Special Military Active
|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.
| 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.
| 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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.