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  • 12 Oct 2015 11:56 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    The Illinois KOA OA Fall Meeting will be held on October 26-27, 2015.  The following is the planned agenda:

    ILLINOIS KOA OWNERS MEETING

    October 26 & 27, 2015

    Granite City KOA

    October 26, 2015

    Dinner and social 

    October 27th, 2015

    ·         Arrive, chat, coffee and food. 8:00AM

    ·         Welcome and introductions 9:00AM

    ·         Financial Report

    ·         Minutes of March meeting, highlights

    ·         Old Business

    o   Rustic Cedar Order

    o   Marketing Efforts

    ·         Tri-fold brochures distribution to parks

    ·         Distribution of brochures for shows.

    ·         KOA special weekends. Report from parks.

    o   Big Weekend

    o   Father’s Day

    o   VKR

    * KOA camping shows

    ·         Report on Springfield show held in March after our meeting; Stan & Glenn

    ·         Shows for 2016

    o   Rosemont – Rob

    o   Quad Cities & Peoria – John

    o   Belville-Stan, Glen and Walter

    o   Rockford, Sylvia

    ·         Supplies for show distribution. Rob

    o   Did we have enough of the Illinois rack cards?

    o   Did we have sufficient number of individual park info?

    o   KOA bags

    o   Joint Marketing Efforts

    * Group efforts possible?

    ·         ICA Directory full page ad, status report John

    ·         Owners Association Items

    o   Joe Long

    ·         Park Tour Granite City KOA

    Lunch

    ·         John Adams, Kampsight 2.0 Q&A

    ·         New Business

    ·         Next Meeting location and date

    ·         Adjourn 3:00pm



  • 02 Oct 2015 1:24 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Criteria for KOA WorkKamper of the Year Award

    We are pleased to announce the criteria for the KOA WorkKamper of the Year Award.  This award will be presented at the KOA Annual Convention in Daytona Beach in November, 2015.


    Criteria
    1.  The WorkKamper nominee must have an active membership in the KOA WorkKamper Program.  Their resume may be inactive only if currently working at a KOA Kampground. Also must allow for workkampers that are not full-timers, but work only in the summer months.
    2.  Demonstrate loyalty to the KOA Organization by choice of campgrounds to work at.
    3.  The WorkKamper nominee is an employee who goes above and beyond on the campground, is a team player and gets along well with peers. The WorkKamper demonstrates positive energy and attitude proving to be an asset to the campground atmosphere.
    4.  Implements the KOA WorkKamper Code of Conduct as developed at the WorkKamper University.
     
    WorkKamper Award Questions that should be considered by person(s) nominating:
    1)  How long had the WorkKamper worked for you and your campground?
    2)  What do you feel is their greatest customer skill?
    3)  At check-in, are they friendly and helpful to the camper/do they escort the camper to their site and ensure that everything is ok?
    4)  Are they alert to the needs of the campers and respond quickly?
    5)  When they are working with their peers, do they maintain a friendly and helpful attitude?
    6)  Do they offer assistance to a co-worker when they see the need?
    7)  Do they show good work ethic?
    a) Check in on time
    b) Complete the assigned task in a timely manner
    c) Work well independently as well as in a group
    d) Exhibits a cheerful attitude always
    e) Responds appropriately to an emergency
    8)  How well do they implement the "KOA WorkKamper Code of Conduct?"
    9)  How well do they deal with difficult campers?
    List an instance:
    10) What instance really made this WorkKamper(s) stand out?
    11) Why do you feel this WorkKamper deserves this award?
    12) Have your campers complimented this WorkKamper to you personally or in writing?


    The award winner will receive $500 from the OA to cover some of the cost to attend the convention as well as a t-shirt to the winners, a $100 gift card for travel expenses (this can either go to them or to the campground if they are paying their way) and two registrations into the Convention (courtesy of KOA). 


    Nominations should be sent to the KOA Owners Association Business Office, 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL  35216 or email to info@koaowners.org by October 30, 2015.


