ACA Seeks Unit Award Nominations and Audits

The deadline for nominations to recognize unit leaders for their contributions is March 15, 2018.

2/8/2018 7:00:00 PM

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Each year, ACA International recognizes the accomplishments of its affiliated state and regional collectors associations (units) at the association’s convention and in Collector magazine.

The unit honors, which include the Unit Leader of the Year Award and the Unit Certificate of Excellence, recognize accomplishments during the calendar year. Nominations and audits for accomplishments during the Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2017, year are due March 15, 2018.

The Unit Leader of the Year Award recognizes the member who has made the most outstanding contribution to his or her unit during the past one to two years. Unit officers and directors, the ACA International Council of Delegates and the Board of Directors may submit 2017 nomination forms by March 15, 2018.

A selection panel of active unit leaders, appointed annually by ACA’s president, chooses the recipients. It is not mandatory for panelists to bestow an award but they are limited to choosing one finalist in each of four size categories based on the number of unit members: 35 members and under; 36-65 members; 66-100 members; and 101 members or more.

The Unit Certificate of Excellence recognizes units committed to excellence in local operations. It provides a self-audit tool for evaluation and is intended to spark dialogue within units about what components make up an “excellent” unit.

The program is for all units, regardless of size. Units numbering as few as 26 members to more than 200 members have earned certificates in the past. Units are urged to submit a 2017 audit by March 15, 2018, for certificate consideration, though participation is voluntary. Ask your unit’s president about your state association’s participation.

Some units find it helpful to use the audit as a unit/board development guide throughout the year. The audit form can be requested anytime or downloaded from ACA’s website by logging in and selecting About > Member Awards > Unit Honors.

On the honor system, unit presidents or their designees, assign and tally points to complete the audit for 2017 unit accomplishments. The categories are communications, education, government affairs, membership and general operations. Although a minimum of 60 percent of total points is required, individual unit scores are not disclosed.

The 2017 Unit Leader of the Year Award will be presented at the July 2018 ACA Annual Convention in Nashville and will be published in Collector. Units earning a 2017 Unit Certificate of Excellence will also be announced in Collector.

For more information or to request forms, contact ACA’s Vice President of State Government Affairs and Unit Affairs Andrew Madden at (202) 547-2681 or madden@acainternational.org.

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