S*M*A*R*T
Special Military Active
Retired Travel Club
South Central Region
Includes the following states:
AL, AR, LA, MS, TN, & FL Panhandle
Regional Director
Denny Olvany
olvanydna@gmail.com

Assistant
Jim Pence
jpence65@cox.net
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                                          SMART South Central Region

The South Central (SC) Region of SMART consists of six states in the deep south.  These states include
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Northwest Florida (The Panhandle).  Within each
state are one or more local chapters that provide SMART members an opportunity to enjoy the RVing
lifestyle with a smaller local group.  In Alabama is the
Alabama SMARTS Chapter.  In Arkansas are the
Arkansas Diamonds and the Arkansas Hogs Chapters.  In Louisiana is the SMART Cajuns Chapter.  In
Mississippi is the
Mississippi Magnolias Chapter.  In Tennessee is the Rocky Tops Chapter.  Then in
Northwest Florida are the
Tri-State Panhandlers and the White Sands Chapters.  SMART chapter
membership is so popular that many members belong to more than one chapter and enjoy a wider
opportunity for camping and camaraderie, friendship and fellowship.  The friendships made within SMART
last a lifetime, whether it is at the Chapter, Regional or National level.
                                                    Tri-State Panhandler Chapter

The Tri-State Panhandlers Chapter of SMART is one of two chapters chartered in Northwest Florida.  The
chapter is one of the eight chapters in the South Central Region of SMART.  The Tri-State Panhandlers was
chartered in 1996 by a group of SMART members that met in the Pine Lake RV Park in Fountain Florida.  In
March 2011 the chapter had 43 members (79 members including spouses).  The chapter enjoys 5 weekend
musters every other month beginning in January with a New Years celebration and concluding in November with
an Chapter anniversary celebration.  Each Chapter muster takes place in a RV park usually located in SE
Alabama, SW Georgia or NW Florida.  The specific park locations vary as does the activities, entertainment and
meals served.  Each of the musters is planned and presented by chapter members that serve as Muster Hosts.  
The most important aspects of all musters are the fun, friendship and fellowship that take place in a variety of
locations throughout the Tri-State area of the south.  The Tri-State Panhandlers welcome all members of
SMART, New members and visitors to all our musters.
                                                 White Sands Chapter

The White Sands Chapter is one of the two chapter chartered in Northwest Florida. Although centered
in the Pensacola area, White Sands membership includes Alabama, Georgia and other neighboring
states. Although the chapter’s activities are centered on the muster’s (rally’s) that occur five times each
year, a social luncheon is hosted in those months in which a camping event isn’t scheduled. These
luncheons allow chapter members to socialize at one of two Ryan’s Restaurant locations in the
Pensacola area. A common background provided by military service and a strong sense of friendship
creates the bond among the members of this extended family. A love of travel and a longing to see our
vast country creates the background for the White Sands Chapter. Set ideally on the Beautiful Gulf
Coast, Northwest Florida provides the perfect backdrop for year-round camping and adventure. With
the heavy influence of the various military services, White Sands welcomes all active-duty and retired
military and veterans of all services who proudly served their country and defended our heritage.
SC Patches can by purchased from HQs
for $2.00 each
.
                                                              Rocky Top Chapter

Rocky Top  is celebrating its 20th year during 2014 having been chartered on April 16, 1994, in the
state of Tennessee.   Our members (active, retired or honorably discharged veterans) come from all
the states surrounding Tennessee and we welcome visitors to our musters from any state.   Our
musters are held in the many scenic areas where our members reside.  We enjoy touring the historical
venues among our beautiful countryside, playing cards and games and, of course, eating together.  
Many of us take turns teaching a craft at our musters that will result in a ‘gift’ for our men and women in
the VA hospitals in our area and/or the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Ft Campbell, KY.   You will find
many of our members willing to take on tasks at our Regional and National Musters - after all,
Tennessee is known as the ‘Volunteer State’.   
Check out our website at
http://www.glenmar.us/rocky_top/     
Won’t you join us at a muster sometime?
The SMART Arkansas Diamonds Chapter is one of the newest and active chapters in the
National SMART organization. Our chapter members are located primarily in the Northwest
corner of Arkansas as well as in Central Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas. We have
grown from the original 7 member family’s to the current 20 members, some without RVs.

Our chapter is aggressively seeking new members to
SMART and our Chapter. We
welcome other SMART and potential members to join and enjoy our chapter life. Our
membership includes folks from all of our Country’s military branches of service with varying
lengths of active and reserve duty time.
Our chapter was recognized nationally as one
of eight SMART Outstanding Chapters for 2013.

Of special note is the fact that "SMARTY the Bear"
our new SMART mascot
attends all our functions;
either in camp or in the local area.  Members also wear our
Ask Me About SMARTY T- shirts to further entice new
membership possibilities and SMARTY sales.
We have also provided several
"Bears" as door prizes.


