TACO, ARVC Boards Revisit Member Issue
Leaders of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) spent 4 ½ hours on Wednesday (Jan. 14) communicating to each other their concerns and wishes and smoothing over their differences. By day’s end, the two associations appeared to be closer than when they started.
The setting was TACO’s Winter Board Meeting at Pecan Park Campground in San Marcos, Texas, where Mark Anderson, ARVC chairman, and Max Gibbs, ARVC past chairman, were invited to review the membership status of TACO for 2009 and future years. TACO President Doug Shearer led the meeting.
Anderson told Woodall’s Campground Management it was an amicable meeting.
From a TACO press release and Anderson interview with WCM came these revelations:
Anderson sounded a conciliatory tone in his interview with WCM, acknowledging that both associations are improving their communications with each other.
"Both organizations are much better off if we choose to work together,” he said.
But he also noted that ARVC’s direct services go to the member campgrounds, not the state associations. “I hope our concern will always be in doing the best job for our members,” he said.
The financial hit that ARVC will sustain with diminished membership from Texas RV parks and campgrounds won’t be known for some time, Anderson said. But presumably the level of membership will be less.
In 2008, TACO registered 403 members with ARVC and collected about $56,000 in ARVC dues from those members that went to ARVC.
Anderson said that sometimes, “it gets lost in the vision. While we partner with the states, we reimburse them 20% for collecting ARVC dues.”
Anderson took the opportunity to note that there will be upgrades to ARVC member benefits in 2009, including an extensive PR campaign and a re-build of the GoCampingAmerica.com website.
In addition ARVC members realize considerable savings through various professional licensing agreements ARVC has been able to negotiate on behalf of its members, Anderson added.
He said ARVC will continue to work with all states to improve the campground industry.