The Otis Dodge Award was established in March 1968 and is presented annually at the Spring Convention to recognize members of local clubs who have made significant contributions to the District.


The presentation is made by the Chairman (Immediate Past Governor). The call for nominations is distributed to all past governors, regional directors, current District officers, and current club presidents by the Chairman. A committee consisting of the Chairman, Governor, and Governor-Elect will review the nominations and determine the recipient. The award is presented to the recipient by the Chairman and includes a verbal history of the winner’s achievements. This award is normally a surprise to the winner. All members of the Executive Committee and past governors are excluded from receiving the award.


PREVIOUS WINNERS

1970 Annie-Claire Mote – Baton Rouge, LA

1971 Tom Buntin – Nashville, TN

1972 Martin Johnson – Mobile, AL

1973 Joel O. Swanson – Mobile, AL

1974 Willis Rogers – Birmingham, AL

1975 Jack Bolton – Atlanta, GA

1976 James M. Ward – Nashville, TN

1977 Russ Chappell – Tuscaloosa, AL

1978 Ron Council – Birmingham, AL

1979 Ron Hill – Atlanta, GA

1980 Jay Fields – Tri-City Metro, TN

1981 Arthur Curl – Birmingham, AL

1982 Dr. Bruce Roche – Tuscaloosa, AL

1983 J. Michael Gallagher – Nashville, TN

1984 George J. Waldron – Mobile, AL

1985 Jan Gardner – Memphis, TN

1986 Ron Thompson – New Orleans, LA

1987 Maggie Clark – Jackson, MS

1988 Arthur Baxter – Birmingham, AL

1989 Nancy Pitman – Dothan, AL

1990 Steve Newfield – Atlanta, GA

1991 Trena Packer Street – Memphis, TN

1992 Harry Hoile – Birmingham, AL

1993 Jim Wenthe – Milledgeville, GA

1994 Carolyn Salay – Montgomery, AL

1995 Charlie Malone – Clarkesville, TN

1996 Gerald Bower – Baton Rouge, LA

1997 Gus Wales – Baton Rouge, LA

1998 Lee Wenthe – Athens, GA

1999 Jake Smith – Jackson, MS

2000 Vicki Mills – Macon, GA

2001 Craig Harper – Memphis, TN

2002 Ann Halpern – Birmingham, AL

2003 Amy Bledsoe – Tri-City Metro, TN

2004 Laura Burton – Mobile, AL

2005 Elizabeth Perry – Baton Rouge, LA

2006 Mickey Woodham – Memphis, TN

2007 A.J. Busé – Nashville, TN

2008 Denise Ladner – Gulfport, MS

2009 Tim Templeton – Nashville, TN

2010 Chris Chamberlain – Nashville, TN

2011 Teresa Treadway – Johnson City, TN

2012 Sarah Jones – Mobile Bay, AL

2013 Ace Bourgeois – Baton Rouge, LA

2014 Mary Lee – Jackson, MS

2015 Susan Ewing – Memphis, TN

2016 Jeff Harrison – Gulfport, MS

2017 Karen Johnson – Jackson, MS

2018 Amy Riddle – Dothan, AL

2019 Christian Schmid – Johnson City, TN

2020 Jennifer Cooley – Mobile, AL

2021 Kristi Austin – Birmingham, AL