Several awards are given out at the NYSFOLA annual conference.
This award seeks to recognize outstanding journalism that has promoted lake stewardship and has brought attention to issues and potential problems involving New York State lakes or their watersheds, including but not limited to stories featuring:
- Harmful algal blooms
- Impacts of development on water quality
- Dam Safety
- Aquatic Invasive Species
- Watershed management and non-point pollution
- Boating and boating safety
- Government Issues
For additional information, including how to apply for this award, please contact Jan Shields, chairman of the Media Committee, at email@example.com or NYSFOLA Manager Nancy Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter your Association’s publication in this year’s NYSOFLA conference newsletter contest
Don’t forget to bring copies of your lake association’s most recent newsletter(s) to the annual conference. The Media Team will be on hand to award first and second place prizes for outstanding publications in the following categories: small, medium and large-sized lake associations. Here’s the criteria the judges will be using in making their selections:
- Overall appearance (layout is easy to read & visually attractive)
- Use of color in text (one or four color)
- Contains photographs or graphics (B/W or full color)
- Publication information (name of editor, co-editor, issue number or date, etc.)
- President’s message or greeting
- Committee reports (summaries of what's going on within committees/action being taken)
- Articles or features by individual contributors (can include reports by officers)
- Newsletter includes the following elements: masthead; mission statement; table of contents; list of officers; and calendar of events
When you arrive at the White Eagle Conference Appley Center, leave a copy (or copies) of your association’s publication at the conference registration table and indicate that you’d like to enter it in the newsletter contest. Judging will take place Saturday afternoon. If you are unable to attend the conference, lake associations can still participate by forwarding copies of their publications to the NYSFOLA office. Please write Newsletter Contest Entry on your envelope. Thanks!
Please note: These guidelines are to be used for the purposes of this contest only. While full color publications are desirable, content will nearly always trumps fancy bells & whistles. Use of color will not be the determining factor in selecting a winner. The overall aim is to produce a newsletter that is informative, interesting and educational, something that members will peruse at the very least and read in its entirety at best. If it contains pertinent news about the lake and its residents, it most likely will end up being held onto until the next issue is published. Advertising to offset the cost of newsletter production and mailing will not be a selection factor however it should not be obtrusive or detract from the publication's readability.
Lake Steward Award
The Lake Steward Award is presented each year to a lake association volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for his/her lake association. Nominations can be sent to the NYSFOLA office throughout the year. Awards are presented at the Annual Conference banquet.
Submit a description of the nominee's contributions to Nancy Mueller, Manager, NYS FOLA, PO Box 84, LaFayette, NY 10384 or via email at email@example.com no later than March 31st.
Lake Tear of the Clouds Award
The Lake Tear of the Clouds Award is NYSFOLA’s highest honor. This award, named for the “highest” lake in the state, is awarded when appropriate (and often without prior notification) to a person who has shown the highest dedication to lakes and watersheds, assisted NYSFOLA in its mission and produced exceptional performance in his or her field of endeavor.
1996 - NYS Governor George Pataki
1997 - Lyle S. Raymond, Cornell Cooperative Extension at Cornell University
1998 - U.S. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert
1999 - Steve LaMere, Adirondack Ecologists
2000 - Donald Keppel, Findley Lake Association, NYSFOLA Treasurer
2001 - Scott Kishbaugh, NYS DEC Division of Water
2002 - Mary Arthur Beebe, Lake George Association
2003 - U.S. Congressman James Walsh
2004 - Dean Long, NYSFOLA Board of Directors and Dr. Willard Harman, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station
2005 - Robert Johnson, Cornell University
2006 - Robert D. Hennigan, Professor Emeritus, SUNY ESF
2007 - Dr. Steven W. Effler, Upstate Freshwater Institute
2008 - Dr. Bruce Gilman, Community College of the Finger Lakes
2009 - David Wright, Esq. - NYSFOLA General Counsel
2010 - Scott Kishbaugh, NYS DEC Division of Water
2011 - Bob Rosati, Melody Lake Association, NYSFOLA BOD
2012 - Nancy Mueller, NYSFOLA Manager & Assistant CSLAP Coordinator
2013 - Paul Lord, Otsego Lake Association, SUNY Oneonta
2014 - Dr. Jay Bloomfield, NYS DEC Division of Water
2015 - Dr. Gregory Boyer, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
2016 - MaryGail Perkins, Upstate Freshwater Institute