The focus of our Diamond membership is to keep alive that feeling of belonging to one
another and service to our country. Several of our chapter supportive activities include
SMART Sew Much Comfort, Spouse Advisory Committee, Wounded Warrior Project, Toys
for Tots, VA Hospital, Clinics, Retirement Homes and National or State Veteran's Cemetery
events. Other pursuits are community based projects such as youth Foster Home Summer
Camps and various other endeavors either as a Chapter or individual member efforts. One
notable couple is involved in “standing the flag line” at military burials in conjunction with the
Patriot Riders motorcycle group escort services.

During the year, we participate in four or five Chapter musters; some are joint musters with
other
SMART chapters. We also attend the South Central Regional and SMART National
musters to participate and enjoy one another's company. We also attend Chapter meetings
and are involved in
SMART caravans, rolling musters and a variety of luncheons that
include interesting and educational places to visit. Our musters focus on fun, fellowship and
food ! There are some amazing and delicious meal items prepared by our members and
“topped off” with board and lawn games, human interest "stories" told around the campfires
and tours or events that make a three to five day muster an enjoyable, memorable event.

The SMART Arkansas Diamonds invite all
SMART RV'ers and guests to check out our
website at
www.smartardiamonds.pearcys.com and become "Diamondized".

We wish all of you good health, safe journeys and enjoyable ventures as you travel our
Nation's highways and byways.
SC Regional Muster
May 13 - 17, 2015
(depart on May 18)

Rayne Civic Center
210 Frog Festival Drive
Rayne, LA

SC Muster Master
Charley LeBlanc
504-616-6959
chasndianne@bellsouth.net

SC Assistant Muster Master
Francis Arceneaux
fralyn213@aol.com

SC Muster Treasurer
Gloria Brady-Cross
gbradylib@yahoo.com

SC Muster Chairman
Denny Olvany
olvanydna@gmail.com

Sponsoring Chapter
Cajuns
Click here to download a  
2015 SC Regional Muster
Registration Form.
Click here to download a
2015 SC Regional Muster
Information page
Muster Registration fee:
$95.00 for 2 person rig
$47.50 for 1 person rig
$47.50 for each additional person
Parking fees:
are $22.00 per night, including taxes
and are payable at registration

Sites are first come first serve and are
assigned upon arrival

Early arrival date is May 12

Most sites are back-in.
Sites have water and 30 and/or 50 amp
Some sewage sites and a
dump station are available.
MISSISSIPPI MAGNOLIAS

Our members earned SMART National’s Outstanding Chapter status for 2014, one of only 12 of
SMART’S 50 chapters to earn this designation for the program’s inaugural year.

Mississippi Magnolias plan four major musters each year, and often add no-rig get-togethers and
adventures.

February saw our first-ever professional chef cooking demonstration at Parker’s Landing RV Resort in
Biloxi, Mississippi. Gulf Coast Community College Culinary school instructor Chef Todd Reilly provided
a superb 3-course meal demonstration along with several usable tips for RV cooks.

Another first for our chapter members was a north Mississippi 10-day June rolling muster with special
focus on the state's Blues Trail from Tupelo west to the Delta and south to Greenville. Our muster
master will lead us through west central Mississippi from Natchez to Jackson March 30 - April 9, 2014.
All are welcome.

Several members enjoyed the South Central Regional Muster in Little Rock, AR and the National
Muster in Sedalia, Missouri. Other groundbreaking activities included visits to Gulfport's U.S. Marine,
Inc. shipyard and the WWII museum in New Orleans. The chapter also hosted an AARP Senior Safe
Driving school, a seminar on iPhone and iPad use, and visited the Armed Forces Retirement Home in
Gulfport where they met three former chapter members now residing there.

The chapter’s service projects include support to Wounded Warriors and assistance with charitable
service projects at the annual national muster.

We welcome visitors at all our musters and enjoy visiting other chapters as we travel. Our joint
meetings/musters with our Alabama and Louisiana neighbors are particularly enriching as many of our
members hold simultaneous memberships.

Don Vardell
Chapter President
papadonv@icloud.com
SMART Cajuns

The SMART Cajuns' Chapter is a large (about 75 members from 8 states) fun-loving group
that normally holds a minimum of about four musters a year in Louisiana and sometimes
other states. I guess you could say Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler or Let the Good Times
Roll is our Motto, because we do have fun in our Smart Cajuns Chapter!!

One traditional muster is called the Ya’ll Come and is always held at Poche’s RV ‘N Fishing
Camp in Breaux Bridge, LA when the crawfish are plentiful and in season during the spring.
Another tradition the Smart Cajuns hold after their January muster is the trip by several of
the members to the Valley along the Rio Grande for two weeks to enjoy a warmer setting.

Our muster fee is $30 per couple and with that we provide three full breakfasts and three
evening meals. Many times we have so much food, and we do have some good food, that
there are more meals than that during our musters. Attitude adjustment is held at least one
hour prior to the evening meal and members provide snacks on a volunteer basis along with
desserts for our evening meals.

