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May 09, 2005


Media Advisory
May 9, 2005

4,000 Good Sam Club Members Join National Cleanup Program
"Help Preserve our Public Lands"

(Ventura, CA) - Recreation vehicle owners from all 50 states and 8 Canadian provinces are expected to participate in this weekend's National Cleanup Day, a nationwide litter cleanup event sponsored by the Good Sam Club. 2005 marks the program's 10th consecutive year and will center on the theme, "Helping Preserve our Public Lands." The goal of this program is to clean public areas, campgrounds and public parks that need a helping hand.

The Good Sam Club created the National Cleanup Day campaign in 1996 as the organization was celebrating its 30th anniversary. Then, the goal was to have each Good Sam member pick up one piece of trash on any public land on a particular day. Today, the Good Sam Club has partnered with Take Pride in America, a national volunteer program that aims to encourage support and recognize volunteers that serve on our public lands. In harmony with Take Pride's motto "It's Your Land, Lend a Hand," Good Sam Club is asking everyone in the United States and Canada to reach down to pick up at least one piece of trash. Cleanup Day is just one way that the Good Sam Club recommits itself to the national "Take Pride in America" program.

On May 13, Good Sam Club and Take Pride will be joining forces with the Tennessee Good Sam members to cleanup the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon, Tennessee. Joining Tennessee Good Sam Members at the cleanup will be Take Pride in America Executive Director Marti Allbright.

What: 2005 Good Sam Club National Cleanup Day

Who: Tennessee Good Sam Members and Take Pride In America

When: May 13

Where: James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon, Tennessee

About the Good Sam Club
The Good Sam Club, www.goodsamclub.com, is the world's largest Recreation Vehicle (RV) owners organization with nearly one million member families. Founded in 1966, the Club offers its members a wide variety of services, including RV Insurance, Extended Warranty on RVs (the Continued Service Plan), Emergency Road Service, RV Financing, Good Sam Credit Card and Life & Health Insurance, as well as member discounts at parks, campgrounds, and RV events. Good Sam Club members also receive a subscription to Highways, the Club's popular RV travel magazine. Additionally, the Club represents more than 2,000 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions. Extremely committed to its RV members as well as to the environment, the Club is a founder of the annual National Cleanup Day program and an advocate of public land access, Adopt-A-Highway programs and Adopt-A-Park programs, to name a few. The Good Sam Club is headquartered in Ventura, California, and is a subsidiary of the Affinity Group, Inc.

About Take Pride in America
Take Pride in America(r) is a national partnership program that encourages, supports and recognizes volunteers who work to improve our public parks, forests, grasslands, reservoirs, wildlife refuges, cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds, and other recreation areas. With more than 100 Charter Partners, Take Pride involves Federal, state and local governments; conservation, youth and recreation groups; and top national corporations and organizations. Together, we protect and enhance the special legacy all Americans share - our public lands that cover more than one in every three acres across the Nation. For more information visit: www.TakePride.gov.


Contact:
Rebecca Zuniga, Club Activities Manager/Good Sam Club
(800) 765-1912 ext. 455, rzuniga@affinitygroup.com or
cleanupday@goodsamclub.com

Pam Landaiche, Calzone & Associates
(337) 235-2924, pam@calzone.com
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