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  • 09 Jun 2017 8:52 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    The KOA Owners Association is accepting nominations for this year's recipient of the We Are Family Award. The award will be presented at the 2017 KOA Annual Convention.  Nominations are due by October 13, 2017.

    Criteria for the We Are Family Award must meet one or all of the following:

    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.

    Nominations may be emailed or mailed to:

    KOA Owners Association, 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL  35216, info@koaowners.org.

    Past winners can be found by clicking here:  http://koaowners.org/We-Are-Family-Award-Criteria


  • 09 Jun 2017 8:39 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    It is that time of year to start thinking about who you would like to nominate for the WorkKamper of the Year Award. This award is presented every year at the KOA Annual Convention. Criteria is as follows:

    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 at which to work.

    3.  Demonstrate outstanding customer skills per the "Making It Great" Program.  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 KOA shirts, 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, which are reviewed by the Awards Committee are due by October 13, 2017 and should be sent to:

    KOA Owners Association Business Office, 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL  35216 or email to info@koaowners.org 

  • 09 Jun 2017 7:55 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Bedbugs lurk in cracks and crevices and they've been living on human blood for centuries. Though they aren't known to transmit disease or pose any serious medical risk, the stubborn parasites can leave itchy and unsightly bites. However, bedbugs don't always leave marks. The best way to tell if you have a bedbug infestation is to see the live, apple-seed-size critters for yourself. Unfortunately, once bedbugs take up residence, they can be difficult to exterminate without professional help.

    Appearance, lifestyle and habits
    Bedbugs are flat, round and reddish brown, around a quarter-inch (7 millimeters) in length. The ones that typically plague humans are the common bedbug Cimex lectularius and the tropical bedbug Cimex hemipterus.


    A few decades ago, bedbugs were somewhat of a novelty in developed countries. But since the early 2000s, infestations have become more common in places like the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A 2013 study in the journal Nature Scientific Reports suggested that bedbugs have evolved ways to resist insecticides.

    The creatures don't have wings and they can't fly or jump. But their narrow body shape and ability to live for months without food make them ready stowaways and squatters. Bedbugs can easily hide in the seams and folds of luggage, bags and clothes. They also take shelter behind wallpaper and inside bedding, box springs and furniture. The ones that feed on people can crawl more than 100 feet (30 meters) in a night, but typically creep to within 8 feet (2.4 m) of the spot its human hosts sleep, according to the CDC.

    Bedbugs reproduce by a gruesome strategy appropriately named "traumatic insemination," in which the male stabs the female's abdomen and injects sperm into the wound. During their life cycle, females can lay more than 200 eggs, which hatch and go through five immature "nymph" stages before reaching their adult form, molting after each phase.

    Identifying and treating an infestation
    You should look for traces of the insects in the folds of your mattresses, box springs and other places where they are likely to hide. You might be able to find their papery skins, which get cast off after molting and look like popcorn kernels but are smaller and thinner. They also leave small, dark-colored spots from the blood-filled droppings they deposit on mattresses and furniture. If you can touch the spot with a water-soaked towel and it runs a rusty, reddish color, you're probably looking at a fresh drop of bedbug feces.

    Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

    Find the Infestation
    One of the first steps to completely eliminate all traces of bed bugs is to find all the infested areas. The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends carefully checking the seams of mattresses and other soft furnishings in your home. Examine the spaces between cushions, your mattress and bed frame. Don’t forget to check drawer joints, behind loose wallpaper, and even in electrical appliances. Any space the thickness of a credit card is a potential home for bed bugs.

    Use a vacuum cleaner
    Using a vacuum cleaner to suck up the bed bugs is a very effective and simple method to eradicate bed bugs. To make sure and get rid of any eggs around the seams of your mattress, use a stiff brush to loosen any eggs from the material. Regarding bed bug control, the journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews says that vacuuming can quickly get rid of a large number of bed bugs and their eggs. When using a vacuum cleaner to control bed bug infestations, it’s essential to use a disposable bag. As soon as you have vacuumed the infested area, remove and seal the bag before disposing of it.

