ARVC Agenda: ARVC Focuses on What Really Matters

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March 23, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

The following column was prepared by Evanne Schmarder for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and appears in the April issue of Woodall's Campground Management.


As Paul Bambei, ARVC president and CEO, and his staff continue to deliver their membership practical, money-saving National Partner Pricing Programs such as the Just In Time/DIRECTV, Ford Motor Co., and recently announced Club Car member benefits, Bambei reports being mindful of a passage from the book Race For Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations: “Unused services have no value. Unneeded programs have no value. Uncompetitive products have no value. In other words, more stuff does not necessarily equal more value.”

ARVC’s goal is to avoid the useless “stuff” and concentrate on what really matters to member parks large and small. “In this world of always needing to prove ‘return on investment’ in everything we do, the savings from these significant, common-denominator benefits are what the association strives to obtain for its members.

Quite simply, ARVC ROI equals savings that far exceed the modest annual national dues that are as low as $135 per year or no higher than $458 per year, depending on park size. Even when combined with local state dues, the equation almost always comes out favorably.”

In addition to the over 20 ever-growing National Partner Pricing Programs, ARVC provides several other less financially tangible but equally important benefits including public affairs advocacy, educational enrichment, important member resources, networking opportunities and, of course, the ARVC Foundation.

President Bambei encourages members to review the many ARVC member benefits available to them and take advantage of those benefits that bring each specific member park value.

Learn more about the benefits of ARVC membership by visiting or by contacting Derek Dick, ARVC’s membership manager, at (303) 681-0401 or

National School Incorporates New OHEP Competencies

The 2012 National School of RV Parks and Campgrounds session moved to align its curriculum with the new Outdoor Hospitality Education Program key competencies and engaged learning philosophy. Each class ended its weeklong course work by completing a case study that incorporated all they learned throughout the week.

The same philosophy will be applied to the upcoming Spring Seminar Series being held in Denver, Colorado, May 16-17. The goal of this series of learning opportunities is to assist members in sharpening their skills and learning about important topics critical to their businesses’ success.

All members of the outdoor hospitality industry are welcome to attend. For more information, interested parties may contact Barb Youmans, ARVC senior director of membership and education at (303) 681-0414 or Both members and nonmembers may register online at

ARVC Voice Continues to Innovate

The February edition of the ARVC Voice offered members an improved e-magazine experience, adding a number of elements making it more user-friendly and easier to read.

The content has been organized by section and the clickable table of contents allows readers to jump to a section of special interest with a single click. The intuitive page-by-page browsing feature has been improved and the Voice in its entirety or individual pages can be downloaded, printed or shared via e-mail.

In the coming year, ARVC invites its members to share innovations and insights or a short video that will inform and educate others in the industry, allowing members to gain new perspectives and tools to help them grow their businesses. For more information or to inquire about submitting a story or idea, contact Evanne Schmarder, ARVC Voice editor, at (702) 460-9863 or

ARVC Supports Transportation Amendment

ARVC joined a broad range of travel and tourism-related groups – including the U.S. Travel Association, American Recreation Coalition, American Society of Travel Agents, and National Tour Association – in support of an amendment by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, to the federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill intended to ensure that state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations work closely with local travel leaders to design and implement long-term transportation plans that increase travel and tourism.

The Begich amendment would allow state tourism offices and destination marketing organizations to better advocate for important travel-related transportation projects. A 2007 study sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Federal Highway Administration found that the travel industry needs to be more engaged in transportation policies.


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