(From Bob Hamilton) On our cross country trip a couple of years ago we were blessed by being invited by Dave Lovell to come and visit Santa Claus, Indiana. I will tell you, if you are near southern Indiana you have to make this a must stop. It's more Kentucky than it is Indiana with the mountains and the hills and even in late October it was still lush and green. And, the park! We spent the night in our RV Dream Class B and it was just wonderful...quiet and beautiful in the woods, but with all the amenities (TV, microwave, Internet, etc etc) that we are use to...So it's not surprise that ARVC named them RV Park of the year. One of the nicest people you will ever meet is Dave Lovell, the marketing director there..and he sent me this press release, starting with a picture...
From left to right in the attached photo...dated Saturday 11-15-08:
Linda Profaizer, President & CEO of ARVC
Dave Lovell, Marketing Director of Lake Rudolph
Philip Koch, Owner & President of Lake Rudolph
Wayne Utley, General Manager of Lake Rudolph
Mark Anderson, Board Chairman of ARVC
Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
Named the 2008-2009 National RV Park of the Year!
SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA….The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) awarded Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana the 2008-2009 National RV Park of the Year in the large park category (251-499 sites). The Awards of Excellence program was part of the ARVC national convention held Nov. 15, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn.
This is the second time Lake Rudolph has received this honor. The park also was recognized as 2004-2005 National RV Park of the Year. The RV Park of the Year award is the highest possible honor in the campground and RV park industry and is based on national directory ratings, operations excellence, community service, association involvement, park promotions, management skills, education, and employee training techniques.
“We are honored to receive this award from our peers in the campground and RV park industry,” said Philip Koch, owner and President of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. “My father, Bill Koch, opened Lake Rudolph in 1958. Receiving this award during our 50th anniversary year makes it even more meaningful. I want to thank our tremendous staff for their outstanding efforts, and I especially thank our guests for helping us create the great family atmosphere we have at Lake Rudolph.”
ARVC is the only national association exclusively representing the interests of all commercial RV parks and campgrounds in the United States and includes more than 3,800 members. Membership includes RV parks and campgrounds, cabin and lodge resorts, membership campgrounds and resorts, industry suppliers and park developers.
Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is located next door to Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin’ Safari Water Park. More than 200 rental RVs & cabins and over 200 RV sites & tent sites are available. Reservations for the 2009 season are being accepted. People may call toll free 1-877-478-3657 or 812-937-4458 for reservations. Online reservations are also accepted at www.LakeRudolph.com. Lake Rudolph will open weekends in April and open daily starting on May 1.