Exerpted from my speech from the 2013 Inkwell Awards live awards ceremony at Heroes Con, June 8, 2013:
We have two Special Recognition awards to announce this year. It is very challenging to get volunteers every year for our separate and independent Nomination Committee so we added an incentive. For those members who return to serve for five years we offer one of our special silver inkwell trophies. This year the first recipient of this is the former associate director of the Joe Schuster Awards, Robert Haines. Robert is not here today but I will make sure that he get’s his deserved award. <I don’t have any photos of Robert and haven’t heard from him yet>
The other recipient was a special member of the team. Stacey Aragon starting out as a contributor back in 2009 handling our social networks and assisting with fundraising. In 2011 she agreed to join the core committee and took on such duties as updating our site’s Inking Resources section, she was our first Nomination Committee Liaison, adding more volunteers to that group than almost anyone else previously, and became our Volunteer Network Coordinator which set up volunteers at shows that we didn’t officially attend and communicated with the artist guests of those shows in advance to request donations. She was even in the early stages of developing a multi-tiered membership program. These positions sadly came to a temporary halt with her departure in the summer of last year due to personal matters and a serious health status. Stacey was debatably the most ambitious, multi-faceted and professional member that I have ever had on the team, setting a high bar for excellence. So like the many dedicated core committee members before her who retired on good standing, we present the silver inkwell to her and her exceptional performance.