ARVC Voice: Bambei Promotes Membership Benefits
The average annual dues for ARVC membership is just $225 per year. Some parks may be higher, some lower, but on average dues run $225/year. Business-minded ARVC members look for ways to offset this dues expense through the economic benefits they receive, not counting all the positive educational, marketing and governmental advantages the association delivers.
Recently, ARVC introduced a new Preferred Provider relationship with Skyline Homes, a quality manufacturer of park models and travel trailers, where members can now purchase from Skyline’s entire product line at greatly reduced pricing. One park owner took advantage of this, pocketing roughly $16,000 for two units combined, or enough to pay his ARVC dues for many years to come.
Just announced, ARVC members will benefit from a major satellite television deal that affords them significant ongoing monthly programming, capital equipment and installation savings. When compared to the typical cable deal, a park with 100 sites can save over $400 per month. Another Member Benefit Provider, Suburban Propane, guarantees their lowest price will be honored for ARVC members anywhere in the country thanks to a members-only negotiated low-match deal.
In process is a flat annual rate music license deal for ARVC members to enjoy music copyright protection with BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, with the added benefit of no-hassle-calling from any of these three licensors. Details will be forthcoming once negotiations are finalized.
We are working very hard at ARVC headquarters to offer these and other, new money-saving member benefits… something that is only possible when the cooperative buying power of a large and growing national association stays unified and committed to doing what’s best for the common good of all.
ARVC Strategic Task Force Update
Coming out of the 2010 ARVC Conference in Las Vegas, voluntary committees were established to make recommendations on the three most significant issues ARVC membership felt needed attention: Roles and Responsibilities of National and States; ARVC Value Creation; and Communication Enhancement.
After conducting on-site meetings and continuous follow up meetings this past spring and summer, preliminary committee recommendations are nearing finalization and will be reviewed by ARVC’s Executive Committee. A final report will be presented to the full ARVC board at its annual meeting in December at the Savannah Conference, with execution of approved action items expected to take place in early 2012.
Join the ARVC Foundation Walk for Disaster Relief
In 2011 Hurricane Irene hit hard and many businesses on the East Coast are still trying to recover. One ARVC member park owner described it this way, “Our campground flooded at record levels, causing damage to our electric, septic, roads, picnic tables and landscaping. In addition, the main road which leads to our campground was closed for two weeks and we were without power for three days and water for five days.” The 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo in Savannah, Ga., will see the first ARVC Foundation Walk for Disaster Relief on Friday, Dec. 2.
Conference attendees are encouraged to participate. Fees and pledges, benefiting the ARVC Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund – a 501(c)3 organization, may be tax deductible. For more information please contact Barb Youmans, Senior Director of Administration and Education at (303) 461-0401, ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk registration can be found at http://www.arvc.org/downloads/OHCE2011/WalkRegistrationForm.pdf.
To register for the 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo being held in Savannah, Ga., on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, visit http://www.arvc.org/Attendees-OutdoorHospitalityConference.aspx.
Outdoor Hospitality Conference Updates on Facebook, Twitter
ARVC will once again be broadcasting Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo highlights live from the Savannah, Ga., event on two mainstream social networks. Follow ARVC on Twitter at @MyARVC and “like” the ARVC Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Association-of-RV-Parks-Campgrounds-ARVC/157024484804?sk=wall) to stay abreast of upcoming convention happenings via “from the floor” updates during the convention – Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.
ARVC Hill Day 2012
ARVC is in the process of considering a Hill Day in the spring of 2012 where ARVC members would come to Washington for presentations to discuss important issues and to meet with key members of Congress. ARVC last did a Hill Day program in 2010 and believes that continued outreach to members of Congress and Congressional staff is vital to a sound government relations program.
National School of RV Park & Campground Management Accepting Student Applications Online
The 2012 National School of RV Park & Campground Management is scheduled to take place Feb. 21-25, 2012, at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W. Va. Early registration is highly recommended; only 90 first-year student spaces are available. New for the 2012 session, prospective students may enroll online by visiting http://www.campgroundschool.org/enroll-online.
Students at the school have a wide range of industry experience ranging from prospective owners to those with many years of experience. Graduate Beverly Demetriff, manager of Frandy Park Campground in Kernville, Calif., had this to say about her first-year School experience:
“After managing a campground for six years, I honestly was not sure how much the ARVC park management school would help when I attended the first year. But what I received from the school goes beyond words. I not only learned more and better ways to manage and develop my campground, I was inspired by the instructors and the students. Their enthusiasm was contagious. I came back to my campground overflowing with ideas and a passion to improve the campground, its staff – even my own attitude. Based on the comments and compliments of customers and associated businesses, I know our summer season was a success thanks to the information and education from the ARVC school that I was able to implement for our 2010 summer season. The reason I want to attend the second year is to get more of the same – ideas, information, enthusiasm and more – all to help me revitalize and improve my campground for 2011.”
Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo attendees will be able to meet many of the School’s regents and instructors at their National School of RV Park & Campground Management Expo – booth 608. For more information about the School, curriculum, tuition fees and more visit their new website: http://www.campgroundschool.org.