ARVC Adds More Member Discount Programs
The following column was provided by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and appears in the March issue of Woodall’s Campground Management.
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is continuing to expand its roster of discount programs for private park operators and their employees across the country.
The association launched a new employee benefit program with AT&T in December that provides a 15% discount on qualifying personal wireless accounts.
The discount plan applies to personal wireless accounts and includes simultaneous use of voice and data services on AT&T’s mobile broadband network as well as unlimited usage of AT&T’s Wi-Fi network at no additional charge.
ARVC Announces New Health Insurance Plan
ARVC is also now making affordable medical, dental and vision plans available to its members, which can be purchased as packages or on an à la carte basis.
The ARVC Health Insurance Program is being administered by Warrenville, Ill.-based JBLG Health, the nation’s largest health insurance provider for business and trade associations.
Key coverages and benefits include:
- Premium savings.
- A wide variety of choices for coverage from HSAs to PPOs for members, their employees or family.
- A shrinking deductible: 20% deductible credit each year you do not meet your deductible.
- 10% healthy member discount and preferred rates.
- Optional free Health Savings Account.
- Optional PPO or traditional health plan with extensive networks.
- Plans with a $20, $25, $30 or $40 co-pay for doctor visits.
- Wellness benefits and Prescription Drug Card.
- Worldwide coverage, 24-hours a day.
- Enhanced wellness benefits based on PPACA Guidelines effective September 23, 2010.
- Tele-Express, phone application – no paper applications to complete.
- Dental Insurance available with or without medical.
- Vision Insurance available with or without medical.
- Critical Illness coverage available that pays cash benefit directly to you.
- Disability coverage available with a benefit of up to $15,000 per month.
Some insurance plan features are subject to state availability and may not be available to all ARVC members. To learn more about the options available to lower your health insurance costs and maintain comprehensive coverage, call the ARVC office at (303) 681-0401.
ARVC Taps Past Chairmen’s Insights at Florida Meeting
ARVC recently convened an unprecedented meeting of 12 of its past chairmen and other top officials stretching all the way back to the 1980s.
“We had more than 500 years of experience in the room,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO, who organized the Jan. 17 meeting in Tampa, Fla., as the first of what he hopes will be an annual meeting of ARVC’s past chairmen.
“It was a great opportunity to hear of their most extreme challenges, the things they accomplished and the great stories of the early history of ARVC,” said Bambei, who timed the meeting to coincide with the Florida RV SuperShow and the 2nd World RV Conference.
But Bambei and the ARVC Board of Directors did more than listen. They also engaged a video crew to tape interviews with former chairmen, several of which will be posted on ARVC’s online channels in the coming months.
“We captured the unique opportunity to create a living history of ARVC and the campground industry itself with these interviews,” Bambei said.
In addition to creating a living history of ARVC, Bambei said the past chairmen provided the association’s current leadership with insights that will help guide them as the organization continues its strategic planning and develops new programs.
Attending the meeting were several longtime park operators who held top positions with the National Campground Owners Association (NCOA), the precursor of today’s ARVC. They included Dan O’ Connell, formerly of O’Connell’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Amboy, Ill., who served as NCOA president from 1986 to 1987 in addition to serving on the original Board of Regents of the School of RV Park and Campground Management; Albert Daniels of Normandy Farms Campground in Foxboro, Mass., who served as NCOA president from 1988 to 1989; and Ervin R. Banes of Frankenmuth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Frankenmuth, Mich., who served as NCOA president from 1990 to 1991.
Former ARVC officials attending the meeting included Herb Strauss of Papoose Pond Family Campground and Cabins in Waterford, Maine, a founding chairman of the School of RV Park and Campground Management and former NCOA and ARVC treasurer who served as ARVC’s first vice chairman in 1992; Jeff Sims, ARVC’s current director of state relations and program advocacy, who served as ARVC chairman from 1997 to 1998 while he owned and operated Compton Ridge Campground in Branson, Mo.; Chuck Hays Jr. of Far Horizons 49er Village in Plymouth, Calif., who served as ARVC chairman in 1999; Richard J. Whalen, who served as ARVC chairman in 2000 while he operated Dunedin Beach Campground in Dunedin, Fla.; Randy Packard of Pine Acres Family Camping Resort in Oakham, Mass., who was ARVC chairman from 2001 to 2003; Kathy Palmeri of Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Estes Park, Colo., who served as ARVC chairman in 2003 and 2004; Mark Anderson of Camp Chautauqua in Stow, N.Y., who served as ARVC chairman in 2008 and 2009; David L. Berg of Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine, who served as ARVC chairman in 2010 and 2011; and Rob Schutter, COO of Leisure Systems Inc., ARVC’s current chairman.