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  • 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...


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  • 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.


  • 08 Feb 2017 1:45 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    CAMPFIRE GAMES AND KIDS

    RV Kid activities and fun campfire games for your next Iowa RV road trip

    If you’ve ever traveled with wee ones, you know that it can be difficult to keep them from driving each other (or you) up the wall. Spending an evening around a campfire can go from calming to catastrophic in an instant. Try these ideas to keep them occupied while you enjoy your next evening together.

    Mosquito bite!

    This game requires a little planning ahead of time, but it’s a lot of fun with three to seven-year-olds. Pack some colored dot stickers like the ones you get for garage sales. The perfect circles will be red, but any color will do. Each player gets a sheet of stickers and they spend the evening trying to stick the dots on the other players without them noticing. The person with the fewest number of stickers on them at the end of the night is the winner! But you’d better be sneaky — if you get caught, you have to stick the bite on yourself!

    Telephone.

    A traditional game that never gets old, telephone is fun for five to twelve-year-olds. As the players sit in a circle or line, one person comes up with a short phrase to pass down the row of players. The first player whispers the phrase into the ear of the second, the second to the third and on down the line it goes. When it gets to the end, see how close your group is to the original phrase!

    To add some competitiveness, larger groups can be broken up into two or three, and phrases can be written down by someone sitting out on a piece of paper. Each group will then be passing the same phrase around their circle. The group closest to the original phrase at the end of the round wins.

    The frog.

    Especially in larger groups, this game can be a ton of fun. It’s another really great game for elementary school-age kids. One person is selected from the group as a “guesser” and stands in the center of the circle of players. One of the remaining players is selected as the “frog.” This can be done by drawing names or just choosing someone quietly. The frog eliminates the other players in the circle by sticking his or her tongue out while they’re looking at him or her. Once you’re out, you sit down in the circle. The game goes on until the guesser correctly identifies the frog or the frog has eliminated all of the other players. At the end of the game, the frog becomes the next guesser and players choose a new frog.

    Tape ball.

    A great game for a group, tape ball takes a little planning, but a lot of fun. Go somewhere to find some cheap prizes and candy and pick up a roll of tape. Any tape will do, but clear packing tape works really well. Make a ball out of the tape and wrap the candy and prizes in the layers. Game play requires one die. Players stand or sit in a circle. Player one starts by trying to unwrap the tape ball while player two rolls the die. When the player rolls a six (or whatever number you choose), it’s their turn to unwrap while the next player rolls. The game goes on around the circle until all of the prizes are claimed by the unwrappers and the ball is gone.

    Keeping younguns busy is a trick of the trade when you’re traveling with munchkins. When you’re wanting to enjoy a peaceful night (or if you’re wanting to play along with them!) these are great ways to start your family time together. Unwrap one of these games and watch the madness unfold as you add a little spunk to your next adventure.

    Source GLRV Adventure

  • 08 Feb 2017 1:40 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    RESTON, Va. — Wholesale RV shipments to dealers ended 2016 in a strong fashion with 32,970 units shipped, according to the RV Industry Association’s December survey of manufacturers.

    This represents a 17.6 percent increase over the December 2015 tally of 28,025 units and checks in as the best December on record, said Bill Baker, senior director of communications.

    For the year as a whole, all RV shipments climbed to 430,691 units, a gain of 15.1 percent over 2015, and the best yearly total in more than 40 years. This year also marked the seventh consecutive annual increase in RV shipments since the end of the last recession, he explained.

    Here is the complete year-end shipment report for 2016:

    Type Dec. 2015 Dec. 2016 % Change Total 2015 Total 2016 % Change
    Travel Trailers 17,737 21,443 +20.9% 239,255 282,250 +18.0%
    Fifth Wheels 5,634 6,484 +15.1% 75,148 80,435 +7.0%
    Folding Campers 633 627 -0.9% 9,206  10,208 +10.9%
    Truck Campers 260 241 -7.3% 3,327 3,057 -8.1%
    TOTAL TOWABLES 24,264 28,795 +18.7% 326,936 375,950 +15.0%
    Type A Motorhomes 1,770 1,647 -6.9% 21,948 22,673 +3.3%
    Type B Motorhomes 248 343 +54.4% 3,294 4,087 +24.1%
    Type C Motorhomes 1,743 2,145 +23.1% 22,068 27,981 +26.8%
    TOTAL MOTORHOMES 3,761 4,175  +11.0% 47,310 54,741 +15.7%
    TOTAL RV SHIPMENTS 28,025 32,970 +17.6% 374,246 430,691 +15.1%

