by Nola McKinney
Time is flying, and the awards committee hasn't received many nominating letters yet. Come on, you know you've been meaning to write but have just been putting it off. Please don't procrastinate any longer -- the deadline is fast approaching. The committee needs time to make its decisions and order plaques. So please, hop to it! Get inspired and write that letter of nomination for one of the many awards today!
The Robert S. Bray Award is given to a person who has made a contribution for improving library technology or communication devices. It could also be given for expanding access for blind people, or making opportunities within the mainstream media.
The George Card Award is given to an individual who has dedicated his or her life to work with and for blind people, making a real difference and improving quality of life, for providing leadership and being a positive role model.
The Durward K. McDaniel Ambassador Award is one of our most popular awards. It is given in recognition of a blind person who may or may not be a member of a blindness organization but who has spent his or her life integrating with the community.
The James R. Olsen Distinguished Service Award is periodically given to individuals who have made important contributions which have advanced opportunities for the blind community. This award can be given to an individual or an organization.
The Affiliate Growth Award is based on the greatest increase in membership, as determined by the 2005-2006 membership reports.
The Affiliate Outreach Award is based on a recommendation by an affiliate president, which recognizes a local chapter for a new outreach program. This program must have a measurable outcome.
Remember, May 1 is the deadline. You know you've been meaning to nominate that special person for an award, so do it now. Send it to the awards committee, c/o ACB, 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1004, Washington, DC 20005. I'll be watching for your letters! See you in Jacksonville!