President's Message for December 2013
And here we are again, with the end of one year in the rear view mirror and a new year on the horizon. It's time to enjoy and celebrate the achievements of the past 12 months; and time to look ahead and plan our next 12 months.
The CAOAC 2014 dues and insurance deadline is December 8th. This is also the annual CAOAC Pot-luck Holiday Party, and the last (Executive and General) meeting of the 2013 calendar year. Please plan to attend and bring a dish or dessert to share. The meeting is short and the wishes are happy and hearty!!
The CAOAC Award nominations for 2013 should be almost ready for submission. The deadline for Author Awards is December 8th. We have numerous deserving article writers in our clubs, and I would hope that they have been nominated for recognition. All other Award nominations may be submitted at any time, with a deadline of Sunday, February 9th, 2014. (Sound like a lot of time??? Not really!!! )
The 2013 CAOAC Newsletter Award submissions are due within the next 60 days, deadline of January 30th. Send your club's newsletters from 2013 (electronically) to email@example.com, with a note that they are for CAOAC Newsletter Award consideration. Also send a notice to Award Chair Peter Melady that your club has applied for the Award. It is that simple!!! Club Newsletters are the communication link from member to member and club to club. This Award is a token of recognition to those that care enough to spend time and effort for every club member's benefit: your club's Newsletter Editor.
The 2013 CAOAC Web Award is a review of each and all member club Websites. There is no need to apply for this award. All websites are evaluated in the month of January, unless your club opts out due to technical problems.
SO: There are a lot of snowflakes outside today… a perfect day to send out those 10 club newsletters for award consideration. The Newsletter Editor does a great job for 10 months of the year… and it will take only 10 minutes to nominate him/her for the Newsletter Recognition Award. It's electronic! It's simple!!
More snowflakes… a perfect day to gather documentation for a service award nomination by the club's Executive. There is at least one person in each club that deserves to be nominated and considered, and most clubs have several key individuals that have given time, effort, and energy to their club, the hobby, and/or CAOAC. Award nomination forms are on the website. Use them! It's fast and easy!
Think of your hobby and those that have given of their time to make it more enjoyable for everyone.
Happy Holidays! Enjoy the season and family and friends. Remember that time is the precious gift that no one can keep.