Big Crowd Attends Wisconsin Conference
One of the largest state campground association meetings of the year attracted 627 people – 450 of them representing 127 campgrounds – to the 45th annual Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) Convention & Trade Show March 13-15 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wis.
The conference featured an equally large vendor show displaying the products and services of 163 companies, according to Lori Severson, executive director. WACO also offered 30 seminars covering a broad area of campground subjects.
WACO President Scott Kollock told Woodall’s Campground Management that his members are optimistic about the 2008 camping season, which runs from around mid-April through October. He said he suspects campers will stay closer to home this season, which will benefit the state’s private campground industry. He also said WACO is working more closely with the state’s public campgrounds which “creates a positive environment all the way around.”
Lobbyist Kathy Kilgore gave a report on key legislative issues in 2007 and for the coming year. Among her comments were these:
Hall of Fame Inductees
WACO inducted two campground into its Hall of Fame, bringing the number of inductees in the first two years to 10. The 2008 inductees are:
WACO started the Hall of Fame last year and inducted eight founding members in its inaugural class.
WACO welcomes Green Bay Packers past and present to its annual meeting and other association functions. This year, Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson attended the conference.
New Officers Elected
New officers were elected for 2008 and they are: President Scott Kollock, Vista Royalle Campground, Bancroft; Vice President Bud Styler, Crystal Lake Campground, Lodi; Treasurer Mary Kay Hagen, Pride of America, Portage; Secretary Dawn Button, Evergreen Campsites, Wild Rose; and Past President Joyce Stenklyft, Tomah.
Board members are: Mike Dricken, Lake Lenwood Beach and Campground, West Bend; Jim Kersten, Hidden Valley RV Resort, Milton; Mike Kubitz, Maple Heights Campground, Lakewood; Leland Nelson, Keyes Lake Campground, Florence; Dawn Rehwinkel, Merry Mac’s Campground, Merrimac; Wayne Schult, River Bay Camping Resort, Wisconsin Dells; Dave Schneider, Indian Trails Campground, Pardeeville; and Robert Weiss, Wilderness Campgrounds, Montello.