    Freeze items
    Kill bed bugs in smaller items by placing them in a freezer. Although bed bugs can’t withstand freezing temperatures, they can live for up to a year in a cool room without any food sources. To naturally kill the bedbugs you need to place infested items in a freezer that has a temperature below 1°F (-17°C) for at least 2 hours.

    Hot steam
    Hot steam is a great home remedy to destroy bed bugs and their eggs without damaging the environment. The hot steam method for bed bug eradication can get rid of bed bugs from small crevices and cracks. The steam can also penetrate through the mattress lining and eradicate bug infestations inside the mattress. Scientists have found that bed bugs are quickly killed when exposed to temperatures above 140°F (60°C). If you have a steam cleaner, you can use that to get rid of bed bugs fast without using harmful chemicals.

    Hot wash bedding and clothing
    You can also get rid of bed bugs from infected clothing and other fabric items by placing them in the washing machine and wash them at a temperature of over 60°C. This is probably one of the easiest natural ways kill off bed bugs from clothing and other items.

    Use a hot dryer

    After putting infested items of clothing or bed linen through a hot wash, you should dry the items in a dryer set to a hot setting. This will make doubly sure that the bed linen is sterilized from bed bugs. Dr. Carol DerSarkissian on WebMD recommends the hot wash and hot dryer method to de-infest fabric items like curtains, bedding, shoes, and stuffed toy animals from bed bugs. You could also use a hair dryer together with your vacuum cleaner to drive bugs out of crevices. Set the hair dryer to the hottest setting and direct into the crack. The hot air will kill the bed bugs and also force them out. Any bug not killed by the hair dryer can be sucked up with the vacuum cleaner.

    Encase mattresses and pillows
    Another natural way to prevent bed bugs from biting during the night and stop them infesting other areas is to encase mattresses and pillows. Encasements for mattresses, spring boxes, and pillows are tightly woven covers that prevent bed bugs from entering or escaping. The encasements should be kept on for at least a year to ensure that all the bed bugs die naturally. The National Pesticide Information Center recommends using encasements to protect beds from bed bug infestations. In addition to encasing bed items, they also recommend placing bed bug traps under bed legs to stop bed bugs crawling up.

    Other Remedies to Eradicate Bed Bugs Naturally

    Tea tree oil insecticide spray - The insecticidal properties of tea tree oil make it a great natural treatment to get rid of bed bug infestation. You can use the homemade spray to kill off bed bugs in hard to reach places, like cracks, crevices, and furniture joints. A study from 2014 found that a tea tree oil solution is an effective and natural insect repellent and also acts as an insecticide. To make a natural insecticide with tea tree oil, put 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle filled with water and shake well. Spray liberal amounts of the natural insecticide in all areas where you think bed bugs are living. Use the tea tree oil spray daily until all the signs of bed bugs have disappeared completely. Remember to shake well before each application. Tea tree oil is also a great natural remedy to cure any skin itching caused by bed bugs.

    Lavender oil pesticide spray - similar to tea tree oil, lavender essential oil can be used to make an effective natural pesticide spray to kill bed bugs. The insect-repellent properties of lavender oil are toxic for bed bugs but completely safe. One study into the effect of essential oils and their use for insect and bug control found that a combination of lavender oil and peppermint oil effectively kills off insects. Lavender oil also helps to destroy insect eggs and larvae as well as repelling bed bugs. Peppermint oil also has a strong repellent action. Add 10-15 drops lavender essential oil and 10-15 drops peppermint oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spray in areas infested with bed bugs. Use the natural pesticide spray daily until you no longer have any signs of bed bug infestation. Shake well before each application.

    Diatomaceous earth (DE) for bed bug control is a natural and safe insecticide to eliminate bed bugs. Diatomaceous earth powder helps to kill off bed bugs by causing them to dehydrate because it destroys their outer protective membrane. Because vacuum cleaners may not remove all bed bugs in deep crevices, diatomaceous earth is an excellent way to control bed bugs and prevent further infestation. A study into the use of diatomaceous earth in bed bug eradication found that it is a safe, non-toxic way to rid bed bugs. Even though diatomaceous earth (DE) is slow acting, the study found that this was an advantage. This is because the bed bugs transfer the powder to other bugsand help to distribute the natural insecticide to their habitats. The study found that within 40 days, 80% of all the bed bugs had been killed. Complete eradication was achieved in 12 days. To naturally eliminate a bed bug infestation with diatomaceous earth, dust the powder around all areas where bed bugs may be hiding. Repeat the process every 3 days for 2 weeks to ensure complete removal of all the bed bugs.

