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                                                The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) board held its quarterly meeting at the Embassy Suites in Brandon over the weekend of April 11.

The organization reported in its May 2015 newsletter the following initiatives:

• The board voted to increase the FRVTA Scholarship Program to $1,000 per semester, per student from $500 per semester, per student. Twenty-five full-time and five part-time students are currently on the FRVTA scholarship.

• The board reviewed the FRVTA Investment portfolio with Erik Swinson from Morgan Stanley. Everything is going fine with the conservative investment strategy directed by the Finance Committee.

• The PR Committee reported that over 21 locations have posted our Public Service Billboard Campaign promoting the Certified Service Centers and the Hire-A-Vet Program.

FRVTA is getting quotes for a complete redesign of its website. This will make it easier for the public to search for members and will include a mobile and tablet design.

• Enrollment in the FRVTA Distance Learning Program is ahead of last year. Education Director Jim Carr is continuing to push for certification and recertification of Florida techs.

• It was decided that the 2016 FRVTA State Convention will return to Hawk’s Cay in the Keys.

Enrollment in the FRVTA Distance Learning Program is ahead of last year. Education Director Jim Carr is continuing to push for certification and re-certification of Florida techs.

• Legislative Consultant Marc Dunbar brought everyone up-to-date on the current Legislative Session. He doesn’t see any issues coming that will affect the RV industry and also said it was time to rethink the Legislative BBQ as there are only a couple of legislators living at the Tallahassee-based campground and no one was available to help us promote the event to other legislators. Dunbar stressed the importance of the PAC Fund and encouraged all regions to make a healthy donation.

• The Show Committee reported that regional shows need continuity for both the exhibitors and the general public. The branding of FRVTA events is very important to give the public their money’s worth when it comes to all FRVTA shows.