Hall of Fame Seeking Class of ’14 Nominees
The RV/MH Hall of Fame Selection Committee has issued a call for nominations for the Class of 2014.
“The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media and associations — for the class of 2014 and beyond,” Darryl Searer, Hall president, said in a press release.
Located in Elkhart, Ind., the Hall of Fame has inshrined more than 200 men and women from the two industries. The 2012 class included the late Nelson and Mary Emily Jackson, co-founders of Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The RV/MH Heritage Foundation board recently approved an improved process for nominating and has made the nomination guidelines and forms available online at www.rvmhhalloffame.org/pages/nominations.cfm.
According to the new guidelines, anyone can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall Selection Committee. To be eligible the nominee must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the recreation vehicle or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years.
Also, the nomination form must be filled out in its entirety and must be accompanied by three supporting letters (no more, no less) that meet the Hall’s guidelines. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. If the nominee is not selected within three years, he or she remains eligible only if the nomination is resubmitted and refreshed with additional information.
When evaluating a potential nominee, the selection committee will consider the nominee’s overall contributions to the good of the industry, to include both his or her positions, accomplishments and innovations on the job as well as volunteer work both inside and outside the industry, with special emphasis on volunteer work done on behalf of state and national associations and owner groups, the Hall of Fame itself and other industry-related organizations and causes. Favorable responses to these two basic questions are good starting points for Hall consideration.
If a completed nomination form and three properly prepared seconding letters are received by Oct. 31 of any year, the nominee will be in the pool of candidates considered for the following year’s class and for two years beyond that if not selected that year
The Hall’s Selection Committee will announce its selections in January and those chosen will be inducted at the Hall’s Annual Induction dinner in August 2014. The Hall’s bylaws allow for up to 10 inductees per year.
Searer said, “The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and manufactured housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries.”
Once the nomination form and supporting letters have been completed, the nominations may be submitted by mail, in person at the Hall, or by fax at (574) 293-3466.