Nomination Deadline Approaching for ARRL International Humanitarian Award
The deadline to nominate an amateur or group of amateurs for the 2011 ARRL International Humanitarian Award is coming up -- December 31, 2011. This award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.
As one of the few telecommunication services that allows people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with each other, Amateur Radio spreads goodwill across political boundaries. The ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes the Amateur Radio Service’s unique role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly provide to people in need.
Nominations should include a summary of the nominee’s actions that qualify the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, or a local or state emergency management agency) that benefited from the nominee’s particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the names and addresses of all references.
A committee appointed by the League’s President recommends the award recipient(s) to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.
Ron Tomo, KE2UK, of North Bellmore, New York, received the 2010 ARRL International Humanitarian Award. The ARRL Board of Directors found that Tomo’s life exemplified public service through Amateur Radio, from providing phone patches during the Vietnam War to providing communications support during 9/11 with MARS and the United States Service Command, as well as playing a pivotal role during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita while serving in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Communications Officer.
All nominations and supporting materials for the 2011 ARRL International Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA. Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2011. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee may determine a recipient or decide to make no award. The winner of the ARRL International Humanitarian Award receives an engraved plaque and a profile in QST and other ARRL venues.