The RV/MH Hall of Fame is accepting nominations now for the Class of 2021.
Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer said he hopes people will use the extra free time provided by “stay-at-home” orders to consider their nominations this year. Searer urges industry leaders to take advantage of the lock down caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and to spend time submitting thoughtful nominations.
“Most members of the two industries know someone who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and this downtime would be an excellent opportunity to nominate that person,” Searer said. “When the industries get back to work, you may be too busy to think about it so I’m hoping those considering nominating someone that they should start working on their nomination.”
The deadline for 2021 nominations is Oct. 31, 2020. Guidelines and forms required to nominate a Hall of Fame member are available online at the RV Hall of Fame website.
According to the guidelines, anyone can nominate an eligible person to the Hall of Fame. 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, campground or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years.
“The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc. — for the class of 2021 and beyond,” Searer said.
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 five 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.
If a completed nomination form and three properly-prepared seconding letters are received by October 31 of any year, the nominee will be in the pool of candidates considered for the following year’s class and for four 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. The Hall’s bylaws allow for up to 10 inductees per year.
The nominating committee is especially interested in receiving nominations for deserving early pioneers who may have been forgotten, passed over or overlooked in the past.
“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,” Searer said.
Nominations may be submitted by mail, in person at the Hall, or by fax at 574-293-3466. The Hall of Fame’s address and contact information is included below.
RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart Indiana 46514
e-mail: [email protected]