ARVC-logo-new-300x129The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) wrapped its Committee Week and spring board meeting last week, putting the finishing touches on a new strategic plan and deciding to keep the board’s structure as it is.

“The board meeting went great,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC, based in Centennial, Colo.

“One of the things we all worked on in common was the 2015-17 Strategic Plan,” Bambei told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. “The framework had been built by the staff and this was the meeting where each of the committees put their comments onto that framework. Each of them did that and we’re now in sync on what that plan will look like. It should go to ARVC’s executive committee for final approval within 30 days.”

The unique thing about the new plan is that it will be updated each year. That means that next year, the board will address the 2016-2018 plan, Bambei explained. “Every year we will go back in and give it a fine-tuning, so it’s a living, breathing document that will serve the association. We’ll look at things that are still relevant, things that have been accomplished, things that are new to the plan.”

In addition, the board addressed an issue that raised questions among ARVC members in December at the 2014 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo in Las Vegas concerning whether the board’s size would be reduced from nearly two dozen members – a move recommended by a committee.

Paul Bambei

Paul Bambei

Last week, Bambei said, the board decided to stay the same size. “The board was unanimous in not wanting to change the existing board structure. For many reasons we have chosen not to restructure,” Bambei said. “The governance committee thought it was not prudent to do anything that would disengage members from the association.”

“Overall it was a very productive meeting,” said Wade Elliott, president of Utility Supply Group, ARVC’s representative to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Electric Code panel and member of the ARVC board and the board’s public relations committee.

Elliott said he thinks that with the committee structure, the board functions well.

In addition, attendees were updated on efforts by ARVC staff member Jeff Sims, who monitors legislative issues at all levels that can affect RV parks and campgrounds using the StateNet service. The public relations committee discussed ARVC’s work with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), RVDA and manufactured housing groups to get the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to back off a plan to include porches in the factoring of living space on park model RVs, Elliott said.

Elliott also updated the committee and the board on the work to incorporate ARVC’s recommendations into NFPA standard 1194 and to protect RV parks in the next round of the National Electric Code. An earlier plan to require grounding rods at all RV sites will probably become optional and residential electrical receptacle requirements will probably be exempted for RV pedestals when the next update takes effect in late 2016, he said.

Overall, Elliott said of the committee week and board meeting, “I would view it as efficient and productive.”