The Yvonne Porcella Volunteer of the Year Awards
The dedication and efforts of ALL our volunteers have made a significant impact in making SAQA such a unique and vibrant organization.
SAQA, as a non-profit, relies on the generous gifts of time and talents from many, many volunteers to carry out our mission. The board and staff would like to publically acknowledge and thank our most dedicated volunteers. In 2015, a new program was created with the first set of winners recognized at the 2016 conference.
Each year, we accept nominations for the Volunteer of the Year awards. The first category of awards is given to the outstanding Rep (or Co-Reps). The second category goes to volunteers serving in all other capacities. Board members and staff are not eligible as they vote for the winners.
Nominees for Outstanding Rep/Co-Rep:
Maggie Vanderweit, Central Canada
Christine Seager, Europe/Middle East
Ellen Lindner & Karol Kusmaul, Florida
Carol Kimble, Montana/Idaho
Karen Hansen & Mary Kay Fosnacht, Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma
Julia Graber, Arkansas/Alabama/Louisiana/Mississippi
Susie Goodman & Lisa Dodson, Indiana
Sonja Campbell, Northern California/Northern Nevada
Nominees for Volunteer (non-Rep):
Nancy Turbitt, Massachusetts/Rhode Island
Linda Syverson Guild, Maryland/District of Columbia/West Virginia
Sandy Snowden, Europe/Middle East
Maya Schonenberger, Florida
Shoshi Rimer, Europe/Middle East
Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix, Europe/Middle East
Jennifer Landau, Northern California/Northern Nevada
Betty Busby, New Mexico
Congratulations to the 2018 Volunteers of the Year!
Betty Busby (Regional Exhibition Coordinator)
Outstanding Rep / Co-Rep:
Ellen Lindner and Karol Kusmaul (Florida Co-Reps)
The awards will include a recognition certificate and a $100 gift certificate for the SAQA Store. This can be used for membership fees, entry fees, conference fees, auction quilts, or any item for sale.
Thank you to our winners and all our volunteers for everything you do to support SAQA and promote the art quilt!
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer these suggestions as our members think about their potential nominees:
• Goes above and beyond expectations
• Puts in countless hours
• Always represents SAQA well
• Demonstrates exemplary performance in achieving responsibilities
• Provided a “save the day” moment
• Actions resulted in significant improvement to or impact on the organization
• Has volunteered for many years
Any member can nominate a volunteer. Volunteers may also be nominated within a year of stepping down from a volunteer position. Nominees will be featured in upcoming issues of the SAQA Journal and other communication channels.