The United States McCraw
~ The USMFA Carol McCraw Award of Merit ~
In September, 2019, the U.S. McCraw Family Association Board of Directors established an award honoring the late Carol McCune McCraw, chief author of the massive It Is McCraw Not McCraw work of genealogy. The board voted Carol the first recipient (posthumously) of the new award that bears her name: "The USMFA Carol McCraw Award of Merit." This award will be given at each biennial Reunion meeting to honor family members who have made significant contributions to our association or to society as a whole. Award recipients receive free Reunion registration. Nominations for the new award will be open for 2022 after the Fairhope, Alabama, Reunion.
Award guidelines are as follows:
The Secretary shall circulate the nomination forms to the board before the January 15th immediately preceding the biannual reunion. If there is only one nomination, then the board shall vote yes or no and the award will be granted upon a majority vote. If there are more than one nomination, the board members shall rank their choices as first, second, third and so on. The Secretary shall then tally an average score for each nominee based on the number of votes. The nominee with the highest score shall then be presented to the board for a yes/no vote. In either circumstance, if a nominee fails to receive a majority vote from the board, then no award shall be given during that reunion cycle. Should a nominee be an immediate family member of a then sitting board member, then that board member shall recuse themself from voting for that candidate.
Selected USMFA award recipients will be sent a letter of notification regarding their selection as a award recipient. USMFA award recipients will be honored publicly during the banquet at the bi-annual family reunion. If the honoree is unable to attend, he/she will be given the option to secure a representative to receive the award in his/her stead.
In addition to the award, the honoree or their designee shall be granted ONE complimentary registration for that years reunion where they will be honored. The total cost for the award together with the registration fee shall not exceed $250.00
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