This award is totally coordinated and funded by former District Governors. The award is usually presented annually at the July Leadership Conference. The award is also known as “The Volunteer of the Year” award. The call for nominations is usually sent out in April/May. The call for nominations/judging chairman is the three-years-removed Governor. The judging committee is composed of a minimum of five past governors to be determined by the nominations/judging chairman. Nominations are sent to all former governors, state directors, presidents and officers. The verbal presentation is made by the former Governor four years removed. The mirrored, beveled glass award was first commissioned by Governor George Waldron. The traditional style of the award is mirrored glass with the winner’s name engraved on it. The award is mirrored so the winner may look at it and see the reflection of the perfect volunteer. Former winners, former governors and all incumbent district officers and presidents are not eligible for the award. The award was purposefully founded to honor the work of a “volunteer” who is not currently an officer/president.
The Governors’ Award was established in October 1985. A list of previous winners is included in the District 7 directory, annually.
Please send nominations letter, detailing the nominee’s accomplishments and involvement, directly to Teresa Treadway, Past Governor.
1986 DeStephenson Fluker, Central Georgia Ad Federation
1987 Cece Hylton, Advertising Federation of Greater Mobile
1988 Rikki Boyce, Memphis Advertising Federation
1989 Nancy Hoover, Chattanooga Advertising Federation
1990 Betty Heard, Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation
1991 Bettie Hudgens, Advertising Fed. of Greater Mobile
1993 Bud Chamberlain, Nashville Advertising Federation
1994 Susan Richards Tucker, Tuscaloosa Advertising Fed.
1995 Renny Sherman, Nashville Advertising Federation
1996 Michele Massey, Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation
1997 Ann Halpern, Birmingham Advertising Federation
1998 Judy Whitcomb, Golden Triangle Advertising Fed.
1999 Pat Hartman, Advertising Fed. of Greater Mobile
2001 Kathy Hoskins, Advertising Fed. of Central Georgia
2002 Jeff English, AAF Baton Rouge
2003 Kendra Kimmons, AAF Baton Rouge
2004 Donovan Grettner, Acadiana Advertising Federation
2005 Carrie Alderfer, Tennessee Valley Advertising Fed.
2006 Amanda Fontaine, Jackson Advertising Federation
2007 Dawn Reeves, Birmingham Advertising Federation
2008 Kim Dowdy, AAF Mississippi Delta
2009 Michael Strickler, AAF Mobile Bay
2010 Saundra Lane, AAF Baton Rouge
2011 David Jacobs, AAF Knoxville
2012 Elizabeth Zupkow, AAF Central Georgia
2013 Lucy Arnold Sikes, AAF Tuscaloosa
2014 Leigh Farrior, AAF Montgomery
2015 Jessica Stanford, AAF Augusta
2016 Becky White, AAF Jackson
2017 Tabitha Bostick, AAF Tuscaloosa
2019 Julie Mann, AAF Tuscaloosa