ARVC Caps Another Successful Year at InSites
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds President Linda Profaizer and then-Chairman Mark Anderson, a New York State park operator, reported that, overall, their sector of the industry held steady and in many cases business was slightly up.
“We are just coming off one of our most successful InSites Conventions and Outdoor Hospitality Expos,” says ARVC President Linda Profaizer. “The education sessions were top-notch with highlights on the front and back end of the convention with general session panels that provided great insight into the industry and how to operate in today’s changing world.
“My thanks to the suppliers who exhibited at the Expo. Without them we wouldn’t be able to put on the event. They had some great products and offers and thank you to everyone who attended and to all of our volunteers. We look forward to the 2010 InSites Convention & Expo to be held in fabulous Las Vegas, Nev.
“2010 is going to be a good year. We have much to look forward to and much to be thankful for as 2009 comes to an end. We have some exciting plans for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the RV industry.
InSites 2009 Highlights
ARVC’s InSites 2009 Convention and Outdoor Hospitality Expo brought an even brighter shine to the happiest place on earth. Held at the beautiful Rosen Centre and Orange County Convention Center, this year’s Orlando-based convention lived up to its tagline. From all accounts it truly was a “Passport to a World of Opportunity.”
The event kicked off with our annual meeting. President Profaizer and Chairman Mark Anderson shared the state of our association with members. They reported that, overall, our sector of the industry had held steady and in many cases had actually grown during the Great Recession.
Learning opportunities were abundant with nearly two dozen professional development seminars. This year’s POOT tour and both all day seminars – FUNdation and OSHA – were value-packed, providing attendees with information that can be applied in their parks immediately. InSites also offered three general session/panel discussions and each one provided insight into what most affects our businesses today as well as future opportunities.
The ARVC Foundation hosted an assortment of events and raised money while delivering a great time in the name of advancing educational opportunities for ARVC members. From the annual Golf Tourney — generously sponsored by LSI — to the “All-Star” Foundation Auction (which raised more than $25,000) to the “Home Run Derby” Sweepstakes, the foundation fundraisers were a success.
This year’s amazing Expo boasted over 100 unique companies offering the latest products and services. The Door Prize Giveaway was a hit, awarding wonderful prizes donated by exhibitors, culminating with one lucky winner walking away with a full 2010 InSites registration package.
The “ARVC Academy Awards Gala” Thursday evening wrapped up the festivities with style and pizzazz. This event announced the incoming ARVC chairman of the board – David L. Berg of Maine, the 2010 executive committee and board of directors. Winning “Home Run Derby” Sweepstakes tickets were drawn and recognition was given to those in the industry who have made exceptional contributions over the past year, including the prestigious Stan Martin Award presented to Mary Arlington, CPO, of High Plains Camping in Oakley, Kan.
The 2009/2010 Awards of Excellence were bestowed upon honorees with recognition on both the state and national level. Competition was stiff in many categories. ARVC congratulates the following award recipients:
- Small State Directory of the Year: Maryland
- Medium State Directory of the Year: New Jersey
- Large State Directory of the Year: California
- State Executive of the Year: Deb Carter, Maryland
- State President of the Year: Jim Breneman, Pennsylvania
- Supplier of the Year: TengoInternet Inc.
- Direct Mail Promotion of the Year: Lake George RV Park, Lake George, N.Y., and Hearthside Grove, North Petoskey, Mich.
- Park Brochure of the Year: Point Sebago Resort, Casco, Maine.
- Website of the Year: Buttonwood Campground, Mexico, Pa.
- Plan-it Green Award: Ocean Lakes Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Williamsport, Md., and Sacred Rocks Reserve, Boulevard, Calif.
- Small Park of the Year: The Springs at Borrego, Borrego Springs, Calif.
- Medium Park of the Year: Cross Creek Camping Resort, Delaware, Ohio.
- Large Park of the Year: Holly Shores Camping Resort, Cape May, N.J.
Class of 2009 CPO graduates including initial certifications, re-certifications and lifetime certifications were recognized for their commitment to higher education in bettering themselves, their businesses and the industry as a whole. Additionally, 31 member parks were recognized for receiving “A” ratings in the GuestRated consumer surveys.
The evening ended celebrating Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts 40th anniversary. Leisure Systems Inc. COO Rob Schutter announced an upcoming Warner Brothers Yogi Bear movie scheduled for release in December 2010 featuring the voice of Dan Akroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as BooBoo.
Join ARVC next year for another terrific InSites experience in fabulous Las Vegas, Nev., at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Early early bird pricing available until Dec. 31 at www.arvc.org.
The ARVC Foundation’s Giving
Tree Offers Lifetime Memorials
(Contributed by Karl Littman, CPO, ARVC Foundation vice chairman)
A few years ago, Sanford Werfel, an artist and sculptor from North Brunswick, N.J., was commissioned by ARVC to create a donor sculpture to provide a means for industry members to permanently memorialize or honor special persons or occasions that touched and illuminated their lives or the lives of others. The result was a magnificent bronze, copper and mahogany sculpture which ARVC dubbed “The Giving Tree.”
This tree has been “on the road” for the past several years, being transported to various conventions and other venues where ARVC members can see it. It has since “taken root” in the new ARVC headquarters and hospitality center in Larkspur, Colo., and pictures of the giving tree travel instead. Consisting of bronze and copper leaves and small and large foundation boulders, it symbolizes growth, maturity and stability – all characteristics for which we strive as individuals and as an industry.
Bronze and copper leaf donors are entitled to an engraved leaf, on which the giving level is indicated. “Rock of Industry” donors dedicate beautiful major donor boulders at the foot of the tree. In each case, the donor selects the wording of the inscription to be engraved.
Funds raised through contributions to this program help the ARVC Foundation develop programs that benefit parks and resorts, provide educational opportunities for members, and support our entire industry. To date, $34,250 has been raised via the 46 leaves and nine boulders that have been engraved in memory or in honor of those who have meant so much to those who chose to recognize them in this way.
We invite you to consider whom YOU would like to remember FOREVER. For complete information or to request a brochure please contact the ARVC Foundation, 455 Tenderfoot Drive, Larkspur, CO 80118 or call (303) 681-0401.
Gas Tax Increase Possible
All negotiations about the short-term and long-term future of the highway program are grounded in the realization that the current federal motor fuel tax can no longer be counted on to provide sufficient revenue to meet highway and other surface transportation needs. For each of the past two years, Congress has had to appropriate emergency funds of $7-$8 billion to prevent the highway trust fund from running out of money and having to suspend or cancel hundreds of road improvement projects.
This is why there is increasing talk on Capitol Hill of the need to raise the federal gas tax from the current rate of 18.3 cents per gallon, which has been unchanged since 1991. A number of major national transportation groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Highway Users Alliance, the American Trucking Association and the American Automobile Association, have expressed support for increasing this tax, which exclusively funds the national highway program.