ARVC’s InSites 2008 Convention in Nashville, Tenn,, will include board-of-directors elections. The role of a board member includes developing, approving, and annually reviewing the association’s strategic plan – ensuring that the association has adequate resources to fulfill its mission and goals. Additionally, the board establishes governance and public affairs policy, accepts partial fiduciary responsibility and provides direction and feedback to the president/CEO on behalf of the association’s members.
While there’s an open seat in every voting area this election cycle, the candidates are as follows:
Voting Area 1 – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut: one open seat and one candidate, Marcia Galvin, CPO, Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort, Foxboro, Mass., running for 1st 3-year term.
Voting Area 2 – New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia: one open seat and one candidate, Steve Albrecht, Walnut Hills Campground & RV Park, Staunton, Va., running for 2nd 3-year term.
Voting Area 3 – Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin: one open seat and one candidate, Bud Styer, CPO, Smokey Hollow Campground, Lodi, Wis., running for 1st 3-year term.
Voting Area 4 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee: one open seat and one candidate, Sandy Tinsley, CPO, Yogi’s Jellystone Park Resort at Rutledge Lake, Fletcher, N.C., running for 2nd 3-year term
Voting Area 5 – Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas: one seat available and two candidates, Mary Arlington, CPO, High Plains Camping, Oakley Kan., running for 2nd 3-year term and Terry Munoz, CPO, Thousand Trails Lake Conroe, Willis, Texas, running for 1st 3-year term.
Voting Area 6 – Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming: one open seat and one candidate, Jo Ann Mickelson, CPO, J&H RV Park, Flagstaff, Ariz., running for 2nd 3-year term.
Voting will take place on Nov. 13. Absentee ballots are available for ARVC members that will not be in attendance. Contact ARVC at www.arvc.org for further information.
ARVC Foundation’s Music
Row Auction Seeks Donations

Each year the ARVC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, hosts an auction at the InSites Convention to raise funds for future education opportunities for industry members. And each year the foundation asks industry members and suppliers to donate items to the auction. InSites 2008’s Music Row Live Auction will be quite an event with guest auctioneers “Garth Brooks” and “Dolly Parton” fetching the highest bids for your donated items. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds go toward an important cause – growing and improving our very own outdoor hospitality industry. To donate an auction item contact ARVC at www.arvc.org or (800) 395-2267.
Unfair Competition Position
Proposed to Forest Service

ARVC has recently urged the U.S. Forest Service to adopt a policy making clear that revenue from the recreation fee program should not be used to support projects or activities that would compete unfairly with private, commercial businesses in providing visitor services, such as campgrounds. ARVC lobbyist/consultant Aubrey King on July 14 wrote Jim Bedwell, director of the Forest Service Recreation Program, suggesting that the following policy be explicitly recognized by the agency:
In determining projects, programs and facilities to be funded by revenue generated by recreation fees, Forest Service staff will work closely with Recreation Advisory Councils and local gateway communities to ensure that such projects, programs and facilities do not unnecessarily duplicate or compete unfairly with local businesses in gateway communities, such as commercial campgrounds, convenience stores, gift shops, service stations, restaurants or other businesses. Every effort must be made to ensure that visitor services on the national forests supported or enhanced by recreation fee revenue do not have a negative economic impact on local commercial businesses.
In his response the same day, Bedwell replied that pending Forest Service policy statements would “support the thinking you have captured in your document.”
ARVC, Industry Question DHS
Fingerprint Identification Plan

ARVC has joined the Travel Industry Association of America (TIAA) and eight other national and regional tourism organizations in submitting June 23 comments to the Department of Homeland Security regarding its proposal for the Collection of Alien Biometric Data Upon Exit from the United States at Air and Sea Ports of Departure. Along with other recommendations, the comments stress that the collection of exit data from international travelers is an inherently governmental responsibility and should not be delegated to airlines or other private sector entities. The comments also recommend that the air exit system be convenient and easily understood by travelers, that a well-funded outreach campaign be developed to enhance traveler compliance and convenience and that significant compliance costs be paid by the federal government.
ARVC Report to Publish its
2nd Annual Technology Issue

Seeking the latest in technology from industry suppliers, ARVC is pleased to publish its 2nd annual Technology Issue. The September 2008 edition of the ARVC Report will feature a wide variety of technology columns from “Accrual Accounting and Revenue Management Reporting in Campground Reservation Systems” by Friend Communications to “Search Engine Optimization by Big Rig Media” to “Technology Advances Increase Efficiency and Convenience for Campgrounds” by Campground Automation Systems and more.
Each month the ARVC Report, the monthly publication of the association, provides members with useful business tools and advice, supplier news, tried and true eco-friendly operations ideas and interviews with the industry’s movers and shakers. For more information about ARVC log on to www.arvc.org.