Roger Thompson, president of the Oregon RV Park and Campground Association (ORCA), updated members on ORCA activities at the group’s first one-day fall meeting Oct. 10 at the Premier RV Resort in Salem.
He spoke about the new ORCA directory, which went to print this summer and has been distributed throughout the state. The directories have been well received by RVers, he said. He noted that many were given away at the two major rallies in Oregon this summer. As well, ORCA produced a flyer listing all member parks, which was inserted in the Bend, Ore., newspaper and distributed to all RVs at both rallies. Additionally, the directory was to be distributed by at the October rally in Pomona, Calif.
The guest speaker was Jim Renner, sign operations officer for the Oregon Travel Information Council. He manages the agency’s four highway sign programs – Interstate Logo signs, Off-Interstate Logo signs, Tourist Oriented Directional signs and Museum & Historic Site signs. He also manages the agency’s Heritage Tree Program that recognizes individual trees, or groups of trees, for their historical significance and to increase public awareness of the important contribution of trees to Oregon’s history and heritage. The Oregon Heritage Tree Program was founded in 1995 and has commemorated 41 heritage tree sites.
Renner provided an overview of the highway sign programs and told of Oregon’s strong involvement in the development of those programs on the federal level. Oregon is also very involved in the development of the “RV Friendly” sign program. At the end of his presentation, he offered assistance for those having difficulty in getting their sign applications approved.
Members also took part in a cracker barrel session.
The 2008 Annual Convention will be held April 15-17, 2008, at Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort in Canyonville.