Join or Renew RVA Membership for 2019:
Please take time to join the RVA or renew your RVA Membership for 2019. We hope you will consider your RVA membership an important part of your annual giving, knowing the RV Company directly benefits from your involvement and donations. The RV Company Cadet Commander and RV Company Military Advisor are present at the RVA Leadership meetings to allow for direct communication between the RVA and the RV Company and ensure priority needs are identified and met.
All former members of the Ross Volunteer Company are invited and encouraged to join the association. The Ross Volunteer Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation eligible for corporate matching gifts, and membership donations to the RVA are tax deductible. Use the 'Renew or Join the RVA' link at the top of this webpage to join online or select 'Download a Membership Form' to join via mail. Direct any questions to the Membership Committee Chair, George Stokes '63 at RVA@corpsofcadets.org.
Join the Ranks of the RVA Life Member Platoon
The Ross Volunteer Association received an outstanding response to our 2018 Life Membership Promotion. During the twelve month period, the ranks of the Life Member Platoon increased from 34 to 84! Thanks to the 50 new Life Members that answered the call. In addition, several former RVs initiated their pledge to Life Membership during the promotion which means our Life Member Platoon will continue to grow in the upcoming years.
Although the 2018 promotion has ended, RVA Life Membership is always an option available to our members, and we encourage all former RVs to consider a donation at this level in support of the RV Company. Life Membership in the RVA is attained through $5,000 donated within 5 years or less. Benefits of Life Membership include:
· 100% of Your Life Membership Donation is Directed to the RVA Endowment
· Your Name is Engraved on the RVA Life Member Platoon Plaque
· You will Receive a Personal Life Member Plaque & Gold Lapel Pin with Diamond
· You will be Recognized by an Engraved Name Plate on an RV Performance Rifle
Direct any questions to RVA Membership Chair George Stokes'63 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Member Event
The 2018 RVA Life Membership Promotion included the special benefit of a complimentary invitation for each RVA Life Member and a guest to attend a Life Member Event on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Aggieland. This event will immediately follow the 2019 RVA Spring Meeting and BBQ Social scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Duncan Dining Hall. Life Member Event activities will include:
1:00pm - Campus Bus Tour (highlighting new Texas A&M facilities)
3:00pm - Quad Tour and RV Memorial Ceremony
6:00pm - Cocktail Reception, Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center
6:30pm -Dinner & Program (featuring remarks from Texas A&M VIPs)
All completed RVA Life Members as of December 31, 2018 should have received a Save the Date card in the mail. A formal invitation will follow in early March with RSVP instructions. An RSVP is required by Wednesday, March 27 for the Campus Bus Tour and the Cocktail Reception/Dinner. RSVP to RVA Endowment Chair Scott Eberhart '74 via phone at 817-729-7476, or via email at email@example.com. Please include the following in your RSVP:
Your Name and Class Year
Name of Guest
Number Attending RVA BBQ Social
Number Attending Bus Tour
Number Attending Cocktail Reception/Dinner
Any Dietary Restrictions for Dinner (see menu below)
Wedge Salad with Crispy Bacon, Pickled Onion, Heirloom Tomato, Green Goddess Dressing
Coriander and Black Pepper Seared Beef Filet & Herb Crusted Salmon Filet
Potato Duchess with Goat Cheese and Thyme Broccolini with Lemon and Olive Oil
Cheesecake with Lemon Raspberry Sauce/Chocolate Mousse Trilogy with Blackberry Sauce
The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is offering a block of rooms at the special rate of $135 per night (available for April 5 and April 6 - your choice of one or two nights). Click on the button below to make your reservation no later than Wednesday, March 6 to receive the special rate.
Order RVA Merchandise Online:
The Ross Volunteer Association has partnered with Core Image Group, a College Station based company, to provide online purchase of RVA apparel. Orders can be delivered to your address or picked up on your next visit to Aggieland. Click on the picture below and start shopping!
In Memory and In Honor Gifts to the Ross Volunteer Association:
In Memory Gifts are a special way to memorialize an RV or anyone special to you who has passed away. In Honor Gifts are a special way to recognize, acknowledge, or show appreciation to an RV or other important person in your life on a special occasion such as an anniversary, birthday, graduation, or other appropriate event . When a Memorial or Honor gift is received by the RVA, a letter is sent to the donor(s) to acknowledge the gift, as well as to any individual(s) the donor indicates should receive an acknowledgment. This may include the family of the deceased or the person being honored. The amount of the gift is not revealed in the acknowledgement.
