Communities strengthened by dancing, singing, and making music together
Seeking Nominations for 
2020 Lifetime Contribution Award

Dear CDSS members and friends,

How does CDSS find the recipients of the Lifetime Contribution Award?  Through the help of members like you, so 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.

This year that submission process will utilize Survey Monkey as the way to collect information about candidates.  The selection committee is hopeful that this new procedure will help us evaluate candidates in a more uniform and fair fashion.  Submissions submitted in previous years have automatically been added in the new format. The link to our Survey Monkey for new submissions is

Submit Nominations by March 14th
The deadline for recommendations for the 2019 Lifetime Contribution Award is  March 14, 2019 .

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 highlight the person's significant accomplishments, innovations and examples of leadership. The Awards Committee may not know the person you are recommending so this is the type of information that would help us get to know her or him. Please see our website for examples .  

We also want to know if you would be willing to ensure the organization of an award event, or to organize it yourself, if the person you recommend should receive the LCA for 2020. If you are not able to do it, please include the name(s) and contact info for people who will do the organizing. Award events are organized in conjunction with CDSS.  

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 2019 and submit our recommendation to the CDSS Governing Board for its decision. Thank you for providing informative, thoughtful recommendations.

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 and John Ramsey
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
2019 - Sue Songer

To read more about past recipients,  please see our website

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