Special Military Active
Retired Travel Club
|Includes the following states:
AL, AR, LA, MS, TN, & FL Panhandle
| 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.
| SMART Arkansas Diamonds
The SMART Arkansas Diamonds is one of the newest and fastest growing chapters in the National SMART
organization. The chapter is located - loosely - in the northwestern corner of our state and has grown from the
original 7 members to the current 23 member rigs with more in the wings. Our members come from all of the
military branches of service with varying lengths of active and reserve duty time.
The focus of the Diamonds is to keep alive that feeling of belonging to one another and our service to our
country. One of our chapter charities is the Wounded Warrior Project. During the year, we participate in four
or five musters, some joint musters with other chapters; attend the regional and National musters and enjoy
one another's company at pot luck dinners and pizza parties in the local area. We also visit local places of
Our musters focus on fun, fellowship and food ! There are some amazing foods prepared by our members,
topped off with card and dice games, human interest "stories" told around the campfire and a scavenger hunt
can fill out a three to five day muster.
The SMART Arkansas Diamonds invite all RVers to check out our website at
www.smartardiamonds.pearcys.com and become "Diamondized".
We wish you all health and safety as you travel our Nation's highways and byways.
| 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.
We are a large (more than 70 members from 8 states) fun-loving group that normally holds four musters
a year in Louisiana and sometimes other states. One traditional muster is called the Ya’ll Come and is
held at Poche’s RV ‘N Fishing Camp in Breaux Bridge, LA when the crawfish is plentiful and in season
during the spring. Another tradition the Smart Cajuns hold in January after their muster is that many of the
members travel down 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 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), dominoes, 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. Local
information and brochures are usually provided for the new areas we visit. Door prizes are sometimes
provided at the musters also and the chapter has begun to do 50/50 drawings for the Support Our War
Heroes or Wounded Warriors organizations. 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 or email the club secretary at email@example.com.