Oct. 31 Deadline for RV/MH Hall Nominations
With the Oct. 31 deadline fast approaching, the RV/MH Hall of Fame Selection Committee has issued a call for nominations for the Class of 2014.
RV/MH Hall of Fame Chairman Barry Cole noted, “If you know of anyone who you believe deserves to be nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame now is the time to send in his or her nomination. On a regular basis colleagues ask, ‘Why isn’t this person or that person in the Hall of Fame?’ Chances are, the reason is that no one has ever nominated them. My advice to them is, ‘nominate them – don’t wait for someone else to do it.’”
Darryl Searer, Hall president, added, “The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors, including manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media and associations, for the class of 2014 and beyond.”
The hall includes several people from the campground sector. The most recent inductions were in 2012 for the late Nelson and Mary Emily Jackson, founders of Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The RV/MH Heritage Foundation board recently approved a new and 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’s 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.
In addition, the nomination form must be filled out in its entirety and 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 that include both his or her positions, accomplishments and innovations on the job as well as volunteer work both inside and outside the industry. Special emphasis is placed 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 honored at the Hall’s Annual Induction dinner in August. The Hall’s bylaws allow for up to 10 inductees per year.
Cole 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.
“Time is running out for nominations to the Hall’s Class of 2014,” Cole said, “so I urge my colleagues to honor their friends and co-workers by submitting their nominations before the Oct. 31 deadline.”