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MOARC Holds 41st Convention/Trade Show

March 4, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARC) held its 41st Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert, Mo., Feb. 27 to March 1. Nineteen parks from throughout the state were represented during the three-day event.
“Despite a 10-inch snowfall – the largest of the season – to hit the area, our annual convention was a resounding success,” Larry Helms, MOARC president, told Woodall’s Campground Management. The snowfall failed to dampen conference attendee’s enthusiasm. However, hazardous road conditions did cause an adjustment to the convention schedule preventing Robert Smith, Missouri director of tourism, and state Rep. David Day from giving their keynote addresses.
Trade vendors in attendance of this year’s convention were recognized and presented plaques during the vendor appreciation and welcome reception. Trade vendors in attendance also “greatly contributed to MOARC annual trade show auction,” said Linda Alcorn, executive co-director. Auction proceeds were up 30% setting a record for the annual MOARC fundraiser.
Highlights of the convention and trade show included:

  • Introduction and roll out of MOARC’s new website being developed by Texas Advertising.
  • A demonstration of advertising advantages using emerging Internet capabilities.
  • A seminar on Missouri sales tax law conduced by Franey and Associates.
  • The convention’s first-ever Webinar. The topic was credit card processing, and the session was conducted by Art Lieberman, owner of MCCS.
    This year’s event also included relevant seminars by guest speakers from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Division of Tourism, University of Missouri Extension, External Communication Public Affairs Office at Fort Leonard Wood and the executive director of Pulaski County Tourism.
    Cheryl Smith, education director for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), attended and gave a report on ARVC’s new educational opportunities and programs.
    New officers elected were: President Larry Helms, Boiling Spring Campground, Dixon; Vice President Cheryl Rials, Acorn Acres RV Park & Villas, Branson; Secretary Eleanor Maggard, Jason Place, Salem; and Treasurer Linda Alcorn, Countryside Senior RV Park, Sedalia.
    MOARC will hold its 2010 convention Feb. 25-27 at the Hotel De Ville in Jefferson City.

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