Sun N Fun RV Resort, Dick Whalen & Convention DVDs in ARVC News

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March 1, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

ARVC is pleased to announce that the 2009/2010 Mega Park of the Year was awarded to Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Fla. The Park of the Year Award recognizes entrants based on several criteria including national directory ratings, operational excellence, community service, and association involvement.

“We understand that we are not selling a ‘piece of ground’ but rather a lifestyle. Our entire community – 3,000 guests – get involved in the community service aspect of the judging criteria and take as much pride in the award as we do. They were elated at our once again being named “Mega-Park of the Year,” and it reconfirms their choice of RV resorts,” said Tim Deputy, CPO, general manager, Sun N Fun.

Congratulations to the staff of Sun N Fun RV Resort!

Florida ARVC Honors Dick

Whalen for 38 Years of Service

Dick Whalen, CPO, former owner of Dunedin Beach Campground, Dunedin, Fla., was honored for his long-term dedication and contribution to Florida ARVC and the RV park industry as a whole at a recent Florida association dinner. In 1972 Whalen developed and managed the park with his brother-in-law. In 1981, as the business grew, he bought out his partner and ran the operation with his wife, Beverly.

Dunedin Beach Campground became a FLARVC member in 1977 and Whalen joined the Florida ARVC board in 1983. In his 26 years of service Whalen held the positions of vice president 1984-85, president 1985-86, and served on the executive committee in all positions many times.

In addition to his FLARVC involvement, Whalen also served the national association as ARVC chairman, on the Dunedin Chamber Board of Governors and as the Dunedin Chamber Tourism chairman. Dick and Beverly Whalen were at the dinner but did not know they were going to be honored. Members of FLARVC surprised them by presenting them a large engraved wooden keepsake/photo box. The inscription thanked them for their years of service, support and friendship to the association and to the camping industry. It also included a variety of photos of Dick and Beverly that were taken over the years at Florida ARVC and ARVC events.

InSites Seminars Are

Now Available on DVD

Couldn’t make it to InSites, but want to take advantage of the professional development classes? Great news! The 2009 InSites seminars are now available on DVD. ARVC members may purchase single-day sessions for $80/per day (plus shipping) or a complete set of all 19 seminars for a package price of $225 (plus shipping). Call the ARVC office at (800) 395-2267 or e-mail ARVC’s Education Director Cheryl Smith at to place your order.

ARVC Report Releases

New Editorial Calendar

The ARVC Report is gearing up for a high-value, information-rich, news-you-can-use publishing year. The feature topics were developed with ARVC members in mind. Whether for a small park or a multi-resort operation, the Report serves as a useful business tool to refer back to throughout the year. The ARVC Report is published 11 times a year and distributed to members in both soft copy and hard copy formats.

2010 feature topics include New Media Marketing, Annual Recreation Issue, Annual Best Ideas/How-to Issue, All-Around Park Maintenance, Safety at Your Park, Industry Education, Annual Technology Issue, Marketing Plans, Pre-InSites, and Post-InSites.

We welcome contribution inquiries from those in the industry. Contact ARVC Report Editor Evanne Schmarder at to inquire about providing an article for this publication.

ARVC Park Owners Are

Upbeat About Going Green

After nearly three years of construction, Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe, Ariz., is lucky enough to have a light-rail station just steps from its entrance, which has attracted a new customer base. Environmentally conscious RVers riding the light rail to arts, cultural, sports and dining destinations on the 22-mile route is a huge incentive to the business.

About 60% of guests use the rail, said Barbara Stafford, who has owned Apache Palms since 1991. She said several of them have chosen her park specifically because it is on the line.

Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park, Nathrop, Colo., had been a little ‘green’ for the past seven years. But this year it took the plunge and found that not only can it “go green,” but it can save “green” in the process. Chalk Creek’s staff hired county recycling people – for a reasonable fee – to start picking up the park’s recycling on a weekly basis.

At the same time, Chalk Creek brainstormed with their workampers at a weekly meeting and came up with ideas to get guests to help. By taking just a few small steps, guests have climbed aboard the recycling bandwagon. Not only has the park earned kudos, it’s saving money in trash pick-up and feeling good about doing more for the environment.

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