  • 25 Sep 2015 10:59 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    “We Are Family Award” Nominations 2015

    The KOA Owners Association is looking to receive nominations for this year’s recipient of the "We Are Family Award" that will be presented at the Daytona Beach, Florida Annual Meeting.  Please get your nominations into the OA Office no later than October 23, 2015.

    You can e-mail at info@koaowners.org, or fax your nomination to: 205/823-2760

    The nominees should be a match for one or all of the following criteria, and it is not limited to the KOA Owners Association membership.

     

    The KOA Owners Association family member(s) who help other family members beyond the call of duty as well as/or to those who consistently show special qualities that contribute to the whole KOA system.

    The KOA Owners Association created and first presented this award at the convention in November 2000.  At which time there were three recipients:

    1) Judy Whiting

    2) Pat Hittmeier

    3) Carol & Walt Preble

    The following years were limited to one outstanding KOA family member/contributor

    2001-Jim & Jane Rose

    2002- Mike & Rowena Bell

    2003-Marv & Carol Linde

    2004-Loren Smith

    2005-no nominations

    2006-Jim & Audrey Eberhart

    2007- Jim Finch

    2008-Jerry & Barbara Dale

    2009-Mike & Kristi Kuper 

    2010-Garry & Vicki Cole 

    2011-Bill and Georgette Jones

    2012-Shirley and Howard Stein

    2013-Amy and Tony Raposo

    2014- The Cutler Family

    If you wish to nominate someone please call the KOA Owners Association office at 800-678-9976 or email at info@koaowners.org and please include the specific reason why you are nominating them for this award.

  • 14 Sep 2015 12:51 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    At this time we are planning to start our Meeting at noon on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the Kansas City East/Oak Grove KOA. Please eat before you arrive.

    Around 4 PM - Paul Croteau, Senior Sales Engineer with Utility Supply Group will speak on trends in RV electric needs.

    We will have a no host dinner (unless Bill & Sue plan something else).  Then return for our auction - please plan to bring an item for the auction as well as your check book to purchase!

    We will start again on Tuesday morning and hopefully be done by lunch or slightly after.

    As far as discussion topics:  Results of survey, any concerns that need to be brought before national OA at convention, Reports from OA and Care camps, probably discuss dues as I read the bylaws the motion we passed in the Spring really needed to take place this fall.

    Please RSVP to Bill & Sue Billington-  816-690-6660   bill.billington@koakc.com and carbon copy this email account heartlandOA@yahoo.com.  Also if you need an RV or cabin reservation, please let them know ASAP. 

     

    Thanks and hope to see you all in October.

     

    Jodie Bartelson, President Heartland OA 


  • 09 Sep 2015 12:53 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. –The RVgeeks Channel, one of YouTube’s most popular and most viewed channels about RVing, has now reached 10 million views and 50,000 subscribers, the co-founders reported in describing the channel where RVers learn about operating and maintaining their RVs from seasoned full-timers.

    “When we started the RVgeeks channel four years ago, to teach friends about using their new RV, we never could have imagined that we would reach this level of viewership,” said RVgeeks co-founders Peter Oliver and John Sullivan. “Our fellow RVers really seem to find our videos helpful. They’ve responded so positively and we couldn’t have gotten to this point without their support. We’re very grateful, and we’re really energized to continue creating useful new wow-to RV content.”

    The RVgeeks YouTube channel currently has a library of more than 120 videos, providing helpful tips for everyone from new RV owners to seasoned full-timers, they added.

    Topics include electrical and plumbing systems, upgrades, tips and tricks, product reviews, great destinations and routine maintenance and repairs. In addition, their website offers information about giveaways of RV gear, discounts and overviews of great RV products, and a list of other valuable online resources for RVers.

    To view the RVgeeks Youtube Channel visit www.youtube.com/user/RVgeeks

    To view the RVgeeks website, visit www.thervgeeks.com

    SOURCE: RVgeeks press release


  • 09 Sep 2015 12:50 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    RESTON, Va. — RV shipments totaled 105,579 in the second quarter of 2015, the highest level in any quarter since the second quarter of 2006, the RV Industry Association announced today.

