Kansas ARVC Restructured
The Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (KARVC) restructured itself at its annual Spring Fling on March 4. Fourteen member campgrounds were represented at the conference, held at the Prairie Band Casino and Resort in Mayetta, Kan.
After much discussion, the members and board unanimously agreed to eliminate the position of paid executive director and assume those responsibilities among themselves.
“I am thrilled for the organization,” said Mary Arlington, owner of High Plans Camping in Oakley, Kan., who had served as executive director for several years and also is on the board of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). “I don’t look at this as a ‘red flag’ at all. I look at it as a big step forward for the park owners sharing the responsibilities.”
Arlington told Woodall’s Campground Management that in concert with the restructuring, the KARVC office is being moved from Oakley to the Four Seasons RV Acres in Abilene. Arlington will continue to maintain the KARVC website.
KARVC also voted to drop its annual printed directory after this year, Arlington said.
The 32-page, full-color brochure “was a monster of a project,” Arlington said, and members recommended the directory be phased out. “Owners felt the trend is strongly going toward the Internet,” she said, and KARVC members agreed to step up their presence on their association website, www.ksrvparks.com. However, KARVC will still maintain a print presence through a trimmed down, tri-fold handout containing vital information on member parks and state tourism information, Arlington said.
During the spring conference, KARVC members heard sales/seminar presentations from four vendors: ARVC, AGS, Leavitt Insurance and Friend Communications.
KARVC also discussed the Kansas Tourism Initiative, a legislative effort designed to redefine tourism in Kansas and to increase the return on investment of the state’s tourism marketing dollars, Arlington said. A primary feature of the bill would turn the state’s Division of Travel and Tourism into a quasi-private entity. KARVC has been very supportive of the bill, she said.
KARVC officers elected for 2008 were: President Charlie Reasor, Capital City RV Park, Topeka; Vice President David Kepler, Walnut Grove RV Park, Merriam/Kansas City; and Secretary/Treasurer Mary Arlington.
New board members are: Harold Hays, Lawrence/Kansas City KOA; Eric Ossiander, Prairie Band Casino and Resort RV Park, Mayetta; Sheila Wagner, USI RV Park, Wichita; and Kepler.