Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page April 2017 - 27 KARVC Meeting —from page 3 adopted suggestions offered by Anderson’s Brochure Distribution Service. KARVC made new appearances at five RV showsbetweenJanuaryandMarchofthisyear, three of which involved shared booths with CCLOA. The shows included the Colorado RV, Sports & Travel Show in Denver, the Colorado Springs RV & Outdoor Show, the Quartzsite RV Show, the Florida RV SuperShow and the Mid- America RV Show in Kansas City, Mo. Of course, above and beyond the business meeting,operatorsgatheredtolearn.Education is a key benefit to belonging to an association, according to Arlington. Some of this year’s guidance came from Candra Talley, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) director of membership. She provided information about ARVC’s benefits and gave a familiarization tour of and Arlington and Reaser said many attendees followedupwiththeboardtoexpresstheirgrat- itudefortheinformativeday.Itwasrewardingfor the leaders to hear the association is providing beyondwhatmembersevenknewtheyneeded. “EveryonedidawonderfuljobandIlearned a ton,” said Richard Lord, attendee and owner of Rutlader Outpost RV Park in Louisburg. “I want to thank everyone involved again for a reallybeneficialday.”—ScottPhillips WCM and everyone had a ride to evacuate. Thank God everyone was safe. “When a tragedy happens, everyone bands together and realizes what is important — people,” said Owens. “What was important to our residents were their neighbors.” Emergency management services openedashelterasareceptioncenterfor evacuees.Whentheyannouncedpeople would not be able to return home that night, workers brought in cots and food. ManyClubNaplesguestswerefortunate to have local family or friends with whom to stay. Fortymilestothenorth,CypressTrail RV Resort in Fort Meyers has been expanding to welcome more people arriving to enjoy the locale. Their build- ingschedulehasthemstayingjustahead of demand, so at the time of the Lee Williams RoadWildfire, they had 40 new sites just becoming available. “When people were told to evacuate, we got the word out through emergency management agencies and the media that RVers did not have to leave the southwest Florida area,” said Jack Carver, representing Cypress Trail. “We told them they could come to Cypress Trail during the evacuation, spend four dayshereforfreeandthenmovebackto their original park when the evacuation was lifted. “Cypress Trail wanted to give these RVers safe harbor during a time of crisis,” said Carver. “In the RV industry, whether you are a park operator or an RV owner, there is a great sense of community. We areallinthistogether.Weallrecognizethe value of the RV industry to the public.” Wednesday evening the week of the fire, authorities lifted the evacuation order. Residents and staff members anxiously headed to Club Naples RV Resort, hoping the damage was not catastrophic.Theywereamazedbywhat they found upon their return. “The wildfire formed a horseshoe shapearoundourproperty,”saidOwens. “There was no structural damage even though the fire had been as close as five feet away from some people’s homes. “It was miraculous to see. It was surreal to come back and find ‘our little piece of paradise’ untouched.” For this miracle, the people of Club Naplescanthanktheschinusterebinthi- folius.That is the scientific name for the Brazilian peppertree, a sprawling shrub designatedinFloridaasaninvasiveplant speciesbecauseitchokesoutindigenous vegetation. Earlier this season, Collier County officials told Club Naples the resort would have to hire someone to remove all of the Brazilian peppertrees on their property. “It cost us a great deal of money and took a month, but now we are glad that we had to do it,” said Owens. “The firefighters told us that having the peppertrees cleared out formed a perimeteraroundourproperty,protect- ing it from being engulfed in flames. It turnedouttobeagreatthingthatwedid it.” —Scott Phillips WCM Florida Wildfire —from page 3 After the danger had passed, Club Naples resi- dents showed gratitude to emergency workers. Kristen O’Hara is now Cruise Inn’s vice president of operations. O’Hara has been with the Coral Springs, Fla.-based Cruise Inn brand of RV parks and camp- grounds since its inception in late 2013, originally serving as brand manager. She became director of operations last year and is responsi- ble for such tasks as managing and supervising Cruise Inn staff on a daily basis to oversee the process of bringing in new parks, billing, resourcing, distribution and park retention. “Kristen is a true outdoor hospi- tality professional. Every day she demonstrates her dedication to the industry and Cruise Inn through her cheerful demeanor, positive attitude in the face of challenges, and her leadership,” said Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Cruise Inn, which now has 42 affiliated parks open or in development. WCM CruiseInnNamesKristen O’Hara VP of Operations