b'INDUSTRY NEWSCONY Honors Bennett, Hosts 150-Plus at Exposition The Campground Owners of Newnew CONY fundraising record for the York (CONY) drew over 150 park oper- Mendon, N.Y.-based nonprofit organi-ators, vendors and special guests to itszation that offers free camps, special recent Exposition for the Outdoor Hos- activities and other services for children pitalityIndustry,whichincludedasuffering from cancer. trade show, workshops and a gala din- Our campgrounds went above and ner celebrating CONYs 60th anniver- beyond in their efforts to raise funds for sary.thisfantasticcause,Kielbasasaid, The event was held Nov. 2-5 at Turn- adding, They organized a wide range ing Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.of events, including the Camp Good Former CONY Executive Director andDaysCarnival,chilicookoffs,bake CEO Donald G. Bennett Jr. was also in- sales, bottle drives, auctions, 50/50 raf-ducted into the associations Hall of Famefles, a motorcycle/car cruise, and even during a ceremony that recognized his 17a thrilling duck race down the Little years of service.Salmon River in Mexico, N.Y. BennettleftCONYlastspringtoLastyear,CONY-membercamp-focushiseffortsonexpandingMer- Left to right: Scott Sherwood, CONYs immediate past chairman, Hall of Fame inductee Donaldgroundsraisednearly$265,600for chantry Tourism, a marketing and con- Bennett, Jr., and Matt Anderson, newly elected CONY chairman. Photo: CONY Camp Good Days. Including this years sulting business he co-owns with hisfundraising figures, CONY has raised wife,Lisa.Bennettalsorunsanac- Formica talked about how to useof risks facing park operators but seeover $1,5 million for Camp Good Days counting firm and Andersons BrochureDisneys tactics to provide an overallhow guest complaints can play out insince the association started support-DistributionServiceinadditiontomagical experience and to create a pos- court.ing the nonprofit organization in 2012. Conesus Lake Campground in Cone- itive team culture, Kielbasa said. Brian Ellsworth and his wife, Jen,Several past CONY Hall of Fame in-sus, in New Yorks Finger Lakes region.Seminar topics included:ofRip Van WinkleCampgroundsinductees were present when Bennett was It was a great show, said Ann Kiel-Whats Trending In Social IT WorldSaugerties, N.Y., also provided a freeinducted into the associations Hall of basa, CONYs marketing and commu- and How To Stay On The Up & Up, bydaylong class with first aid training forFameincludingMarkAndersonof nications coordinator, adding that sheMatthew Mitchell, of Corporate Com- park operators, which included infor- Camp Chautauqua in Mayville (2009); and CONY Executive Director and CEOmunications.mation on CPR and how to use auto- Randy Lehmann, of Hickory Hill Family EmilySimmonsenjoyedinteracting Accounting Essentials for Camp- mated external defibrillators.CampingResortinBath(2011)and with park operators and vendors dur- groundSuccess:BoostYourBottom Cathy Reinard, of Danielle WindusMike and Gina Lenhard, of Adirondacks ing their first CONY convention.Line, by Edward Marden, of Camp BellCookPropertiesLLC,alsoledaJellystone Park in North Hudson (2021). ItwassowonderfultomeettheCampground in Campbell, N.Y.crackerbarrel session titled If You BuildCONY also gave awards recognizing campground (owners) and learn about CONY 101 & New CONY App, byIt, Will It Sell? which covered tips onScott Sherwood, of Spruce Row Camp-what they want to see from CONY. WeCONY Chairman Scott Sherwood, Sim- how to keep parks up to date so thatgroundandRVParkinIthaca,who really enjoyed that facetime with every- mons and Kielbasa.they can be ready to sell.stepped down as chairman, and Kim body, Kielbasa said. Christine Taylor, of The Towne LawOthereventstakingplaceduringForo, of Whispering Pines Campsites TheconventionfeaturedseveralFirm, P.C., also conducted a mock trialCONYs annual convention includedand RV Park in Greenfield Center, a 17-workshops and a keynote address titledinvolving a campground that faced athe associations annual membershipyear board member. The Chairmans IfDisneyRanYourPark:Createalawsuit after a young guest suffered ameeting, an auction that raised overAward was presented to Edward Mar-WhistleWhileYouWorkEnviron- life-altering permanent injury when$17,000, and a tour of The Village RVtin,ofCampBellCampgroundin ment, by John Formica, a leading au- sliding down a slide, headfirst, into anPark & Campground in Verona. Kiel- recognition of his service on the CONY thorityontourism,hospitalityandarea of a lake that, unbeknownst to thebasa said about 45 vendors participatedboard. service industries who previously spentguest, was only two feet deep. Park op- in CONYs trade show. CONY memberSuzanne Hopkins was also honored 10 years working for Walt Disney Worlderators attending the mock trial wereparks also raised nearly $280,000 forfor her many years of service to CONY.in Orlando, Fla.not only able to learn about the kindsCamp Good Days & Special Times, aJeff Crider WCMOctober Wholesale RVShipmentsOff 13.1%, RVIA SaysResults for the RV Industry Associ-ations (RVIA) October 2023 survey of manufacturersfoundthattotalRV shipmentsendedthemonthwith 28,371 units, a decrease of 13.1% com-pared to the 32,652 units shipped in October 2022. Year to date, RV ship-ments are down 40.6% with 266,492 units. As we enter the holiday season, our latest research shows 20 million Amer-icansplantogoRVingbetween Thanksgiving and New Years, a 30% increase in holiday RV travel intention over last year, said RV Industry Asso-ciation President & CEO Craig Kirby. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month down 9.2%fromlastOctoberwith24,825 shipments. Motorhomes finished the month down 33.4% compared to the same month last year with 3,546 units. Park Model RVs finished October down15%comparedtothesame month last year, with 431 wholesale shipments. WCM6 January 2024Woodalls Campground Magazine'