This is a bittersweet time for RV Nana today. As most of you know, I have served as President of the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA) for the past two years and the grand finale was last weekend at our annual convention in Austin. Surrounded by friends and family, I passed the gavel on to my dear friend and associate, J. T. Bowyer of Lone Star RV in Harker Heights. TRVA has been and will continue to be an important part of my life and, thanks to my association with TRVA, I have been blessed to have developed some wonderful relationships that will last a lifetime.
All of us share one common bond, a love for the RV lifestyle. It takes all of us in this industry, working together, to pave the way for future RV enthusiasts.
The energy at this convention was by far the best we have ever seen and it is all because of our wonderful members who have shown a real commitment to “Make it Happen.” From donating auction items, wildly bidding on an item, playing golf, and selling and buying tickets to sharing ideas and brainstorming about the future of this industry, our members did it all. It’s an exciting time and I know that all who attended this convention headed home ready to embark on the wonderful year we have ahead of us.
A very special event for me was the Legislative reception at the Texas Capitol. This was a great opportunity to have a close up look at the Senate Chambers and the beautiful architecture and history this grand building represents. I was really excited to have our Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Todd Staples, stop by to visit with us and take a few pictures. He has long been a strong supporter of the RV Industry and tourism in Texas and a great friend.
A special thanks goes out to all of you who have supported me the past few years, have been there for me through good times and bad, and who have shared stories, laughter, tears, and hugs and helped make this a very special chapter in my life. As many of you may know, I lost my biggest fan and strongest supporter in June when my husband, Mike, passed away. I could have resigned my position at that time, but I chose to follow the dream he had for me, for us. My TRVA family was there for me and is always there for me and I want to thank all of them for the support and for the honor of allowing me to serve as TRVA President the past two years.