Special Military Active Recreational Travelers

2018 National Muster

Our National Musters are held annually in the Fall. They are attended by over 200 Military Veterans from across the country. Each year, it is sponsored by a different group of volunteer members who work tirelessly to ensure a great time is had by all.

National Muster Leadership
  • 2018 Chair: Jon Katin
  • 2018 Muster Master: Craig Christen
  • 2019 Chair: Gene-O Bennett
  • 2019 Muster Master: David Aiken
  • 2020 Chair: Roger Bruce
2018 National Muster Details
2018_Advanced Team in Mineola

Our 2018 National Muster will be in Mineola, Texas with Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday, September 25th and Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, September 30th.

  • Place: Mineola Civic Center and RV Park. 1150 N. Newsom, Mineola, TX 75773. Note: Enter Civic Center via the Ivy Street gate. mccrvpark.com
  • Registration Fee: - $200 for two person rig, $100 for single person rig, and $100 for each additional person. Tour Fee is to be paid with the Registration Fee.
  • Earliest arrival date: Recommended earliest is September 19th. We recommend arriving on September 24th at the latest. If you are attending Tour 1, you will need to arrive on or before the 23rd, as the tour begins at 08:30, on the 24th. Muster departure is on Monday October 1st, by noon.
  • Camping: Nightly camping fee will be $30 and will be paid upon at registration.

35th Anniversary National Muster

This 35th Anniversary National Muster is hosted by the SMART Past Presidents, some of the most experienced members who enjoy sharing the military camaraderie and fun that SMART provides. Based on previous feedback, we are starting a day earlier than usual to deliver an extra day of interesting seminars, games, crafts, and friendship experiences along with some great entertainment activities. There’s time for great food, fellowship, making new friends, and enjoying local area experiences.

We’ll have high-value seminars pertinent to RVing, life, and our shared military backgrounds. Vendors at the muster will provide high-quality RV and lifestyle items for sale. Plan on staying through Closing Ceremonies on Sunday evening. There will be great door prize baskets and the $750 Grand Prize drawing toward the SMART Caravan of your choice.

We set the schedule so that you can participate in SMART caravans before and after the National Muster (Two-Step to Texas & 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta).

Highlight Activities

Two tours, Dallas & Tyler (see below) will show you local area interesting sites. In addition to opening and closing ceremonies, you will experience some local area vocal talent and also get to show of your own talents in our Saturday Night Talent Show (individual and chapter acts needed). The USA flag retirement ceremony will continue to be a memorable experience bringing back military service memories. Bring your dancing shoes as we will teach the Texas two-step couple dance and Texas Stomp line dances at our DJ led Evening Dance.

If you golf, show up early and join the Duffer’s Chapter (contact info coming) sponsored golf tournament and practice rounds.

Make sure you visit “The world’s largest flea market”,   Canton’s Original First Monday Trade Days open September 27th through the 30th.

Crafters will enjoy the time making Mosaic Plaques taught/led by your Muster Master’s cousin from Dallas. Lots of card/board games are scheduled. Let’s beat last 2017 National Muster’s record of 27 table card bingo.

Mineola, Texas, is located in Northeast Texas, 15 miles north of Tyler, The Rose Capitol of the United States, and half way between Dallas, TX, & Shreveport, LA. The town, with a current population of around 4,500 people, was established in the 1870’s as a railroad intersection and still has an Amtrak Station serving Dallas/Ft Worth. It is near Canton, TX, renowned for the world’s largest flea market. While rich in history, Mineola is a modern refurbished town many antique stores. Temperatures will be in the 80s during the day and 60s at night with a slim chance of rain.

Other sites:

  • Mineola - Depot & Train Museum, Waldo Way Dairy Farm, and the Nature Preserve.
  • Gladewater - “The antique capital of East Texas.”
  • Lindale - Miranda Lambert home and “Pink Pistol” store, Parrot Park & Agriculture Museum, and the Tiger Creek Big Cat Refuge 10 miles east of Lindale.
  • Tyler - Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Rose Museum & Gardens, Tyler Museum of Art, Whitaker-McClendon House, Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum, Center for Earth and Space Science Education, Goodman-LeGrand House, Camp Ford Historic Park, Chamblee Rose Nursery, The Children’s Park, Discovery Science Place, Tyler Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, Kiepersol Estates Winery and Museum.


Opening Ceremonies, Golf Tournament, Tour 2, and some seminars are on September 25th. Recommend arriving September 24th or earlier, giving you time to visit the local area and make new SMART friends. Muster Start: September 25th, Depart October, 1st. Earliest parking team arrival date is September 18th. You can arrive earlier, but may have to enter via the west entrance to the Mineola Civic Center and RV Park from 1199 N. Newsom St. (From Ivey St gate continue west to Newsom, then right).

Travel directions: Please enter the civic center grounds from the south off of Ivey St. (GPS: 599 Ivey St, Mineola, TX). Mineola Civic Center, South Gate, 599 Ivey St, Mineola, TX 75773. Due to small roads around the Civic Center, coming from any direction we want you to use Loop 564 around Mineola to TX FM 1254 that turns into Ivey St. and enter at the South Gate (599 Ivey St).

Traveling east/west on I-20, take Exit 556, north on US Highway 69 for 13.5 miles, right exit onto E Loop 564 for 4 miles, left on TX FM 1254 continue onto Ivey St., right at gate (599 Ivey St). into Mineola Civic Center. Follow SMART signs, you will be directed to your site.

Traveling south or west on I-30, take Exit 124, right onto exit ramp, left/south on TX 154E to Quitman, TX, right on TX 37S to Mineola, left exit onto E Loop 564 (just past Walmart), 0.8 Miles to right on TX FM 1254 (1st exit), continue onto Ivey St., right (599 Ivey St) into Mineola Civic Center. Follow SMART signs and you will be directed to your site.

Tour Information

Tours are planned for Monday, September 24th and Tuesday, September 25th

  • Tour #1: Dallas Arboretum, Botanical Garden, and George W. Bush Museum - Monday, September 24th: Participants should arrive at the Civic Center Main Building by 8:00. The bus departs at 8:30 and returns at approximately 17:00. These are Trip Advisor’s #1 & #3 things to do in Dallas. Cost of the tour is $85.00 per person and includes lunch. Maximum of 56 people.
  • Tour #2: Tyler Rose Museum & Gardens, The American Freedom Museum, and The Goodman-Legrand House & Museum - Tuesday, September 25th. Participants should arrive at the Civic Center Main Building by 8:00. The bus departs at 8:30 and returns at approximately 17:00. Cost of the tour is $35.00 per person with lunch, on your own, at Luby’s Cafeteria. Lunch cost not included. Maximum of 56 people.
  • Possibility of a “Poker Run” Tour visiting designated sites around area, picking up playing cards at each site to make the best poker hand, and having dinner and social time in the evening. Time: TBD on September 24th. More to come if available.

Civic Center Meeting Facilities

Muster Documents




Meredith_Hall Diagram.pdf