Beth Roeder’s Key to Happiness
She Believes in the Power of Resilience, Persistence, RVing, and Helping Other People
Beth Roeder, VP of Consumer Data Governance for the entire Good Sam and Camping World enterprise, is a woman with a mission and on the move. Beth has been with the company for twenty-five years and oversees the marketing database—the central hub for all information that occurs about a customer—and makes sure that it is functioning accurately.
She’s a wife and mom of three and volunteers at her church, her daughter’s school, and her son’s basketball team. With such a demanding schedule, RVing is her way of relaxing, and the family frequently heads out in their CrossRoads Sunset Trail travel trailer to enjoy the Kentucky camping season.
RV Magazine (RVM): What are You Thankful For?
“Sixteen years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer, I was told that I could not have more children.” [She had a son at the time.] She is now cancer-free and has since had two more healthy children. “Every day I’m thankful for another day of life and I go to sleep every night thankful for the ability to say goodnight to my children. I have a new love and compassion for people and want to figure out what positive impact I can have on them.”
RVM: How Did You Get Into RVing?
Beth attributes her love of the outdoors and camping to her parents since “there was never a bad time to go camping, no matter what time of year or the temperature!” She views campgrounds as the “friendliest places on earth, and where you make friends for life.”
She recalls once when the family was celebrating her parents’ wedding anniversary, “and in walked a couple my parents had met at a campground the weekend before. They drove two hours each way to join the celebration!”
RVM: How has RVing Impacted Your Life?
“If I had a slogan, it would be that camping keeps me sane. It’s a wonderful escape from a demanding lifestyle.” The family does RV getaways almost every weekend to local lakes and one of the “most beautiful places,” Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, during the summer.
When last year’s spring break RV vacation got canceled due to COVID-19, her nine-year-old daughter, especially, was disappointed. Between homeschooling and working from home, the family of five had been together constantly inside the house. “I told my daughter, ‘the girls are going camping,’ and parked our trailer in the yard and set up everything just like we do at a campsite.”
The mother-daughter team spent a weekend “camping, making meals, playing games, and enjoying bonding time. “She thought this was the greatest thing ever!” This also gave the entire family a break from each other and was so successful that the girls’ campout became a regular getaway when they couldn’t get away.
RVM: What are Your Favorite Ways to Enjoy Time at a Campsite?
“A lot of the time, my parents and sister join us with their RVs, and my brother. We send out a message to all our camping friends that we’re booking this site at this place, and they book it, too. So sometimes we’ve got ten families.” Friends break out their guitars, folks play harmonicas and banjos, and they all love to sing around the campfire while the kids get creative with new s’mores recipes. “And we love playing board and card games.”
RVM: What Inspires and Motivates You?
“I’m inspired by different people and their unique qualities, how people come together, and particularly by the preacher at my church and the encouragement he gives to others during this time.” Beth lives by the principle of “having the mindset that you’re never going to give up and always pursuing regardless of what life throws at you. To me, it’s persistence, consistency, and always looking for your blessings.”