    The stellar performance was due to shipments of conventional travel trailers, which rose to 67,597 units in the second quarter, the highest shipment level of any quarter since 1973, RVIA noted, adding that there have been only two higher quarters recorded in nearly the past half century.

    In addition, 6,311 Type C motorhomes were shipped in the 2nd quarter of 2015, the highest level of any quarter in the past 10 years, with only two higher quarters in the past quarter century.

    RV shipments are expected to total 373,700 in 2015, a gain of 4.7 percent above 2014, reaching the highest level since 2006, RVIA explained. Growth will continue in 2016, with total shipments moving upward to 383,100, an anticipated gain of 2.5 percent.

    “The current outlook reflects the impact of the stronger U.S. dollar on Canadian sales as well as other global economic risks,” said Dr. Richard Curtin, with the University of Michigan, who researches the RV market for the industry.

    “The favorable RV outlook is based on modest gains in jobs, incomes and household wealth. Although small increases in interest rates are widely expected, when the first rate hike occurs it will signal a new era and mindset,” said Curtin. “In contrast to an earlier era, it is not expected to improve sales due to borrowing-in-advance of further rate hikes.”

    An uptick in housing construction will boost jobs and incomes among those who have yet to fully benefit from the recovery, and the growth in sales of light trucks and low fuel prices will help boost RV sales, he added.

    “Who could be surprised that a sense of unease has grown as RV shipments are now anticipated to post a record sixth consecutive year of expansion?” Curtin asked. “More surprising, who could have guessed that falling commodity prices, including oil, would be part of the problem facing the global economy?

    “The underlying strength of the consumer sector is expected to propel RV sales forward, but that strength is not completely immune to these developments,” he explained. “While everyone welcomes lower prices, when falling prices cause jobs to disappear, people can also become more uncertain about their future income prospects.

    “Consumers react to economic uncertainty by delaying discretionary purchases,” said Curtin. “While few can deny the uncertainty on the distant horizon, the risks to RV shipments in the year ahead are still quite minor, limited to a slight decline in the rate of growth. An important offset to these concerns is that the market is in the midst of the largest increase in potential buyers of new RVs. Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011, and approximately 11,000 will celebrate that birthday every day until 2029.”

    SOURCE: RV Industry Association bulletin


  • 09 Sep 2015 12:43 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Winnebago to Roll Out ’16 Lineup at Hershey Show

    by RV Business

    Winnebago Industries, Inc. will be bringing a fresh lineup of 2016 motorhomes and towables to “America’s Largest RV Show,” running Sept. 16-20 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

    According to a press release, the show will feature more than 50 Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes and a full lineup of Winnebago travel trailers, fifth-wheels and toy haulers. Every motorhome and towable product on display will be open for tours with select diesel motorhomes available to test drive.

    Making its debut at this year’s show will be the all-new Winnebago Touring Coach Era 4X4. Built on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis, the Era 4X4 is the first Sprinter-based off-road RV from Winnebago.

    With an on-demand 4-wheel-drive system, Mercedes-Benz 188-hp diesel engine and four additional inches of ground clearance, the Era 4X4 has all of the tools needed to take adventure off the beaten path. Other features include a 2 1/2 kilowatt generator, 28-gallon freshwater tank and fully equipped galley and bath provide necessities for off-the-grid livability. The Era 4X4 comes in two available floorplans, the 70A and 70X.

    In addition to the Era 4X4, a full complement of motorized products will be on display including the Adventurer and Suncruiser, Winnebago’s flagship Class A gas models, which have been totally redesigned inside and out. Other motorhomes featured include the bold exterior styling of the Class A diesel Winnebago Tour 42QD to the unmatched value of the Class C Minnie Winnie.

    Towable products on display will include the Micro Minnie, Minnie and Ultralite travel trailers, Destination, Voyage and Latitude fifth wheels and Spyder and Scorpion toy haulers.


