MOARC Establishes Relationship with Missouri State Parks
The Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARC) is taking the high ground on the sometimes-contentious issue of private parks working with the public sector.
At the association’s 44th annual state convention held March 12-13 at the Truman Hotel in Jefferson City, MOARC President Larry Helms, Boiling Spring Campground, Dixon, appointed a five-member committee to sit down and open a dialog with the Missouri State Parks.
“Our bylaws do not have a category for state parks but we believe we have to have dialog with our state parks because we are here to support the camping public in Missouri and it’s important to have that dialog,” Helms said.
Anita Brooks, Ozark Outdoors, Leesburg, will chair that committee which will meet this spring with the director of state parks.
The committee formation was one of several positive developments from the convention, which drew 60 people from 25 of the association’s 80 member campgrounds. The trade show drew 13 vendors. Both attendance and vendor turnout were higher than last year, Helms noted.
“Everybody is pretty optimistic,” Helms said.
The convention also drew five parks from the Branson area, which was hit by a tornado in February. “There was some pretty major damage to downtown Branson,” Helms noted, “but parks survived with minor damage at worst. They report they are all open for business.”
Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), gave the keynote address on opening night and explained how ARVC is helping its members and states.
Other speakers were:
- Lori Sims, deputy director of marketing from the Missouri Division of Tourism. She spoke how the state is doing for marketing in 2012 and spoke about marketing closer to home. Missouri is maintaining its toursm budget this year, which is a good thing, Helms noted.
- G. Kent Mangelson, senior adviser for tax protection and estate planning.
- Bill Farr, Cole County emergency coordinator, Jefferson City area, who spoke on how parks can prepare for severe weather in Missouri.
- Jackie Rasmussen, from the University of Missouri Extension Service, on how to market your park on a shoestring.
- Helms spoke on marketing with QR codes.
In the business meeting, Helms was re-elected president. Other officers are Anita Brooks, Ozark Outdoors, Leesburg, vice president; Becky Logan, Big Red Barn Park, Carthage, secretary; and Linda Alcorn, Countryside RV Park, Sedalia, treasurer.
Award winners were:
- Brochure of the Year, Large Park, Sundermeier RV Park & Conference Center.
- Website of the Year, Large Park, Huzzah Valley Resort.
- Website of the Year, Mid Size Park, Big Creek RV.
- Website of the Year, Small Park, Candy Cane RV Park.
- Park of the Year, Large Park, Branson KOA.
- Park of the Year, Mid- Size, Acorn Acres.
- Vendor of the Year, John Morris Equipment.
- Member of the Year, Larry and Gayle Helms, Boiling Spring Campground.