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Recommendations Sought for
2019 Lifetime Contribution Award

Dear CDSS members and friends,

Your help is needed! Do you know someone who has made a long term and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS? Has this contribution benefited more than one geographical area and/or generation? Has he or she worked in conjunction with CDSS for more than 20 years? If the answer is "yes" to all of these, then you may know a future recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award (LCA)

Examples of a significant contribution include: increasing the quality of what we do by inspiration, instruction or excellent example; bringing what we do to new communities; expanding the repertoire of dance, music and/or song through scholarship or original composition; working behind the scenes or enabling others to make these contributions.


Recommendations for the 2019 Lifetime Contribution Award must be received by  MARCH 10, 2018. Send them to Awards Committee chair Mary Devlin,  mary@mdevlin.com

Your recommendation must include the name, address, phone number and email address of the person you are recommending as well as your own name and full contact information. Recommendations must be for living persons. Please be sure to include one page highlighting the person's significant accomplishments, innovations and examples of leadership. The Awards Committee may not know the person you are recommending. Here are examples of information that would help us get to know her or him: 
  • Major events involving your candidate, describing the nature of his/her involvement (example: 1994, Program Director, Pinewoods Early Music Week) 
  • Related organizations with which your candidate has been involved (example: CDS Boston Centre, Board 2004-2010, secretary 2007-2010; NEFFA Board, 2001-2004; PCI Board, 2010-present)
  • Candidate's significant publications and/or recordings
  • Description of how your candidate's work has benefited more than one generation (examples: X has taught dancing to children at Family Weeks and to seniors at Road Scholar (Elderhostel) events; Y's book of contra tunes has been in print for over 20 years and is a standard in the contra dance community)
  • Description of how your candidate's work benefited more than one geographical area (example: founded the San Francisco English Country Dance, later became involved with Boston's morris and sword community playing for teams throughout New England) 
We also must know if you will ensure the award event organization if the person you recommend should receive the LCA for 2019. If you can't, please include the name(s) and contact information for people who will do the organizing.

Past recipients of the Lifetime Contribution Award are:

2002 - Helene Cornelius
2003 - No award
2004 - Larry Jennings
2005 - Jack Langstaff
2006 - Fried de Metz Herman
2007 - Margot Gunzenhauser
2007 - Dudley Laufman
2007 - Pat Napier
2008 - Tony Barrand
2009 - Bob McQuillen
2009 - Chuck Ward
2010 - Tom Kruskal
2010 - John Ramsay
2011 - Bob Dalsemer
2012 - George Fogg
2013 - Glen and Judi Morningstar
2014 - Jim Morrison
2015 - Brad Foster
2016 - Jeff Warner
2017 - Sandy Bradley
2018 - Bill Alkire

To read more about past recipients,  please see our website

People recommended in prior years stay on the list for consideration until they receive the award (or are no longer with us). The Awards Committee will review new and existing recommendations in March 2018 and submit our recommendation to the CDSS Governing Board for its decision. Thank you for providing informative, thoughtful recommendations.

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