     

    SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release


  • 03 Feb 2017 10:59 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Adventure Golf Services
    P.O. Box 6319
    Traverse City, MI 49696-6319
    Ph: 231-922-8166
    Fax: 231-922-0153
    Toll Free: 888-725-4FUN
    www.adventureandfun.com

    PRESS RELEASE

    Lee Fivenson, Marketing
    lee@adventureandfun.com
    231-922-8166

    U-Build-It Mini Golf Kit Answers Market Need

    Traverse City, MI…” Campground owners, smaller hotel owners and other entertainment venues are now able to build their own small and low cost concrete mini golf courses with the U-Build-It Mini Golf Kit from Adventure Golf Services (“AGS”), announces Scott Lundmark, president.

    “The need for this concept was identified by our sales staff as they received inquiries from venues, with limited budgets and / or space. These clients have asked for a small 18-hole concrete miniature golf, which they can build. The U-Build-It Mini Golf Kit helps an owner achieve this for as low as $50,000, depending upon geographic location, states Lundmark.

    The U-Build-It Mini Golf Kit sells for $5,000 and provides each owner with everything needed to build a 2,100-square foot 18-hole course, according to AGS CEO & Chief Designer Arne Lundmark. “One of the difficult aspects for an owner to build a course is the ability to layout the course while maintaining the same golf hole shapes, contours and topography as specified in the plan or design. We have addressed this issue. The kit specifies for computer precision cut mini golf putting turf to match the shape of the golf holes which, along with other key items, can be purchased directly from AGS. This streamlines and speeds up the construction process, for an additional fee, a custom layout on the owner’s site can be provided if the owner provides site topography,” comments Arne Lundmark.

    “The Kit includes a pre-loaded budget spread sheet, whereby the owner can fill-in the blanks based on local costs, which auto-populates the spreadsheet with the final numbers,” comments Erin Wilson, AGS Controller and creator of this program. “We have included all things needed to build the course such as sub-base material, putting turf, edge system, hole cups, labor hours, concrete, equipment rental and optional features such as props and obstacles to add more fun to your new course. We can even provide an on-site Supervisor to assist for an additional fee,” adds Wilson.

    Adventure Golf has a proven history of providing custom miniature golf course plans and designs for large and small courses that have been built by owners across the world. We have used this experience to package a complete kit for design / build solution for a mini golf course requiring a small footprint and lower budget, while maintaining many of the same topographical features, props and obstacles as the large “adventure-style” courses, concludes Scott Lundmark.

    Adventure Golf Services is the world’s largest provider of mini golf products and services. AGS services include: modular / portable mini golf, shuffle board, bocce ball, croquet courts, golf hitting bays.

    For more information visit: www.adventureandfun.com or call 888-725-4FUN or 231-922-8166.


  • 11 Jan 2017 12:10 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    HUD Bed Bug Guidelines

    With bed bug infestations being a serious problem throughout the country, it’s imperative to know about the best practices regarding the prevention and control of this widespread problem.  Because HUD has released two notices and much written information on this issue, you need to make certain that you are carrying out all of HUD’s requirements. In accordance with project Regulatory Agreements and Section 8 HAP Contracts, a housing area must have no evidence of infestation, and HUD will monitor O/A’s to ensure this is a reality.

    Industry veteran Debbie Hixon will shed light on HUD’s take on bed bug infestation in a 60-minute webinar "What Does HUD Say About Bed Bugs <http://t.ymlp189.net/esbhaaaejyubakawmacaqewuwu/click.php> " on Wed, January 25, 2017 (available all day), where she will cover the following topics:

    ·         What is the guidance on the rights and responsibilities of HUD and Owners and Management Agents?

    ·         What is the guidance on the rights and responsibilities of tenant?

    ·         Learn whether the information only apply to bed bug infestations

    ·         What is an IPM?

    ·         Copy of What’s Working for Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing

    Who should attend: All HUD-insured or assisted housing staff

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  • 12 Dec 2016 10:37 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to newly elected Board Members:

    Cheryl Arnold, Thompson/Grand River Valley KOA, Area 2
    Libby DeRosa, Covert/South Haven KOA, Area 3
    Sterling Rohde, San Antonio/Alamo KOA, Area 4
    Matt Stovold, Toronto N/Cookstown KOA, Area 7

    and thank you to outgoing Board Members:

    Barbara Kuder, Salem/Lisbon KOA
    Joe Long, Lena KOA
    Tina Haith, Oklahoma City KOA
    Hans Wagner, 1000 Islands/Kingston KOA

    We appreciate everyone's hard work and dedication to the KOA OWNERS ASSOCIATION!

