Call for 2011 Silva Award nominations

The Annual General Meeting of the United States Orienteering Federation will be held on Thursday, August 4th as part of OUSA’s Annual Convention held in conjunction with the Canal Cities Challenge in upstate New York. One of the highlights of the day’s (and night’s) activities will be the naming of the recipient of the Silva Award. It’s now time for the OUSA’s member clubs to determine whom they would like to nominate for this prestigious honor.

What is the Silva Award and who is eligible to win it?
...The Silva Award is given annually to an orienteer who, along with being a member of the OUSA, has demonstrated outstanding service to orienteering in the United States over the past five years. The recipient need not be a terrific orienteer, and orienteering skill is not considered in determining the award winner. The essential quality of every winner has been service to promoting and sustaining orienteering, to making the sport work in this country, and in helping to build the organizations needed to make orienteering successful. The only OUSA members who are not eligible to win the award are the five members of the OUSA’s Executive Committee (the President, the three Vice Presidents, and the Secretary) who will do the final voting.

Who may make a nomination for the Silva Award?.
..Each OUSA member club may make one nomination. In addition, each member of the OUSA’s Board of Directors may also submit a nomination.

What should a nomination contain?
...There is no required format youshould follow when making a nomination. However, should you choose tosubmit a nomination, please be as comprehensive as possible, as to whatyour nominee has done during the past five years, and why you feel these accomplishments are important and make the nominee worthy for the Silva Award. The information you provide is the information that will be presented to the OUSA Executive Committee, who will conduct a vote amongst its members to determine this year's winner.

What is the deadline for submitting a nomination?
...The deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday, July 10, 2011. However, it is alwaysappreciated if a club, or OUSA Board member, submitting a nomination does so in advance of that deadline. There will be just over three weeks between the published deadline to submit nominations, and the date of the presentation of the award. During that time, final voting must occuralong with all the preparation for presenting the award at the Annual General Meeting. If nominations have been submitted in advance of the published deadline, they can be formatted and ready to e-mail to the Executive Committee shortly after the nomination deadline passes. If a number of nominations aren't received until the night of July 10th, then an already tight time line gets stretched even tighter.

Can individual OUSA members submit a nomination?
...The answer is no. Any orienteer can prepare a nomination, but the actual submission must come from a OUSA club or member of the OUSA’s Board of Directors.

How exactly does a club submit a nomination?
...A club submits a nomination by having one of its officers or directors send it to me by e-mail [jonnash {at} juno {dot} com], indicating that they are a club official and the nomination being submitted is that of the club. Something along the lines of "As Secretary of XYZ Orienteering Club, I'd like to submit our club's Silva Award nomination" is fine.

If a club or OUSA Board of Directors member submitted a nomination last year, is it automatically carried over to this year?
...No, although clubs and OUSA Board members are certainly free to nominate the same USOF member that they did last year. (Updating a previously submitted nomination is fine; rewriting it from scratch is not necessary.)

Is a club limited to nominating one of its own members?
...No, clubs are free to nominate any USOF member belonging to any club.

Who are the previous Silva Award winners?
...List of previous Silva Award winners
Those of you recognizing some or all of the winner's names no doubt see that the contributions they have made have covered a wide spectrum. Some winners are associated more with club and regional activities. Others are more linked with national and international ones. Some were recognized for their contributions to an event, while others were chosen for theirwork with a project, program or the OUSA itself. Any and allcontributions to American orienteering may be considered.

Where should nominations be sent?...Nominations may be e-mailed to me at [jonnash {at} juno {dot} com]

Where should any questions be directed?...Questions can also be sent to me at [jonnash {at} juno {dot} com]

There are a lot of orienteers giving a lot of themselves to advance orienteering in this country. The Silva Award program is a wonderful way of honoring these people. We hope that you, and other members of your club, take part this year by submitting a nomination.

- Jon Nash
Silva Award Coordinator