Association Split on Legalizing Slots
Eighteen of the 28 member campgrounds in the Maryland Association of Campgrounds (MAC) were represented at the spring meeting Feb. 26 at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md.
Linda Profaizer, president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and Micki Leak, ARVC’s director of meetings and membership, spoke at the meeting. Profaizer outlined new ARVC member benefits, while Leak discussed the upcoming National Issues Conference, to be held at Cherry Hill Park April 29 to May 1.
Karen Justice, a motivational speaker from The Powerhouse agency, spoke at a certified park operator course on how campground owners can deal with staff issues.
Deb Carter, MAC executive director, led a review of upcoming legislative issues facing the campground industry in Maryland. Among them is a proposed study of the state’s regulations governing public swimming pools and a proposed tax increase on certain commercial property. MAC supports higher funding for the state’s forests and parks and an increase in funding for the Office of Tourism and Development, Carter told Woodall's Campground Management. She also said MAC is “split down the middle” on the legalization of slot machines in Maryland, an issue which goes to a state referendum on the November ballot.
Carter also reported on the distribution of 6,000 MAC brochures at the Maryland Recreational Vehicle Dealer’s Association Spring RV Show held over two weekends in February in Timonium, Md. The show was well attended, drawing more than 17,000 people, Carter said.
MAC officers for the new year were elected at last week's meteing. They are President Michael Irons, Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort, Thurmont; Vice President Sue Wendlandt, Sandy Hill Family Camp, Quantico; Treasurer Debbie Irons, Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort; Secretary Mike Gurevich, Cherry Hill Park, College Park; and Directors Warren Glotfelty, Double G RV Park, McHenry; Mike and Linda Gurevich, Cherry Hill Park; Ron and Vicki Vitkun, Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, Williamstown; Carsten Wendlandt, Sandy Hill Family Camp; Elyse Wilkinson, Bar Harbor, Abingdon; and Russ Yates, Holiday Park, Greensboro.
It was noted during the meeting that several honors came to MAC members in recent months. Cherry Hill Park received the distinguished Stan Martin Award at the ARVC convention in November. In that same month, Carter received the Tourism Person of the Year award from the state of Maryland and Maryland Tourism Council. Carter chairs the governor’s Tourism Industry Conference and the Maryland Tourism Council. Since 1975, she has been a part owner of the Buttonwood Beach Resort in Earleville, Md. She also is the volunteer executive director of MAC.
The Maryland association will hold its next meeting Oct. 28 at the Queen Anne’s County Tourism Office in Chester, Md.