South Dakota Association Amends Bylaws
The South Dakota Campground Owners Association (SDCOA) revised some of its bylaws during the annual spring meeting March 14 at the First Gold Hotel in Deadwood, S.D.
Campgrounds formerly were assessed dues based on the number of campsites listed by the county health departments or the number listed in the Woodall’s North American Directory, whichever was larger, Cherrylee Bradt, executive director, told Woodall’s Campground Management. The 17 campgrounds represented agreed to now base their dues on the health department listings.
Mary Arlington, a board member of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) from Kansas, addressed the group on the benefits of belonging to ARVC.
Eleven companies took part in the vendor show and each vendor gave a brief presentation prior to the opening of the show.
Susan Edwards Johnson, a representative of Black Hills Central Reservations based in Deadwood, explained the company’s services for the state’s tourism industry. The firm provides reservation services for RV parks and campgrounds, hotel/motels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, guest homes, day spas and Sturgis motorcycle rally vacation homes as well as for the South Dakota state park system.
The association also held a benefit raffle to raise money for the college scholarship it awards to a tourism major attending Black Hills State University in Spearfish or to someone who has worked in the private campground industry or intends to.
SDCOA will hold its annual meeting Oct. 17. The 43-year-old organization represents 42 campgrounds across the state.