The Wildlife Society (TWS) Distinguished Service Award recognizes TWS members who have made a long-term commitment to the Society based on at least 20 years of membership and their actions to further the mission of the Society. The member is someone who is/was “always there” and could be counted on to serve the chapter, section, or international organization. Since recipients are selected by the Sections, the Distinguished Service Award provides an opportunity to recognize dedicated individuals who have provided exceptional service primarily to Chapters and/or Sections.
The award was originally envisioned to be a late career recognition award that recognizes individuals who have worked throughout their careers in a variety of ways to further the mission of the Society but have not been previously recognized with other TWS awards. The nominee should be someone who is/was “always there” and could be counted on to serve the Chapter, Section or the Society.
Recipients are selected by the Sections and only one Distinguished Service Award will be awarded per Section per year. Since recipients are selected by the Sections, the Distinguished Service Award provides an opportunity to recognize dedicated individuals who have provided exceptional service primarily to Chapters and/or Sections by emphasizing a person’s contributions to TWS at other than the Society level.
The recipient receives an award lapel pin and certificate during the Awards Ceremony at the TWS Annual Conference.
Nominees must have been a member of The Wildlife Society (main, international organization) for at least 20 years. If membership is not continuous, evidence of membership longevity must be provided. The intent is to recognize candidates while they are still active TWS members.
Nominees must have served TWS in such a way that furthers the goals of TWS. Examples of service are Chapter, Section, or the Society Board member or Officer; served in a significant manner to keep a Chapter active or to reactivate a Chapter; consistent attendance at Chapter meetings; dependable member to support Chapter, Section and/or international activities such as review of EIS reports, position statements, etc.; Chapter, Section or the Society committee chairperson or member; assist or organize Chapter, Section, or international conferences or special meetings, programs, training seminars, etc.; editor, associate editor, author or coauthor of TWS publications; as appropriate, testify at hearings, etc. Basically, a collective commitment to TWS goals and activities. The relative weighting of these activities may vary by Section and further information may be obtained from the executive committee of the nominee’s Section.
Members who have previously been recognized as TWS Fellows are not eligible for the Distinguished Service Award.
Any TWS member or members of Chapters or Sections may submit nominations or self-nominations.
- Nomination Narrative – a one-page nomination statement that clearly outlines the nominee’s long-term contributions to TWS.
- Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
- Letters of endorsement from three supporters.
Nomination packets must be submitted via email to the executive committee of the nominee’s Section by April 1 at 11:59 PM ET. The deadline for Sections to uploaded nomination materials via the online nominations system is May 1 at 11:59 PM ET.
For questions related to TWS Awards please email, email@example.com.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Central Mountains and Plains Section: Rick Warhurst
Central Mountains and Plains Section: Leonard McDaniel
Central Mountains and Plains Section: Greg Schenbeck
Western Section: Karen Swaim
Central Mountains and Plains Section: Jim Hays
Western Section: Reginald H. Barrett
Western Section: Cynthia G. Perrine
Canadian Section: Robert E. Jones
Northeast Section: Jerry R. Longcore
Canadian Section: Elston H. Dzus
Northwest Section: Blake Murden
Southeastern Section: Stephen V. Rockwood
Southwest Section: Brian L. Hanson
Western Section: William G. Standley
Southeastern Section: Randy Spencer
Canadian Section: Lu Carbyn
Northeast Section: Justin Vreeland
Northwest Section: Warren Aney
Western Section: Jon Hooper
Southeastern Section: Frank Boyd
Canadian Section: George J. Mitchell
Northeast Section: Jerry D. Hassinger
Northwest Section: Ellen Campbell
Central Mountains and Plains Section: Robert D. Wood
Western Section: Bradley Valentine
Southwest Section: Terry L. Blankenship
Canadian Section: Larry Bidlake
Central Mountains and Plains Section: Carl Wolfe
Northeast Section: Ted Nichols
North Central Section: Keith McCaffery
Southwest Section: William Burger
Western Section: Mike Chapel
Canadian Section: Bill Samuel
Central Mountains and Plains Section: Del Benson
Northeast Section: Robert Brooks
Northwest Section: Charlie Bruce
Southeastern Section: Ed Hackett
Southwest Section: Frank Baucom
Western Section: Marshall White