Activities include card games (you name it, we probably play it), Mexican Train, Rummikube,
various crafts, and fishing and golf tournaments when available in the area. Depending on
the location, the muster host will sometimes schedule trips or tours in the local area. We
have toured Begneaud’s Manufacturing Co., Lake Martin’s Bird Rookery, various casinos for
luncheons, Lake Martin Swamp tours, Veteran Memorials, and there are always plentiful
places to shop. Local information and brochures are usually provided for the new areas we
visit. Door prizes are sometimes provided at the musters and the chapter has begun to do
50/25/25 drawings for Fisher House, a charitable organization. We have had flag burning
ceremonies, entertainment done by the Sweet Adelines, comedians, and other various local
talents in the area of the musters.

The SMART Cajuns are host to the SC Regional Muster, May 13-17, 2015 in Rayne,
Louisiana and the chapter is on track for preparing a memorable South Central Regional
muster. The food and Cajun culture in South Louisiana can’t be beat or found anywhere
else and this chapter is busy planning some unique experiences for the muster.

There are no strangers to the SMART Cajuns and if you wish to receive a copy of the latest
chapter newsletter or you would like some more information, click on the Chapter Contact
Link on the SMART HQ website or email the club secretary at gbradylib@yahoo.com.

This Acadiana Region of South Louisiana is rich with opportunities for group and
individual activities and experiences.

"You might be interested in feeding baby alligators, touring an ante-bellum home,
enjoying a range of Cajun specialty food, going on Champaynes' Swamp Tour of Lake
Martin, or kicking up your heels to several venues of Cajun Music," said Muster Master
Charley LeBlanc.

Attendees will enjoy four breakfasts and three catered dinners, including a crawfish boil,
and an extensive range of diverse offerings for the $95 muster fee.

The 2015 South Central Regional Muster takes on added importance because President
Craig Christen has called for voting on changes to our national SMART organizational
structure during the regional muster instead of waiting for the SMART National Muster in
September.

"We want your experience in Cajun country to be especially memorable and rewarding.  
It doesn't have to be Mardi Gras to Laissez les bon temp rouler - Let The Good Times
Roll!"

** Crawfish Boil Friday Evening
** Seminars on range of topics
** Indoor and Outdoor Games:  Bean bag Toss, Washer Toss, Ladder Jacks, Murbles      
Tournament, Hand and Foor, Pinochle, Skip-Bo, Poker Walk, GOLF, and others.  Prizes
to be awarded.
**  Tours include:  Swamp, crawfish farm, cajun Food Tour, and manufacturing plant.  
Many tours do not require pre-registration.  Listings will be provided to registrants by
e-mail.
The Opening Ceremony will be held on the evening of May 13.  
The
Closing Ceremony will be on May 17.  
The Muster fee includes four privately catered dinners and four breakfasts prepared by
volunteers from the various chapters.  All meals will be served in the Auditorium except
Friday's meal, which will be boiled crawfish, corn, and potatoes served at the Pavilion.  
A golf tournament, organized tours, scheduled activities, seminars, and other organized
entertainment/games are planned and will be announced as information is finalized.  
A detailed schedule will be prepared and sent to all attendees as plans for the muster
come together.  Information on the golf tournament will also be announced.  There will be
50/50 raffles, a white elephant sale and other fund raising events to benefit the Fisher
House.
Rayne, Louisiana is located in Acadia Parish, population less than 8,000, and is
nicknamed the "Frog Capital of the World" because of the Frog Festival and the
"Louisiana City of Murals", with more than 27 murals located on various buildings
throughout the city of Rayne.  Some restaurants and food establishments, include Chef
Roy's and Frog City Cafe' in Rayne, Fezzo's in Crowley and Scott, and many, many
restaurants in Lafayette, which is only a 15-minute drive east of Rayne.  For those who
want to go to a nearby casino, there is the Evangeline Downs Race Track and Casino,
located in Opelousas only 35 miles NE of Rayne.  Besides the casino, it has three
restaurants to choose from if you wish to eat there.  As for shopping, Rayne has various
stores to meet your needs and there is a Walmart in Crowley (7 miles), and of course
the large shopping malls in Lafayete.  The area is know for its rice fields and crawfish
farming and several tours are available in Acadia Parish (Acadia Tours by Alice) that
can give you several choices on tours in agriculure, accordion making, Acadia Parish
history and culture.
There will be a White Elephant Sale at the SC Regional.  It will be a fund raiser for
Fisher House, a primary charity of the SMART Cajuns.  Fisher  House supports and
houses families of ill members undergoing hospitalization and treatment at Keesler air
Force Base in Biloxi.  So bring your White Elephant items.
Click here for SC Regional Muster
Local Tour Information.
Click here for SC Regional
Update (March 23, 2015)
Click here to download the
SC Regional Muster
Schedule