  • 07 May 2017 10:53 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Webinar Examines ‘Summertime in the Workplace’

    May 5, 2017 by RVBusiness

    KPA, in conjunction with the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, will host a webinar May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon on how to manage schedules for summer vacations, pay seasonal workers, implement dress codes for hot weather, and prevent heat illness for outdoor workers. Register:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2461879484743631107.

    According to a press release, the session will be led by KPA Director of Environmental Health and Safety Product Peter Zaidel and Kathryn Carlson, of HR management products. Practical guidance and effective tools will be provided so that summertime is safe and productive for businesses.

    Zaidel manages KPA’s EHS product line including new onsite services and myKPAonline development. He monitors EPA, DOT and OSHA regulation changes and heads up KPA’s training content development. Peter holds a bachelor’s in environmental resource management and environmental engineering from Penn State University.

    Carlson has over 25 years of human resource management experience and is a certified HR professional. For the past 13 years she has focused on developing HR software and programs to improve efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure compliance for companies ranging from small businesses to international corporations.

    RVDA, the National RV Dealers Association, is the national association representing RV retailers. The association’s members include RV dealers, RV rental operators, and RV aftermarket sales and service locations. For more information, visit www.rvda.org.


  • 07 May 2017 10:46 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" In Great Outdoors

    Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2017)- In an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, executives from more than 100 outdoor recreation industry companies praised the agenda being set by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. These leading executives represent many segments of the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry including the shooting, hunting, archery, camping, fishing, marine, motorcycle, powersports, hospitality and recreation vehicle sectors.

    In the letter, the industry expresses enthusiasm about Secretary Zinke, a strong supporter of outdoor recreation. Since his confirmation, Secretary Zinke has been working closely with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) to increase access to recreational opportunities and enjoyment on all federal lands and waters. In addition to increasing access, ORIR is working with the Administration to establish public-private partnerships as an entrepreneurial mechanism for addressing part of the $20 billion in deferred maintenance and to achieve a better balance in decisions involving recreation and conservation.

    “The recreation industry believes that we are an important positive force in American lifestyles and the nation’s economy. We appreciate the Administration’s, and particularly Secretary Zinke’s, agreement and discussions underway to expand access to and enjoyment of our public lands and waters, covering nearly one-third of the nation’s surface. Our interest includes iconic national parks but also close-to-home areas now often ignored and with great potential,” said Derrick Crandall, one of the signers of the letter and President of the American Recreation Coalition.

    Many in the outdoor recreation industry are encouraged by the president’s willingness to tackle America’s long-term infrastructure challenges and his promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure initiative that will increase access to the nation’s recreation lands through better bridges, roads, waterways, and restored infrastructure within our nation’s parks.

    Read the letter here.


    Source:  http://www.funoutdoors.com/node/view/3702

  • 26 Apr 2017 11:33 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT: Shannon Brower

    608.848.8781

    shannon@crs4rec.com

    CRS WELCOMES NEW CONSTRUCTION AND SERVICE MANAGER

    Verona, WI, (April, 2017) – Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) is expanding its capabilities with the addition of Jon Wills. Jon joined the CRS team as a Regional Construction & Service Manager and will be an essential component in expanding the services offered through CRS. Jon started his new role on Monday, April 3rd and is already proving to be a key resource for our aquatic and land-based recreation projects.

    With over 15 years of construction experience, Jon comes to CRS with the knowledge and expertise to help CRS continue to provide full service recreation solutions. Throughout his career, Jon has had the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of construction projects within commercial and residential markets and has an extensive track record of successful projects. With his project management expertise, Jon will be available to provide services to both public and private sector clients on Splashpads, lightning detection service, playgrounds and site amenities projects.

    “I am eager to expand our service capabilities with the addition of Jon and I know he will be an integral part of our team as we continue to widen our scope.” Said CRS President Ron Romens. “With Jon’s construction experience and skill set there will be extensive benefits to our clients and their overall satisfaction as CRS continues to expand our service offering.”

