ARVC Agenda: Disaster Relief Fund Reflects ‘Tight-Knit’ Industry

July 19, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on ARVC Agenda: Disaster Relief Fund Reflects ‘Tight-Knit’ Industry

Evanne Schmnarder

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, the ARVC Foundation wanted to find a way to assist members in need – thus, the Disaster Relief Fund was created. While Katrina spurred this very important fund, the Foundation recognized the need for financial assistance during other disasters as well. The Disaster Relief Fund has assisted several members through flood, fire and hurricane damage since its inception.

According to Jay Sporl Sr., CPO, chairman of the Disaster Relief Fund Board, the ARVC Foundation is prepared to assist member parks in need with an up to $5,000 interest-free loan to be repaid within three years. Grants of up to $1,000 may be awarded as well without any expectation of repayment. Both offers of financial assistance are made possible by the generous contributions of ARVC members.

“The ARVC Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund is supported by park owners and operators for park owners and operators. Helping one another out in a time of need is a hallmark of our sector of this tight-knit industry. The board, made up primarily of park owners and operators – peers really – stands ready to quickly act upon member requests in the face of disastrous events,” remarked Sporl. “In fact, we’re honored to provide this service.”

Outdoor Hospitality Conference Promises to be Value-Packed

ARVC continues to roll out details of the upcoming 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo presented by ARVC scheduled to take place Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2011, in beautiful Savannah, Ga. In addition to a significant registration rate restructure ARVC’s education department, under Barb Youmans, senior director of administration and education, is ramping up over 30 seminars, a return of the very popular industry panel, cracker barrels and a special Opening Luncheon Keynote speaker, Tim Richardson.

The ARVC Foundation will again host several well-loved fundraisers including the Foundation Auction and will introduce a Walk-a-Thon benefitting the Disaster Relief Fund.

Details about the conference as well as online registration can be found at Attendees are encouraged to register prior to Aug. 31 to take advantage of the best rates available and all members of the outdoor hospitality industry are invited to join ARVC in Savannah.

2011 Awards of Excellence Competition Open

Each year the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds Awards of Excellence recognize the accomplishments of members in operations, marketing, management and industry. The competition is open to all members of ARVC. In 2011 ARVC is combining some past awards (website, brochure and direct mail) into one Park of the Year award for the best small, medium, large and mega park. Additionally, there is no fee to enter the Park of the Year award.

A panel of impartial industry professionals selected by ARVC’s Membership Committee will judge each entry on a point system, with points awarded for different criteria. To download a copy of the Awards of Excellence entry form or a copy of the judging criteria, please go to All entries must be postmarked on or before the entry deadline of August 31, 2011.

New ARVC Government Affairs Consultants Tackle Several Issues

Based on the direct feedback and comments of ARVC members, their government affairs firm will be closely tracking and reporting on several issues at the state and federal levels over the coming months including:

  • Any tax provision or user fee related to campgrounds and RV parks.
  • The increasing number of fees, licenses, permits and regulations affecting campgrounds and RV parks.
  • Funding for tourism promotion.
  • Provisions related to electricity provided at campgrounds.
  • Highway signage fees.

Consider Checking Out The ‘Leave it to Barb’ Blog

Gain insight to Workamping and park operations through the eyes of ARVC Senior Director of Administration and Education Barb Youmans as she works at several Colorado campgrounds this summer. The ‘Leave it to Barb’ blog can be seen at


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