Join or Renew RVA Membership for 2018:
Please take time to join the RVA or renew your RVA Membership for 2018. 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...Special 2018 Promotion
The Ross Volunteer Association is offering a Life Membership promotion for 2018. Our goal is to increase our current count of 34 Life Members to 100 or more by the end of 2018, forming the ranks of an RVA Life Member Platoon. Life Membership in the RVA is attained through $5,000 donated within 5 years or less. During this special promotion, those completing Life Membership in 2018 will receive credit for all RVA membership donations made in the previous 4 years from 2014 to 2017. This credit will be applied toward the $5,000 amount as long as payment on the remaining balance is completed by December 31, 2018. For full details on the 2018 Life Member Promotion click here to download the information flyer.
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 email@example.com or contact George Stokes at 979-828-0099.
2017-2018 RV & RVA Events:
September 29th - RV Participation in the Distinguished Alumni Gala
October 8th - RV Induction Banquet
October 9th - RV Weapons Run
November 5th - 2017 RVA Fall Meeting & Duncan Brunch @ 11:00a.m. (Rally to the Guidons Weekend)
November 10th - RV Participation in Brazos County Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11th - RV Participation in Veterans Day Wreath Laying on Campus
November 20th - RV Fall Drill Competition
December 3rd - RV Company Marches in B/CS Holiday Parade
December 6th - RV Company Winter Social
January 8th -12th - RV Company Returns to Campus for 2-a-Days
January 20th - RVA Board of Directors Meeting
February 10th - RVs Perform at Aggieland Saturday
February 11th-13th - RV Mardi Gras Trip and Rex Parade Performance
February 17th - RVs March in Go Texan Conroe Parade
February 23rd - RVs Participate in Hagler Institute for Advanced Study Gala
March 25th - RVA Spring Meeting & BBQ Social
March 25th - RVA Board of Directors Meeting
April 14th - RV Family Weekend Performance, Simpson Drill Field
April 21st - Campus Muster, Reed Arena
April 27th - RVs March in Fiesta Battle of Flowers Parade, San Antonio
RV Company 2017-2018 Video Collection
B/CS Christmas Parade, December 3, 2017
Spring 2017 Video Collection
2018 Ross Volunteer Association Board of Directors:
Mandy Scott '87, President
Justin Curtsinger '06, Past President
Kyle McNeely '74, President Elect
Jim Richards '69, Director
Grayum Davis '65, Director
Nick Naccarato '70, Director
Steve Weaver '74, Exec. Director
Col. Glenn Starnes '81, RV Company Advisor
Kyle Barth '18, RV Company Commander
2018 Ross Volunteer Association Committee Chairs:
Bill Walker '73, Finance
George Stokes '63, Membership
Bill Gutierrez '91, 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.