Busy Agenda at CONY’s 45th Annual Conf.
Fifty-three campgrounds were represented at the Campground Owners of New York’s (CONY) 45th Annual Conference and Trade Show Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Rochester, N.Y.
Donald G. Bennett Jr., CONY’s executive director, provided these highlights to Woodall’s Campground Management.
The conference kicked off with two six-hour seminars on Oct. 30 that carried CPO-certified hours.
CONY President Scott Sherwood of Spruce Row Campground in Ithaca gave the conference keynote address, followed by a presentation by Greg Marshall, the chief marketing officer of the Greater Rochester Visitors Bureau.
After the keynote address. conferees toured the George Eastman House with dinner following.
On Oct. 31, additional CPO education sessions were offered:
Peter O’Connell, CONY’s lobbyist, updated his clients on what legislative efforts have been underway in 2008 and what is planned for 2009.
With the increasing amount of campground owners and operators becoming younger and having children, CONY decided to run a CONY Kids Club. They had activities in the Kids Club room, visited the Strong Children’s Museum in Rochester and attended a Halloween party at Don and Lisa Bennett’s home before coming back to the conference facility for a costume parade during the annual auction. Twelve children attended the activity. “The parents and kids liked it so much that we will definitely keep this on the agenda for 2009’s conference,” Bennett said.
New Officers, Directors Elected
A trade show featuring 26 vendors followed the sponsorship recognition luncheon and concluded on Saturday morning, followed by a cracker barrel session. That afternoon, CONY conducted its annual business meeting where the following officers were elected to one-year terms:
The following regional directors were elected to new three-year terms by their regions in September 2008.
Awards Given to CONY Members
Saturday evening saw the annual awards banquet and Hall of Fame induction. Marketing awards were given to parks that entered the competition in two categories: more than 100 campsites and less than 100 campsites.
In the less than 100 campsite category:
In the large campground category:
The president’s award was awarded to Region 3 director Rosemary Curtis, CPO, of Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in recognition of her commitment to CONY and her hard work in going above and beyond what is expected of her.
Hall of Fame Inductees
The CONY Hall of Fame induction honored two ladies, each of whom represent one of the 12 CONY charter member parks when CONY was formed 45 years ago. Both also are still engaged in running their parks on a daily basis. Vera Eddy of Woodstream Campground in Gainesville and Mildred Yaniszewski of Conesus Lake Campground in Conesus.
“It was a treat for me to actually be the one who inducted them into CONY’s Hall of Fame, as my grandmother, Mildred Yaniszewski, was one of the inductees," Bennett said.
CONY’s 46th annual conference will be at the Kaatskill Mountain Club and Hunter Mountain Ski Area in Hunter, N.Y. from Oct. 28 to Nov.1, 2009.