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The 51-member Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (KARVC) has rejoined the 3,700-member National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), ending a three-year separation from the national association, according to Woodall’s Campground Management.
KARVC’s vote on Dec. 1 to rejoin ARVC took place roughly six weeks after Larry Olson and his wife, Jan, resigned their positions as chairman and secretary, respectively, of the state association. The couple submitted their resignations on Oct. 24.
Larry Olson has since notified Kansas park owners of his efforts to establish a new nonprofit campground organization called Kansas RV Parks & Travel, Inc., which has a website at www.kansasrvparks.org. Olson said in a Nov. 29 letter to park owners that he would not charge them for membership in his organization this year if they had already paid their 2004 KARVC dues. Both organizations plan to produce statewide campground directories.
“It was time for Kansas to change the tide and reconnect with the industry at large,” Mary Arlington, KARVC’s vice president, said in a statement. “We want access to the many educational tools, vendor relationships and industry partnerships that ARVC provides.”
“We are thrilled that the Kansas association has voted to once again become an affiliated member of ARVC,” said Linda Profaizer, ARVC president and CEO. “The association has a long history of innovative and successful programs, and we are proud to have them in our membership.”