    About Commercial Recreation Specialists

    CRS is headquartered in Verona, Wis., with representatives in New Jersey and Minnesota. It serves customers throughout the United States and the Caribbean. With over 40 years of combined industry experience, CRS not only supplies the highest quality equipment, it also offers design, planning, installation and operations services. It provides careful analysis of each client’s facility and business goals in order to achieve the best recreation solution possible. CRS delivers unparalleled industry knowledge and proven success in the commercial recreation market with clients including municipalities, schools, YMCAs, athletic facilities, sports venues, amusement parks, family entertainment centers, campgrounds, resorts, summer camps, zoos and other recreation venues. For more information, you may contact the CRS corporate office at (608) 848-8781 or visit us online at www.crs4rec.com.



  • 12 Apr 2017 1:12 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE

    Jamestown Advanced Products Celebrates 30 Years of Business
    Family-Owned Company Continues To Grow and Thrive

    JAMESTOWN, NY – Ask many of the employees of Jamestown Advanced Products why the business has made it to celebrate 30 years, and they will give the same response: The ownership team.

    Owned by Wendi and Lee Lodestro, Jamestown Advanced Products is a New York State-Certified Woman-Owned Small Business specializing in sheet metal fabrication.

    The company was started in 1987 by Jon Wehrenberg, Wendi Lodestro’s father, to fulfill metal fabrication needs. He began the business with one customer from Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1989, Wendi Lodestro joined Wehrenberg, signing on as the company’s general manager. Two years later, Lee Lodestro also joined Jamestown Advanced, as the engineering manager.

    A few short years later, Wehrenberg and his wife were camping when he saw the potential for Jamestown Advanced Products to grow in the form of campground equipment. In 1994, the company began a campground line with a single charcoal grill and campfire ring. Wehrenberg’s idea took off, and today the company manufactures thousands of park, recreational and campground products, including a variety of grills, campfire rings, picnic tables, RV power outlets, benches, trash receptacles, dog agility equipment and more.

    When it came time for Wehrenberg to retire, the Lodestros had to make a tough decision.  “My father gave us a couple of options that Lee and I weighed,” Wendi Lodestro said. Wehrenberg offered to sell Jamestown Advanced outright and give a portion of the sale to the Lodestros to begin their own business venture, or to sell the entire existing company to the pair.  “It was a very difficult and life-changing decision,” Wendi Lodestro said. “Our son, Josh, to this day states the reason he is very business-savvy is due to every night sitting at the dining table and discussing business.”

    The Lodestros made their decision, and purchased the company in December 1999. At the time, Jamestown Advanced had around 40 employees compared to more than 100 today, and one-third of the sales it is currently recording.  The changes the company has undergone in its 30 year history go beyond the numbers. Chris Roll, current project manager, was one of the business’ first six employees when it began in 1987.

    Reminiscing on his career with Jamestown Advanced, Roll remembers two previous venues the business operated out of before settling at its current location. Additionally, Roll said the business has grown from starting out to meet fabrication needs, to adding powder coating and assembly lines.  “We have tried to become a one-stop shop for our customers,” Roll said. “If they need something fabricated, we try to provide it. Pick up the phone, and we’ll build it.”

    Dennis Button, who has worked for Jamestown Advanced Products since 2002, and Bonnie Ring, who has been with the company since 1997, also identified new products coming through the factory over the years, as well as additions of new equipment. Wayne Carroll, who began working for Jamestown Advanced as a welder in 1994, said there has been an extreme increase in the amount of products moving through the factory as the company continues to grow.

    Engineering Manager Jeff Green has been with Jamestown Advanced since 2010, when he began working on the paint line in the factory as a summer job. His choice to stay, though, boils down to ownership.  “I decided to come back after college because of the appreciation and recognition that the owners have shown me over the years for all of the hard work I’ve done,” Green said.  Green is not the only one with this sentiment. Ray McKotch, purchasing manager, began working at the company in 2002 as a turret operator in the factory, before moving to sales and then his current position.  “Wendi and Lee are very generous, caring people,” McKotch said. “They gave me a job when I needed one, and when it wasn’t the right fit for me, they offered me the sales position. They care about their employees, providing opportunities for them to grow, expand and succeed with the company. It’s a family business, and they make you feel like you’re part of the family.”  The feeling, though, is mutual.  “Our employees have been instrumental in Jamestown Advanced success,” Wendi Lodestro said. “Not one day goes by that I do not appreciate each and every one of them.”

