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Much-needed changes allowed for more affiliates to be recognized with the 2015 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards at the 2016 Council Presidents’ Seminar.


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ouncil and chapter leaders submitted a record number of entries for the 2015 Col.


Marvin J. Harris Communications Award Contest, thanks to new judging criteria and a streamlined electronic submission process. Under the new measures, council and chapter communication ef- forts now are evaluated according to a standard set of objective and subjective criteria — the same way councils and chapters are judged during MOAA’s Levels of Excel- lence Award Contest.


“We needed to change the con-


test because we noticed the same group of councils and chapters were winning awards year after year,” says Council and Chapter Affairs Di- rector Col. Barry Wright, USA (Ret). “Now we’re able to recognize any af- filiate whose communication efforts meet or exceed an established high standard. Many of our affiliates do a great job communicating with their members, and this year’s contest re- sults reflect that.”


Affiliates competed in two catego- ries of competition: newsletters (both


print and email) and websites. Coun- cils and chapters whose communica- tion efforts went above and beyond established standards received extra credit; extra points in the newsletter category were awarded to affiliates who published their own member- ship directory, legislative advocacy materials, or recruiting materials. In the websites category, extra points were awarded to affiliates who com- municated with their members via email networks or social media. All told, 77 councils and chapters


MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret), middle row center, joins 2015 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award winners, front row, from left: Lt. Col. Jim Harbison, USA (Ret); Joyce Harte; Anne Hartline; Col. Ted Janosko, USA (Ret); Lt. Col. Robert Cudworth, USA (Ret); Maj. Scott Markle, USAF (Ret); Col. Rusty Armstrong, USAR (Ret); Capt. Doug Ehrhardt, USN (Ret); Lt. Col. Shelly Kalkowski, USAF (Ret); Col. Ben Margolius, USA (Ret); middle row, from left: Col. Ron Perkins, USAF (Ret); Col. Deryl McCarty, USAF (Ret); Col. Anthony Pimentel, USAF (Ret); Col. Dennis Crouch, USAF (Ret); Col. Al Diaz, USA (Ret); Atkins; Brig. Gen. John Ma, USAR (Ret); Col. Dan Donovan, USAF (Ret); Lt. Col. Larry Petrash, USA (Ret); Col. Mayo Hadden, USA (Ret); back row, from left: Col. Danny Young, USA (Ret); Lt. Col. Rick Hahn, USA (Ret); Col. Dave Beranek, USAR (Ret); Col. David Lobb, USA (Ret); Capt. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret); Maj. Joe Phillips, USA (Ret); Col. Steve Turner, USAF (Ret); and Col. Dave Lay, USAF (Ret).


received five-star awards for their exemplary communication efforts, and 45 councils and chapters received four-star awards for their outstanding efforts. Col. Kerry Green, USAF (Ret), editor of the Alamo (Texas) Chapter’s newsletter, The Lariat, received the highest score in the newsletter cat- egory. Entries in the website category also were strong, with many affiliates receiving five-star awards. Webmas- ter Lt. George Wright, USN (Ret), received the highest score in the web- sites category for the Star Spangled Banner (Md.) Chapter’s website (www.starspan.org). To view the list of winners, visit


www.moaa.org/communicationa wards. Congratulations to MOAA’s top communicators! MO


— Contributors are Col. Barry Wright, USA (Ret), director, Council and Chapter Affairs; Col. Brian Anderson, USAF (Ret), deputy director; and Kris Ann Hegle. For submission information, see page 6.


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PHOTO: STEVE BARRETT


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