Four pioneering Kampgrounds of America (KOA) families were honored recently for 40 years of uninterrupted during KOA’s Annual International Convention in Charleston, S.C.

Receiving the 40 Years of Service Awards were:

* Ginter and Ursela Bansen, Coloma/St. Joseph, Mich., KOA.

* The Saulsbury and Dillon Families, Bellefonte/State College, Pa., KOA.

* Michael, Laurie and Betty Meyers, Winthrop/N. Cascades National Park, Wash., KOA

* Don and Marge O’Neal, Lake George/Saratoga, N.Y. KOA.

During the convention KOA also honored facilities with 30-, 20-, and 10-year tenures.

Receiving the 30 Year Service Awards were:

* Denise Valentyne, Gulf Shores/Pine Island, Fla., KOA.

* Dan and Joyce Hou, Minneapolis Northwest, Minn., KOA.

* Bud Chatham, Jackson Hole/Snake River, Wyo., KOA.

Receiving the 20-Year Service Awards were:

* Guenter and Theresa Kippschull, Fort Collins North/Wellington, Colo., KOA.

* Stephen Richardson, Orlando SE/Lake Whippoorwill, Fla., KOA.

* James and Laura Bell, Enfield/Rocky Mount, N.C., KOA.

* Timothy and Bobbi Hulen, Amarillo, Texas, KOA.

* Edward and Gillian Brennan, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., KOA.

* Ray and Robin Merlo, Mount Shasta City, Calif., KOA.

* Chuck and Christina Bennington, Flaming Gorge/Manila, Utah, KOA.

KOA campground owners recognized for 10 years of service to KOA include:

* Richard and Alicja Tkacz, Goodland, Kan., KOA.

* Jason and Sonya Gedda, Horse Cave, Ky., KOA.

* Steve and Debbie Yates, Muskegon, Mich., KOA.

* Scott and Diane King, Springfield/Route 66, Mo., KOA.

Joel Thomaselli, New Bern, N.C., KOA.

Cathy Sonner, Streetsboro/Cleveland SE, Ohio, KOA.

Karl and Linda Schmidt, Elizabethtown/Hershey, PA KOA.

Dirk and Jodi Neverve, Douglas, Wyo., KOA.

Shawn and Charlene Shears, Gros Morne/Norris Point, NL KOA.

Jack Sheaffer, Black Canyon City, Ariz., KOA.

David and Susan Taylor, Gunnison, Colo., KOA.

Carolyn and Michael Stowe, Pueblo, Colo., KOA.

Terry and Linda Bearce, Onawa/Blue Lake, Iowa, KOA.

Patrick Fisher, Joplin, Mo., KOA.

Daniel and Barbara Ballard, Stanton/Meramec, Mo., KOA.

Anthony and Christine Fassi, Las Cruces, N.M., KOA.

David Sharpski, Sheridan/Big Horn Mountains, Wyo., KOA.

Dan and Alexandra Petr, Marmora, Ont., Canada, KOA.