  • 17 Jul 2015 1:10 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Low Gas Prices Fueling Truck, SUV & RV Sales

    July 17, 2015 by RVBusiness 

    With the price of gas down nearly a dollar a gallon from this time last year, consumers who are paying less at the pump are opting for bigger, more gas-thirsty vehicles.  The Omaha World-Herald reported that easier lending terms — including loans written for seven years — also are helping sales of new RVs shift into high gear.  Confident consumers are buying or leasing larger pickup trucks and RVs, said Rick Johnson, print editor of Automotive News.  

    RV sales are sizzling, and they’re not exactly known to sip fuel, with many motor homes logging 7 to 12 miles per gallon.  Ed Leach, the owner of Leach Camper Sales in Council Bluffs, said he’s expecting the best sales year since 2006.  Baby Boomers are among the biggest buying segment, but younger families are snapping up lower-priced and used RVs, Leach said.

    “Yes, gas prices are lower, but people, particularly those close to retirement, are feeling flush,” Leach said. Their 401(k)s, many of which plummeted in value in 2007, have recovered. “All of a sudden their 401(k) is worth a lot of money,” he said, making them feel wealthier. That’s what Leach said is driving his sales.  And though gas prices could go up, potential auto buyers appear to have adopted a devil-may-care attitude — to a point, Johnson said. “Nobody seems to think $3 a gallon is a disincentive.”

  • 22 Jun 2015 1:11 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)
    Truth In Packaging
    by
    Peter Pelland

    When it comes to processed foods, probably the most deceptive phrases are:

    ·         Serving suggestion.

    ·         Enlarged to show detail.

    ·         All natural.

    The serving suggestion lets you know that the strawberries and blueberries in that bowl of cereal are not included in the box, the image that is enlarged to show detail helps you to really see what that cracker or potato chip looks like, and the words “all natural” have no definition whatsoever and can include just about every chemical compound found on the planet. The first two phrases are usually shown in very fine print, whereas the last phrase is generally promoted in large text with an eye-catching graphic.



    It is unfortunate that parts of the business world have adopted language that essentially applies this same sort of lipstick to their pigs. A used car becomes “previously owned”, previously frozen fish in the supermarket becomes “thawed for your convenience”, products made in China might be “assembled and packaged in the USA”, and most people know that a “processed cheese product” is anything but real cheese. In particular, some of this deception has become commonplace in the Internet industry.

    Serving Suggestion

    If you have ever registered a domain name with a company like GoDaddy, you will encounter their version of the “serving suggestion”. I just went to GoDaddy to try to register a domain name for $9.99, the sale pricing for new domain name registrations. Before checking out, I am presented with an offer the “Get 3 and Save 67%” by registering the .net, .org, and .info versions of the domain name, as well as an opportunity to “target local shoppers” by adding the .nyc version of the domain name for an additional $39.99.

    As I pass on those options and proceed to the checkout, I am encouraged to “Protect My Personal Information” by adding so-called “Privacy Protection or Privacy & Business Protection” for between $7.99 and $14.99 per domain per year. (The $14.99 price is made to appear particularly attractive, since it is discounted from a “regular” price of $32.97.) The next options are “Website Builder Hosting” for anywhere from $1.00 to $10.99 per month, and E-mail hosting for anywhere from $3.99 to $7.89 per month. Then, of course, I will be encouraged to register my domain for the maximum period of 10 years, rather than only paying for a single year.

    Under this exercise, I only wanted to register a single .com domain name for $9.99 (plus a mandatory $0.18 ICANN fee). Most people are confused by all of the options – after all, doesn’t “privacy protection” sound important? – and will pay for at least some of the unnecessary add-ons. If I purchased everything that GoDaddy suggested, but still only registered my domain name for a single year, I would be paying $375.51 per year for that $9.99 domain name. Yes, those are “serving suggestions”.

