The industry is gearing for the RV/MH Hall of Fame induction ceremony, set to run Aug. 5 at the Hall’s facility on the north side of Elkhart, Ind.
According to a press release, the day begins with the Annual Golf Classic at Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart. The golf outing starts at 7 a.m. with a full breakfast at Bent Oak. At 8:30 a.m. the golf begins with a shotgun start, followed immediately after the golf round with an awards luncheon.
That evening, the events surrounding the induction dinner for the Class of 2013 begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception in the Grand Hall at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, followed by the dinner and induction ceremonies. This year’s class will include the following RV/MH industries’ pioneers and leaders:
• Kirwan Elmers, Custom Coach
• C.M. Fore (deceased), Foretravel Inc.
• Lawrence C. Lippert, Lippert Components Inc.
• Matthew Perlot (deceased), Safari Motorhomes
• Thomas Walworth, Statistical Surveys, Inc.
• Craig M. Bollman, Mobile Home Communities
• Theresa Desfosses, State Manufactured Homes
• Thomas P. Meyers, Guerdon Industries
• Claude N. Palmer (deceased), Palmer Homes
Dick Jennison, president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), a national trade association located in Arlington, Va., will deliver the keynote address.
Barry Cole, president of MH Insurance and the Hall’s chairman, noted, “We are honored to have Dick as our induction dinner keynote speaker as he will be able to give attendees new insight into the state of the manufactured housing industry.”
Darryl Searer, Hall president, said he expects about 400 guests from across the country for this year’s induction ceremonies and urges those planning to attend who have not already made their reservations to make their reservations now. “Seating locations at the dinner are on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier someone signs up, the better location they’ll receive.”
Regarding the golf fundraiser, Searer said reservations are below what was expected and he hopes more will sign up in the next two weeks. “The golf outing has historically been great fun for those participating – a chance to interact with clients and potential customers in a relaxed forum, a chance to really get to know them and build lifelong friendships and business relationships,” he said. “The golf event is also an important fundraiser for the Hall. Once the cost of the golf outing itself is deducted, all of the remainder of the funds is used to reduce debt and pay operating expenses. So those who participate in the golf event not only get to enjoy a day of golf with friends and colleagues, they are helping the Hall meet its goal of financial stability.”
Cole added, “I hope all RV/MH industry members will set aside Aug. 5 as not only a day to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2013 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame, but also, celebrate and support the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum itself.”
For more information on and to make reservations for the induction dinner and the golf outing, visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org.