TIPS TO WRITING A GOOD OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD NOMINATION
The William J. Stephenson Outstanding Service Award is for contributions to speleology and the NSS in particular.
The nominee must be an NSS member for
at least the past two years. Please note that contributions to the NSS is
broadly defined as encompassing the many aspects of the NSSís interactions with
the membership, governmental agencies, land owners, education, et al. Service
is a multi-faceted attribute and review of the past recipients will illustrate
this. As one of the two highest awards given by the NSS, the
contributions should be over a period of time and usually include a body of
work. Your nomination letter should include details of the
nominee's contribution to the NSS. Please do not assume that "everyone"
knows your nominee and your nominee's merits. A good nomination letter should
give explicit details about what the member has done over the years to benefit
the society. The letter should be inclusive and filled with
cause and effect. Give details about what the member has done and how it
positively affected the NSS. The easiest way to obtain answers specific to
your questions about your nomination is to contact the sub-chairman.