The RV Learning Center now has a dedicated, permanent display honoring legacy donors whose gifts were instrumental in starting the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA ) Education Foundation, now known as the RV Learning Center. According to a press release, the framed contributor listing located in the RV Learning Center at RVDA headquarters in Fairfax, Va., “salutes their trailblazing gifts and commitment to ongoing education in the industry.”
“It’s fitting to recognize the generosity and foresight of these legacy donors as we launch this year’s fund raising drive,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore. “These original donors made the down payment on what is now the flagship educational institution for dealers and their staff. We owe a real debt of gratitude to these early supporters who believed in that vision.”
In addition to the display in the RV Learning Center, the listing of legacy donors appears online at the RV Learning Center website. A listing of active donors is also online, runs in each issue of RV Executive Today and is featured at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo along with other select industry events.
“We cannot just wish for prosperity in the coming year,” said Pastore. “We need to make it happen. RVDA is encouraging others to follow the example of those who paved the way and continue to support the important education and training of the RV Learning Center.
“Our goal is to offer more high-value training and educational opportunities for all dealership personnel as the market improves. And the plan to make it happen relies on even more industry leaders to step up and show their strong commitment to the RV Learning Center. By celebrating our legacy donors and active contributors and all they have given us, we hope to inspire more support for the RV Learning Center.”
The RV Learning Center focuses on:
• Offering high quality programs that are cost-effective and RV dealership-specific.
• Increasing certified dealership staff at all levels.
• Creating more opportunities for training.
• Increasing the use of web-based training and distance learning.
• Providing timely and effective education in response to changing regulations.
• Preparing dealers and their staff to run their businesses better and be more adaptable in a challenging economy.
• Building an RV dealer body that is ready to grow and prosper.
This year, giving has been simplified with an online donation form at http://www.rvlearningcenter.com/AM/Template.cfm?section=Dealer_GM&Template=/custom/rvlearning/rvlearning_gift.cfm in addition to a printable form at http://www.rvda.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Dealer_GM&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=16415 that allows for customized pledge and donation schedules. A donation is not only an investment in your business and your industry—it’s also a great way to get a year-end tax break for 2012.