by Nola McKinney

Time's flying; I can't believe it's almost spring already! I know you've all paid your dues, gone to all your chapter and state ACB meetings, and been busy helping with fund-raisers and advocacy projects. I also know that you think of yourself as a pretty good member of the greatest blindness organization in the world. But have you written your letter of nomination to the awards committee yet?

I reminded you with an article in the November issue. Do you recall it? I asked you to read the descriptions of all the awards carefully and find the person you admire to fit the description. I begged you to send that nominating letter to the awards committee, in care of the national office in Washington, D.C. This is your second reminder. Please read the descriptions below and write that letter of nomination 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 2007-2008 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.

Letters must be in by May 1, 2008. Send them to: ACB Awards Committee, c/o American Council of the Blind, 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1004, Washington, DC 20005. Please hurry; the awards committee needs those letters to do our jobs. See you in Louisville!

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