RVer of the Year

For some civic-minded Good Sam members, the term "recreational vehicle" doesn't apply to their motorhomes and travel trailers. In addition to piloting their RVs to popular camping destinations, these members hit the road and give back. Since 2008, Good Sam's RVer of the Year Award has recognized exceptional members who go out of their way to make the world a better place. Nominations flow in year-round, with member online voting in the fall.


We're always on the lookout for RVer of the Year candidates. Do you know an RVing Good Sam member or couple who has given back to their community or the world at large in a big way through volunteering, fundraising or building awareness for worthwhile causes? Nominate them now and tell us what they've done to deserve the award. If you'd make a good candidate, don't be shy–nominate yourself! It's a great way to draw attention to the causes that are close to your heart. Nominations are accepted year-round.

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2015 Winner

Bill & France Moriarty

Disaster Response Team

Good Sam Club members, Bill & France Moriarty took a leap of faith and sold their busy construction business, their cabin on the lake, their beach condo and their ‘sticks-n-bricks’ house to go on the road with Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanners. After working such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornadoes, and Super Storm Sandy, the Moriartys worked with Habitat to develop a program to help organize other RVers who want to help when a tragedy occurs. DR3, Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response team, program helps put volunteers in motion by providing the proper disaster relief training and mobilizing volunteers when disaster strikes. They have also been instrumental in developing a relationship between Habitat, Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. These three organizations work together to develop lasting relief programs that continue long after the national media has lost interest.

2014 Winner

Kenneth & Diane Wagner

Community Advocates

RVers since 1982, Good Sam Life members Kenneth and Diane Wagner are prime examples of leadership within the Good Sam organization. Each year at their state’s Samboree, the Wagners help coordinate an auction and raffle to benefit Maine’s Camp Sunshine, a retreat for youngsters with life-threatening conditions. They also assemble chapters’ aluminum pull-tab collections and provide them to Boston’s Shriners Hospital. They belong to Good Sam chapter Moose Trak Travelers, Kenneth being President, and contribute much of what they do to the help and assistance of the chapter members as a whole. They commend Maine Good Sam and state staff for the work done to help the chapters. Also belonging to Maine’s Good Sam Special Olympics Chapter, they volunteer and help earn hundreds of dollars for Maine’s Special Olympics.

2013 Winner

Frank & Joan Anderson

Community Service Leaders

Frank and Joan Anderson have been doing good works all their lives, both at home and on the road in their fleet of three Airstream travel trailers. Under Joan’s dynamic leadership, the Project Linus chapter she founded has given 37,000 lovingly handmade blankets to children in need of a warm hug—and is still going strong. Frank helps out behind the scenes for Project Linus and has actively served his local Lions Club for 35 years. Together, the two Georgia Good Sam members tirelessly raise money, volunteer countless hours and serve in leadership positions for the two nonprofit organizations.

2012 Winner

Fred Moore

Veterans Champion

Kentucky Good Sam member Fred Moore developed a profound respect for servicemen and women in his four years as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War era. While placing U.S. flags with fellow volunteers at a national cemetery in California one Memorial Day, Moore had an emotional experience that ultimately inspired him to launch Flags4Vets. The lofty goal of Moore's nonprofit organization is to honor fallen military heroes by placing flags on their graves and orchestrate patriotic demonstrations across the country.

2011 Winners

Joyce & John Williams

Perennial Volunteers

Since accepting an offer of early retirement, John Williams and his wife, Joyce, have crossed the continent with their travel trailer to help build more than 1,200 houses with Habitat for Humanity and its RV Care-a-Vanners division. They've lent a hand on projects for dozens of public agencies and charitable organizations from the National Park Service to NOMADS (Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service). The Michigan Good Sam couple spends at least six months a year actively doing good deeds while traveling in their RV.

2010 Winners

Marilyn & Don Buller

Disaster Team Founders

Good Sam members Marilyn and Don Buller had always felt there was more to RVing than recreation. Longtime volunteers with the Mennonite Disaster Service, the California couple contacted MDS headquarters in 2006 and established a plan to organize a network of RVers to travel to disaster sites and help repair damaged homes and clean up communities. In the years since then, the Bullers have played key roles on the RV team they founded, reconstructing towns devastated by fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.

2009 Winners

Susan & Monty Scales

Disaster Relief Contractors

When Susan and Monty Scales pulled out of their Indiana driveway with a travel trailer in tow in 2005, they didn't have sightseeing on their itinerary. The Good Sam couple had quit their construction jobs to volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. To help rebuild hard-hit neighborhoods, they organized labor pools, solicited supplies and arranged funding. Since then, they've dedicated themselves to rebuilding homes–and lives–in disaster-stricken neighborhoods across the country through the International Gospel Outreach Disaster Relief program.

2008 Winners

Richard Daniels

Stray Animal Advocate

When Georgia Good Sam member Richard Daniels encountered a stray dog during a stroll through a South Carolina RV park in 2005, he didn't know it would be a life-altering experience. Daniels wound up adopting the dog, naming him Old Fella and taking up a crusade to save homeless companion animals with the help of RVers. Daniels used Good Sam's online forums to facilitate animal rescues, RV transportation and adoptions, and eventually founded a network of foster homes for stray pets, the Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue.