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In 1981, at the 5th World Conference in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, a special award was introduced as a way to honor two volunteer leaders each year who demonstrated exemplary dedication and loyalty to Friendship Force and its goals. Later, in 1987, at the 11th World Conference in Richmond, Virginia, USA, awards to recognize the support provided by our network of clubs around the world were given for the first time.
Over the years, we added on different award categories which allowed us to recognize more of our members and clubs but they ended up complicating the process. There were also times when we lacked nominees for some of the award categories. Both of these issues are why we decided to get back to the basics and simplify the awards process.
We want to make sure that our members and clubs are recognized for their outstanding service to the mission of Friendship Force on a regular basis. To help do this, we’ve instituted new award categories, which are:
Club of the Year by Region
Volunteer of the Year by Region
Regions are defined as: Asia, Europe/Eurasia, Latin America/Caribbean, Mid-East/Africa, North America-Canada, North America-USA, and South Pacific.
For the 2019 FFI Awards Process, winners will be selected by region using the selection criteria. From those regional winners, overall winners will be chosen. This process begins in November, when all members receive the online Call for Nominations form from FFI Headquarters. The deadline to submit the form to FFI is January 15. By February 15, Regional Winners will be determined by the established selection committees as defined below and they will be recognized in March. The regional winners will then be considered for the Outstanding Club and Volunteer of the Year, which will be recognized at the 2019 World Conference in Boulder, Colorado, in July.
- Regional Selection Committee: A team of FFI staff, Field Representatives, and other regional leaders will create regional selection committees based on regional leadership. These committees will review the nominations and select winners in their regions using the selection criteria. Current Field Representatives, and other key leaders will serve on these initial regional committees.
- International Selection Committee: A team of FFI staff, Field Representatives, and other key volunteer leaders from around the world will then select the outstanding recipients from among those regional winners.
- For clubs: Over the past two years, this club will have shown exemplary work across a broad spectrum of activities (such as innovative programming, club revitalization, marketing and public relations, etc.) that resulted in membership growth and diversity, successful Journeys, outreach to home and visiting communities, and visibility of FFI activities.
- For volunteers: Over the past two years, this member will have shown exemplary work across a broad spectrum of activities (such as innovative programming, club revitalization, marketing and public relations, etc.) that resulted in membership growth and diversity, successful Journeys, outreach to home and visiting communities, and visibility of FFI activities.
In addition to the awards already outlined, the Call for Nominations form also includes an opportunity to nominate a Friendship Force Member for the FFI Lifetime Achievement Award. This nominee should be someone who has supported Friendship Force in a variety of ways over the years, both within and outside their club’s activities. Whether through direct support of Journeys, exceptional club leadership, or embodiment of the Friendship Force mission in their everyday lives.
Moving forward, we encourage all of our regions around the world to recognize those valuable contributions of clubs and members at both the local level and also at regional meetings and national conferences. Our hope is that the changes indicated here will result in an improved, more inclusive volunteer recognition process for 2019 and beyond.
In addition to the online nomination form, if you have other materials to provide as supporting evidence for your nomination(s), please submit them to [email protected]. Feel free to contact us at that same email address with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for all that you do for your club and Friendship Force as a whole! We appreciate your participation in furthering our mission.