    Looking to the next 30 years, Wendi Lodestro said she is looking forward to Jamestown Advanced Products’ continued growth and success.  “That would be a great legacy for my parents, as well as Lee and I,” she said.  Her employees are on board. “Tell me where we’re going in the future, and I’ll go,” Roll said.

    Additional information about Jamestown Advanced Products can be found online at www.JamestownAdvanced.com.



  • 12 Apr 2017 12:49 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

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    The Adventure Alert

    April 2017

    There’s still time to plan for the upcoming season hot weather with SplashGolf…cool down with an interactive water environment; or plan your traditional miniature golf for this season…the timeless game for all ages. 

    Greetings!

    What is your business doing to attract and retain guests, or enhance your business or venue?

    If you are looking for innovative ideas AGS can help.  Contact us today to explore how you can enhance your existing or future project

    Recent Project

    Tropical Breeze Fun Park, Cape Coral, FL

    The Business of Mini Golf

    Creating More Profit with a Miniature Golf Renovation 

    Part III

    Continued from our March Adventure Alert...

    What Capital Investment Can I Afford?

    “How much will this cost?” is the first question, each Owner asks.
    “How much of an increase in your profit, do you wish to achieve?” is our company response.

    The bottom line is that to increase sales and profit the owner needs to determine what must be done and what could be done with the course and budget accordingly. 
    Operating costs vary for a variety of reasons:  

    • Some owners have a large salary and others have none
    • Some courses have a utility vehicle in the overhead
    • Some courses have the ball and putter distribution done by another sales desk unrelated to miniature golf
    • Some owners place a premium on having excellent maintenance which costs more.

    Variables & Sensitivity
    Any miniature golf operator should be aware that there are variables that will impact the plan including

    • Weather
    • Higher operating costs
    • Lower than expected attendance

    The knowledge that these variables may occur will help the owner provide a hedge on his or her bet.  The owner might make several financial analyses to show low, medium and high potential sales levels.  Then, use the highest potential operating costs against each sale’s forecast.  This Sensitivity Analysis enables the owner to adjust sales and operating costs that he or she believes are probable and then compute the potential capital investment to be made.

    Starting the Renovation Process

    Now if you are ready to consider a renovation or would like additional information on how doing so can help to expedite sales and increase your bottom line, please go to the AGS Contact Form at www.adventureandfun.com and fill out the information and email to our company.  Or call us at 231-922-8166.   

    In The News

    Education Through Mini Golf

    In a series of articles about the scientific applications of miniature golf, the second article  discusses two different ways Mini Golf was used as a learning tool.  

    First, children participated in a two week robotics program where the goal was to design robots that could play miniature golf. 

    In another application, students at Salem State University designed a course with the goal of creating healthy conversations about current events. Each hole represents a political issue and offers an opportunity for the student designers as well as the people who play the course to think about what the topics mean to them and to consider other perspectives on those issues.

    SplashGolf™ - The New WOW Factor

    Taking the players and the game itself into an interactive water environment...


    Adventure Golf Services | 888-725-4FUN or 231-922-8166 | www.adventureandfun.com

    Offices in Chicago, IL | Traverse City, MI


  • 14 Mar 2017 1:31 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    If you would like a copy of the Board Meeting Minutes from the 2017 February Meeting, please email us at info@koaowners.org and we will email you a copy!

  • 08 Feb 2017 1:53 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Grilled Waffle Treats


    Ingredients

    8 frozen waffles

    1 cup miniature marshmallows

    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Directions

    1. Place one waffle on a greased double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square). Sprinkle with 1/4 cup each marshmallows and chocolate chips; top with another waffle. Fold foil around sandwich and seal tightly. Repeat three times.

    2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until chocolate is melted, turning once. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Yield: 4 servings.


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