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    The Awards Committee manages the awards process for District 13. Recognition of an Auxiliarist's service, through the effective presentation of timely and appropriate awards, is essential to the success of the Auxiliary. We track and manage the formal awards process.

    Our Main Tasks and Programs

    Recognition and Thanks in the Auxiliary

    Recognition starts with you! "Love Them or Lose Them" - Burn that into your brain. "Love Them or Lose Them." That's the mantra of a volunteer organization. In fact, it's a mantra of good corporations and even the US Military. That's the reality a good unit leader understands in his/her bones.

    What can you do?

    Let people know their contributions are valued.
    1. Read Chapter 11 Auxiliarist Recognition/Awards in AuxMan.
    2. See the Awards Primer and the District 13 Awards document.
    3. Submit members for awards. Use the Awards Worksheet to gather award information for a member or group.
    4. Take the time to present awards respectfully.

    In the Auxiliary, awards cannot be another item on a harried unit-leader's "to-do when I get a chance" list. It has to be an integral and systematic part of the routine of managing your unit.

    Recognition can come in the form of verbal praise, or tangible items such as an award certificate, coin, medal, letter of commendation, or plaque. There are ways to recognize both individual and group efforts.

    Let's talk about presenting awards. The presentation of an award is an important part of achieving an award. The award itself is a vehicle, a reason to single out, for recognition and praise, a member of our volunteer Auxiliary.

    How many have experienced any of these:

    "Hey Joe, I think you received some another award of some kind but I forgot the package on my desk at home. You get lots of awards so I'll just mail it to you."

    OR  At the unit meeting, after calling the recipients up to receive their award: "Let's see here, this award has something to do with achievement or something. Heck, you guys know what it's for anyway so I'm not going to read this whole citation. Let's see... blah, blah, blah... oh yeah, this is for that oil spill thing, last month. Just grab a ribbon so we can get out of here."

    OR the member who asks at a meeting: "I heard that I might have won an award at the District meeting but I wasn't there. Can you tell me about that?"  To be answered with: "Yeah, I think I remember that. I guess they'll eventually get it sent to me and I'll get it to you somehow. Ask me next month"

    OR  "What another one? You must have connections!"

    OR  "Now we have to go through all of these awards and we're going to be here all night. How about we skip it and I'll send them to you?" 

    We may make it into a joke, but it feels lousy. And members vote with their feet. How an award is presented matters. Recognition in front of your fellow members is part of the purpose and goodness of awards.

    Unit leaders and officers:

    • Present awards to members with great pride and praise. It's to your advantage, as it pays big dividends in retention and enthusiasm. A single award can and should be awarded multiple times. 
    • Shake hands, congratulate and thank your awardees. Try to remember how excited you were when you received that first award. Make an awardees experience a special event.
    • Make sure your PA and PB are in the loop. Ask for their help in promoting awards - it's news! Take pictures, write award stories and add them to websites and newlettters.

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