Mail your Memorial or Honor Gift to:
Ross Volunteer Association
PO Box 12066
College Station, TX 77842
In your communication, please include your name, address, and phone number, as well as the name of the person you are memorializing or honoring (if an Aggie and/or an RV, please provide class year). Finally, remember to include the name and address of anyone you wish to receive an acknowledgement of your gift.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact George Stokes at 979-828-0099.
2019 RV Company & RVA Events:
January 7th - RV Company Reports for Two-a-Days
January 15th - RVs Participate in Governor’s Inauguration
January 19th - RVs Participate in Southern Heritage Ball
February 9th - RVs Perform at Aggieland Saturday
February 16th - RVA Board of Directors Meeting
February 16th - RVs March in Conroe Go Texan Parade
March 3rd - 5th - RV Mardi Gras Trip and Rex Parade Performance
March 30th - RVs Participate in Corps Hall of Honor Gala
April 6th - RVA Spring Meeting & BBQ Social
April 6th - RVA Life Member Event
April 13th - RV Family Weekend Performance, Quad
April 22nd - Campus Muster, Reed Arena
April 26th - RVs March in Fiesta Battle of Flowers Parade, San Antonio
April 30th - RV Spring Ball
May 3rd - Corps Senior Dining Out
May 4th - RVA Board of Directors Meeting (Final Review)
RV Video Collection is Now Available on the RVA YouTube Channel!
Spring 2017 Video Collection
2019 Ross Volunteer Association Board of Directors:
Kyle McNeely ‘74, President
Mandy Scott ‘87, Past President
Jim Richards ‘69, President Elect
Nick Naccarato '70, Director
Mark Johnson ‘78, Director
Tim Macmanus ‘78, Director
Steve Weaver '74, Exec. Director
Col. Glenn Starnes '81, RV Company Advisor
Jacob Holley '19, RV Company Commander
Ross Volunteer Association Committee Chairs:
Bill Walker '73, Finance
George Stokes '63, Membership
Mandy Scott ‘87, Communications
Scott Eberhart '74, Endowment
Justin Curtsinger '06, History and Archives
Owen Yang '11, Information
Robert Pagenkopf '06, Compliance Reporting
About the Ross Volunteer Association
The Ross Volunteer (RV) Company is one of the more recognizable Cadet organizations on the Texas A&M campus, due to their distinctive white uniforms and rifle drill performances. The RVs serve as the honor guard for the governor of the state of Texas, and also march in the annual Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans as King Rex’s escorts. The RVs not only serve at official state of Texas functions in their role as the governor’s honor guard, but also travel around the country performing precision drill presentations as representatives of Texas A&M University.
There are many associations of Aggie alumni which have been formed as a means of supporting current students, such as the Association of Former Yell Leaders, The Association of Former Fish Drill Team Members, and the Corps of Cadets Association. Until recently, there was no permanent association of RV alumni, but due to the efforts of several former RVs, among them Scott Eberhart ’74 , Col. Jake Betty ’73 and Col. Byron Stebbins ’78 of the Commandant’s office, the Ross Volunteer Association was established in 2009.
In organizing the RVA, the association adopted the following objectives:
(1) To provide any required assistance and support for the current Ross Volunteers and their objectives in any fashion or method deemed appropriate by the RVA;
(2) To keep appropriate records pertaining to members of the Association and of all former Ross Volunteers;
(3) To provide the vehicle for the expression of joint interests, concerns, and endeavors in all matters pertaining to the Ross Volunteers on the Texas A&M University campus; and
(4) To perpetuate the position and tradition of the Ross Volunteers at Texas A&M University (TAMU).
In attaining those objectives, the RVA realized that it needed to be organized officially and to be affiliated with a larger Texas A&M alumni-oriented organization, such as the Association of Former Students or the Corps of Cadets Association (CCA), so an RVA Executive Director and Board of Directors was formed, and chose to affiliate the RVA with the CCA as a division of the CCA.