    Enlarged to Show Detail

    Many website builders have a way of exaggerating their skill levels. Often, these are the local jack-of-all-trades computer shops in town, where the owner fancies himself a webmaster in between attempting computer repairs and selling home theater systems. In other instances, this might be your son or daughter or that smart kid down the street, generally telling you that “anybody can build a website.” In yet other instances, you might be misled by TV commercials from companies like Wix, Weebly, SiteBuilder.com, VistaPrint, or those wonderful folks at GoDaddy again … all suggesting that it only takes a few mouse clicks to build a website for your business for next to nothing or even free (before, of course, leading you back into the “serving suggestions”).

    Needless to say, there is not a single website for any seriously legitimate business that was built under any of those scenarios. Even among companies that are engaged full-time in website development, there is a propensity toward exaggeration and a “sure, we can do that” attitude. Your best protection will be a careful review of their portfolio and references. It has been said that “the proof is in the pudding”, and you may want to confirm that the dessert being served matches the dessert being described on the menu. If you are being promised a world-class website, that is unlikely to result if there are no signs of the necessary skills visible in previously completed projects.

    All Natural

    The trickiest to detect is the claim that a product is made with all natural ingredients. From processed foods to pet food, from cosmetics to candy, there are no clear standards or definitions for the term “all natural”. As a result, consumers need to rely upon their own instincts, underfunded consumer watchdog organizations, or the slowly moving wheels of governmental regulatory agencies for protection. Snake oil was all natural, but it never cured a single disease other than psychosomatic disorder.

    The snake oil of the Internet age is search engine optimization, commonly known by its acronym: SEO. How many phone calls have you received recently from somebody offering to get your website “listed at the top of the Google search results”, offering to help get your business listed on Google Places, or asking you to “update your Google front page listing?” In most instances, you have probably gotten dozens of such calls. Not a single one of them has actually come from Google or a company that is legitimately sanctioned to call on Google’s behalf.

    In a recent phone call with the former president of one of the world’s leading e-commerce companies, I was struck (but not surprised) by his advice to “never hire an SEO agency”. Wasting time trying to find a legitimate SEO company is like trying to find a “good” fortune teller, used car salesman, or payday loan company. They are all truly good at taking your money. SEO is nonetheless big business. Be suspicious of companies that offer SEO reports as a means of getting their foot in the door, offer to “fix” your website so that it will “start ranking higher on the search engines”, or show you Google Analytics charts and graphs with misleading annotations that allegedly document their expertise.

    We are living in challenging times. In order to survive and prosper, you need to cut through the chatter and filter out the noise. Should you really expect one business to provide the same services for significantly less than most others, should you really expect companies to provide free services with no strings attached, and should you really believe that there are companies with magic wands that will make your website suddenly appear more highly ranked than any other relevant search results? Sometimes business decisions come down to who you can trust, and trusting your own instincts is almost always the soundest business decision.


  • 26 May 2015 3:16 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Wheels on the Bus

    This action song, with its easy-to-learn words and fun actions, has been one of the most popular preschool songs for years. 

    The words

    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    Round and round, 
    Round and round.
    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    All around the town.

    The driver on the bus says, “Move on back!
    Move on back!
    Move on back!”
    The driver on the bus says, “Move on back!”
    All around the town.

    The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…

    The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…

    The people on the bus go up and down…

    The babies on the bus go “Wah! Wah! Wah!”…

    The parents on the bus go “Shh! Shh! Shh!”…

    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    Round and round, 
    Round and round.
    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    All around the town.


    If You're Happy and You Know It

    There's something about this simple, rousing song that gets everyone smiling.

    Maybe it's the actions. As with many preschool songs, the actions are self-evident.

    Be sure to pump your fist into the air when you shout, "Hooray!"

    The words

    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
    If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it,
    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

    If you’re happy and you know it, slap your knees (2x)
    If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it,
    If you’re happy and you know it, slap your knees.

    If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (2x)
    If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it,
    If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet.

    If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hooray!” (2x)
    If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it,
    If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hooray!”



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