing tricks, and sometimes audience members, to show that what we see is not always what is there.

We will also do some line dancing. Arizona U Can Dance will provide a class for all of us who want to brush up on skills or learn some new steps. Arizona U Can Dance steps outside the line to show how line dancing can be applied to a variety of music styles instead of being limited to good old country music.

Beginners are welcome. Participation in the class is included in your registration. We will, of course, have an opportunity to practice what we have learned. Everyone is invited to join in a night of line dancing and listening to good music. We will keep your feet moving and your eyes smiling.

AbbaFab will bring us our Friday night Entertainment.

Some have called them AbbaFabulous. Trip Advisor has called them “without doubt, the best Abba tribute show out there.” AbbaFab’s multimedia performances, delivered by vocalists Anne Davies, Chelsea Faulds, Scotty Pearson, Nick Davies and a lineup of stellar musicians, brings to life some of the best Abba hits from the 1970s and 1980s, everything from Dancing Queen and Waterloo to Mamma Mia.

They have played to sold-out audiences all over the world and have been responsible for creating a new generation of Abba fans.

Click Here for A Preview

 

Parking Committee volunteers will check you in, assign your site, and help you to get parked. After parking your rig, you will be directed to the registration area to receive your convention materials, including your program book, name tags, tickets, local area information and vendor hand-outs.

RVs will be parked on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want to park with others in your group, please plan to arrive together.

Parking will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 18, and at 9 a.m. the rest of the week. Please plan to arrive before 5 p.m. All sites are back-in. There will be space to drop your tow vehicles when you arrive.  Please include the length of your RV on your convention registration form. This will help the Parking Committee in planning.

Event parking for vehicles at the Northpoint and Grand Ballroom areas is limited, so please plan to take other transportation to these venues. Shuttle carts will be available throughout the convention and a tram may be available for evening activities. If you have a bicycle or similar mode of transportation, please bring it.

 

Alternate lodging is available. There are a few park models available for rent at Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort. Rent for a one-bedroom unit is $57.01/night (taxes and fees include); $68.41/night (taxes and fees included) for a two-bedroom unit. To reserve a park model, call Jesse at 480-373-5762 or Krista at 480-373-8720. When reserving, be sure to mention that you are with RVW.

Country Inn and Suites is holding 10 rooms until ­September 30 for convention attendees. Standard one-bedroom rates are $89/night (single/double occupancy). One-bedroom suites are available for $99/night (single/double occupancy). These prices include a breakfast buffet but do not include the Arizona sales and occupancy tax. Country Inn and Suites has many amenities, including a pool and spa, fitness center and free Wi-Fi. Several restaurants are nearby. To make reservations, call the inn at 800-456-4000 (refer to RVing Women to get the special group rate) or reserve online at www.countryinns.com/rvingwomen. Country Inn and Suites is located at 6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa, Arizona.

 

Registration for Convention 2016 will open June 1. A separate registration form is required for each attendee.

You may register online starting June 1st. Register by mail or fax using the printed registration form which you can download here. The mailing address is RVW, P.O. Box 1940, Apache Junction, AZ 85117-4074. The fax number for RVing Women is 480-671-6230.

On your convention registration form, indicate your arrival and departure dates, the number of nights you will be staying, and the length of your RV.
Make your plans now and register before September 23. The registration fee is $185/person for RVW members and $245/person for non-members registering by September 23. Payment can be by check (made payable to RVW) or with a MasterCard or Visa credit card. (Discover and American Express cards are not accepted.)

There will be a $25 late fee for registrations received after September 23, and we cannot guarantee a seat at the banquet or participation in paid activities such as tours, maintenance workshops and the golf scramble for late registrations. Our providers have deadlines for RVW to submit all orders. We may not be able to accommodate those who register after September 23.

  



Weekend Warrior passes include all weekend activities (including the banquet and evening entertainment events, and the Sunday morning Grab-N-Go breakfast, plus seminars and exhibits on Friday and Saturday. These passes are designed for attendees who have limited time off from work.

The cost of each weekend warrior pass is $140. This price does not include camping or other overnight accommodations. Attendees with a weekend warrior pass may register for camping for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights only (October 27 – 29).

You can purchase a weekend warrior pass online or by calling the RVW office at 480-671-6226.

 

Day Passes (limited to two per person) will be available as a convenience for members and non-members who would like to come to the convention but are not able to attend for the entire time.

The cost of each day pass is $45. These passes will be available on site only and cannot be reserved. A day pass entitles attendees to participate in no-fee educational seminars and visit the exhibit hall to see the services and products our vendors have to offer. Day passes do not include admission to the Saturday night banquet or evening programs.

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P.O. Box 1940 • Apache Junction AZ 85117-1940
Phone: (480) 671-6226 • Fax: (480) 671-6230
Email:
rvwoffice@rvingwomen.org