Recognizing volunteers for
what they do is a highly desirable and important thing to do, as surely everyone
Year in and year out,
members of the RAC Field Services go about their duties and responsibilities,
often with little credit for what they do.
That isnít to say that
the rest of us donít care, but perhaps weíre just careless about saying
ďthanks!Ē or ďwell doneĒ, words and phrases that can never be spoken too
many times or heard too often. Itís
not unusual for people to take things for granted and to just accept them as
being as certain as the sun rising each day.
However, itís not a good way to treat or keep invaluable volunteers.
So, letís do something
tangible about it. Letís show
recognition of our peers, by their peers Ė that means each of you, on both
counts Ė by instituting an annual award thatís both meaningful and fun.
Here are the guidelines.
Anyone who was a RAC member and an appointed or elected member of the RAC
Field Services during 2006 is eligible for nomination.
Nominees shall not have held both an elected and an appointed FS position
at the same time. For the year of
nomination (in this case 2006), nominees will have been RAC members, in good
standing, for the entire year.
Remember, the FS includes the ARES, NTS, OOS and the OBS.
(If you donít know what those letters mean, shame on you.
for an explanation.) With the
exception of AECs, nominators need not be part of the same area of the FS as the
one being nominated. For example,
FS volunteers who are in the NTS may name a qualified nominee in the OBS and
vice-versa. AECs may nominate only
other members of the ARES and must do so in accordance with rule #3.
Nominations must be made by no less than three other active members of
the FS, at least one of whom must also be a RAC member.
Full contact information must be included for all nominators; i.e. call
sign, mailing address, telephone, FS position and email address. Only one
nomination may be made by the same nominators for any given year. The Vice
President for Field Services (VPFS) may not be a nominee or a nominator, nor may
any other member of the RAC Executive or of the RAC Board.
Nominations must be submitted in written/printed form, preferably by
Internet email document attachment in either English or French.
Nominations may not exceed 750 words in length, not including a
reasonable amount of supporting documentation such as newspaper or website
accounts, photos, written testimonials from the public and/or the Amateur Radio
community, letter from his/her mother, etc.
Where necessary, such supporting documentation may be submitted by postal
mail or by facsimile to the VPFS. See
TCA for email and postal mail addresses and FAX number.
A head and shoulders photo of the nominee, preferably in electronic form,
shall be submitted.
Nominations must include reasons why the nominee should be considered for
the FS Volunteer of the Year award. Specific
examples of remarkable inventiveness, team-building, service to the public/
Amateur Radio community, outstanding dedication to his/her position, or other
note-worthy actions pertinent to the FS and as a FS volunteer
should be cited.
Deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2006 award is 1600HRS (4 pm)
EST, March 5, 2007. All nominations
must be in the hands of the VPFS by that date and time.
Nominations will be judged on their own merit by a panel to be formed by
and including the VPFS, and in accordance with the requisites indicated in these
rules. The panelís decision shall be final.
The nominee judged as the winner will receive a plaque and/or a
certificate, at the discretion of the VPFS.
The identity of the winner, as well as his/her photo, will appear in TCA
and/or on the RAC website.
No award will be made and no
winner named for a given year if, in the panelís judgement, no received
nomination meets the necessary requirements for that year.
There will be no ďautomaticĒ winner based solely on the fact that
only one nomination is received.
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