BROOKFIELD, Wis. — In a letter sent to RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer, Gene Hyland is asking that a brick installed in his honor be permanently removed.
Hyland is a founder of the RV Dealers Association and served as the group’s first chairman in 1970.
“The brick in my name placed in the Walk of Fame was not for my efforts and expense of founding the RVDA, rather it got there by riding on the ‘shirttails’ of a number of other past RVDA chairpersons for serving their term,” Hyland explained in the letter.
All past RVDA chairmen are recognized with their names engraved in bricks and placed in a special area outside the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum. Hyland believes he should be recognized as the founder of the RV Dealers Association and not simply as a past chairman.
“Being given recognition for a deed of founding the RVDA decades ago has little, if any, significance. My reason for requesting to having it removed is due to the way it got there in the first place,” Hyland explained. “Originally, I requested to purchase a Walk of Fame brick in my name at my expense.
“I was informed that it was approved. Then, after a few weeks, I received a letter from the RV/MH Hall of Fame stating that the approval was rescinded with no explanation as to why,” he added. “I found that action by the RV/MH Hall of Fame to being highly offensive.”
SOURCE: Gene Hyland letter