    And thank you to (now) Past President of the Board - Homer Staves of Whitefish/Kalispell KOA pictured below with Greg Batts, Kentucky Lakes/Prizer Point KOA, newly elected President of the Board:


  • 29 Nov 2016 12:38 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Bill and Pam Thorne (right) - WorkKampers of the Year Award Winners nominated by Carol and John McMullen of Burkburnett/Wichita Falls KOA!


  • 01 Nov 2016 10:18 AM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

    ILLINOIS KOA OWNERS MEETING

    Minutes

    October 24 & 25, 2016

    Rock Island KOA

    Hosts: Carole & John

    October 24, 2016

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

    · Represented at the meeting were the following Illinois parks to include Casey, Benton, Chicago NW, Lena, LaSalle, Granite City and Rock Island.

    · Financial Report was provided by John and shows the association continues to carry a small balance of $497 with all bills paid.

    · Minutes of March meeting approved.

    · Standard Business Items

    o Marketing Efforts

    · Sylvia provided a status update of the state tri-fold brochure. Our current stock is depleted and we need to order more. Group agreed to order 10,000 but before we order each park needs to check for changes and submit those changes to Sylvia no later than November 25th so that the new tri-folds can be printed and ready for the upcoming RV shows.

    · Group discussed and agreed that a cable service icon needs to be added on the next printing.

    · Sylvia said most of the Illinois visitor centers are again open and requesting the tri-folds. She has a few to meet current demands and will continue to supply the centers as the requests are submitted.

    o Camping Shows 2017

    · Shows for 2017

    · Discussed about the KOA requirements for camping shows specifically the minimum attendance numbers. A review of our shows had all above the 5K minimum and the group agreed to do the five Illinois shows dividing the work at the shows based on geography so owners could avoid significant travel cost issues. Everyone agreed to help and all shows will be staffed by Illinois parks with the exception of Rosemont having Covert MI on board.

    · It was agreed that any excess materials at the parks, bags, directories or whatever that can be used at the shows will not be wasted. As Rosemont is the biggest show and always has less materials then the demand most of the excess inventory will be sent to Rosemont.

    o All Illinois parks will help work shows but not all shows will have all parks participating. This is an effort to minimize travel and travel costs and to allow parks to work shows that may most impact their locations.

    · John briefed everyone on the joint marketing in the ICA directory. For 2017 there will again be 8 parks participated in the full page ad. This ad not only gives us a presence in the directory but also a place on the ICA web site.

    · The Family Campers & RVers ad was placed last spring for 2 years. John asked if any parks had record of this ad generating business and none of the parks saw any results. The ad will run again in 2017 and the group will discuss results if any at next fall’s meeting. At that time a decision will be made to drop or continue into the future.

    o Joe Long, our OA board representative, gave us a report on OA issues and topics. He said that there will be an open seat for area three and if anyone was interested he would like to step down. Joe addressed the topics discussed at the OA board meeting and said KOA branding continues to be a focus but not significant. In general he said OA issues with KOA have been minor.

    o Park Tour. John conducted a walking group tour of the park. At the last visit of the group to Rock Island was snowed out everyone was happy to have a dry cool day to view the park. John covered the history of the park including the many changes over the last 20 years. The tour concluded in the east end of the park where work has started on a new bathhouse, cabins and RV sites. John explained that the bathhouse has been needed for a long time and that the other upgrades were being done at the same time to help consolidate costs. It is hoped the area will be ready in spring of 2017 but that maybe a very optimistic forecast.

    · Tax Law 101

    o John presented a tax law discussion on capital assets verses repairs expense. What must be capitalized, when can certain elections, such as “de minimis safe harbor election” be used to expense items that otherwise should be depreciated. There was a discussion of how recapture of previously expensed items can cause a substantial tax gain in the year of the sale of a business, a topic important to several of the parks in the room. John talked about the rules concerning when depreciation can start. (placed in service) John also addressed the issue of including all the costs when a new asset is purchased. He talked about the fact that costs of self-construction labor or interest during the construction period must be placed in an asset account and depreciated over time once the asset goes into service.

    · Open Discussion

    o Owners discussed their various park projects, problems and solutions with those projects.

    · The next meeting was scheduled for April 2017 at the LaSalle KOA and the fall meeting will be October 23 and 24, 2017 at the Kankakee KOA.

    · Meeting adjourned at 3:00pm



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