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SPECIAL ANNUAL AWARDS

Special-Annual-Awards for Kiting

Do you know someone in the kite community who should be recognized?

We are starting to collect nominations for the various awards the AKA hands out at the Annual Convention in October. Help us out and let us know who you think should be recognized. ( Link to Award Nomination Form)

These are the highest awards given by the our association, recognizing kitefliers who have made significant and inspirational contributions to the AKA and kiting in general. Many of these individuals have helped to shape the face of kiting in North America and around the world.

  • Presidential Awards
  • Volunteer of the Year

    Volunteer of the Year

  • Regional Director of the Year

    Regional Director of the Year

  • Kite Club of the Year

    Kite Club of the Year

  • Shining Star Award

    Shining Star Award

STEVE EDEIKEN KITEFLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Whereas Steve Edeiken was amongst the best loved, most respected and most active members of the American Kitefliers Association and, Whereas, Steve Edeiken died in a tragic kiting accident September 24, 1983; Therefore, the American Kitefliers Association does establish the ‘STEVE EDEIKEN MEMORIAL KITEFLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD”.

The award will be presented at the annual convention of the American Kitefliers Association (AKA) to a member who will be selected and announced as “The Kiteflier of the Year”. The recipient of the award will be presented a traveling trophy to be in possession of the recipient for one year being returned to AKA in time for the next annual convention.

The trophy will be inscribed with the name of each recipient, there being provision for at least twenty names thereon. The recipient will also receive a suitable plaque that will remain permanently in the possession of each recipient.

The Kiteflier of the Year will be a person who, during their lifetime, will have shown friendly, loving, fair, and even-handed concern for:

  • People in general, but kitefliers in particular.
  • Kiteflying in general, but for craftsmanship and technical developments in particular.
  • Communication in general, but for leading and participating in kite events in particular.

It is the opinion of the American Kitefliers Association that these criteria best exemplify the character of Steve Edeiken. The Selection Committee will weight their choice 25% to nominee’s activities during the latest twelve months and 75% to past activities.

The committee shall consist of seven members:

  1. Erin Edeiken>
  2. The current and two most recent past presidents of the AKA
  3. The three most recent past recipients of the award.

The Committee will be chaired by the current President of the AKA. Under no circumstances may any individual occupy more than one position or cast more than one vote on this committee.

Substitutions will take place as follows:

  1. In the event Erin Edeiken cannot or chooses not to participate in a given year, the president will appoint a well-respected substitute from the ranks of the membership.
  2. In the event that a past president is unavailable, ineligible or is the current president, the next preceding past president will substitute.
  3. In the event that a past recipient is unavailable, ineligible or already occupying a presidential seat on the committee, the next preceding past recipient will substitute.
  4. In the event that a vacancy still exists the President shall appoint a well-respected substitute from the ranks of the membership.
An invitation to nominate will be announced to the membership at large. A schedule for nominations and committee review will be designated by the chair in order to allow selection and an announcement during the annual convention.

Nominations will be accepted from members of the AKA and must be seconded and signed by (2) other AKA members. Members may submit or second only one nomination in any given year. Nominations shall be in writing, and include specific examples of the nominee’s kiting activities.

Each member of the committee shall rank the nominations in his/her preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) and return his/her ranking to the chairperson no later than one week prior to the first day of the convention. The chairperson shall total the place-finish numbers of the nominees. The selectee will be the nominee with the lowest number. In the event of a tie the chairperson shall cast a tie breaking vote. It is not necessary that this award be conferred every year if, in the judgment of the committee, no person nominated meets the standards for this award. 

The details of voting and the results thereof will be shared with the members of the committee prior to the inscription of the permanent and traveling trophies. The committee will not disclose the name of the selectee until the proper time. The details of voting will not be disseminated beyond the members of the committee. The final selection must be communicated to those with an organizational need to know, no later than three weeks before the first day of the convention.

At the proper time during the AKA national convention awards banquet, the chairperson or their designate will announce the names of the nominees and the selectee.

Recent Winners of the Steve Edeiken Kiteflier of the Year Award.

ROBERT M INGRAHAM VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Robert Ingraham founded the AKA in 1964. Until his passing in 1994 he was an avid kiteflier, kite maker, and above all, a promoter of the fellowship of kite flying. This award was originally given by Bob personally to outstanding kitefliers from the Southwest, and presented in Bob’s home town at the Silver City, New Mexico, kite festival. After Bob’s death the AKA decided to continue the tradition of presenting this award, but changed it to commemorate and honor the Founder of the AKA by presenting the award to:

Kitefliers, who, during their lifetime career in kiting, have exemplified outstanding volunteerism and service to the American Kitefliers Association, and, who, in the true spirit of Robert Ingraham, have given unselfishly of their time to help the AKA and promote kiting in general.

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The committee shall consist of seven members:

  1. The current and three most recent past presidents of the AKA
  2. The three most recent past recipients of the award.

The Committee will be chaired by the current President of the AKA. Under no circumstances may any individual occupy more than one position or cast more than one vote on this committee.

 

Substitutions will take place as follows:

  1. In the event that a past president is unavailable, ineligible or is the current president, the next preceding past president will substitute.
  2. In the event that a past recipient is unavailable, ineligible or already occupying a presidential seat on the committee, the next preceding past recipient will substitute.
  3. In the event that a vacancy still exists the President shall appoint a well-respected substitute from the ranks of the membership.

An invitation to nominate will be announced to the membership at large. A schedule for nominations and committee review will be designated by the chair in order to allow selection and an announcement during the annual convention.

Nominations will be accepted from members of the AKA and must be seconded and signed by (2) other AKA members. Members may submit or second only one nomination in any given year. Nominations shall be in writing, and include specific examples of the nominee’s activities.

Each member of the committee shall rank the nominations in his/her preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) and return his/her ranking to the chairperson no later than one week prior to the first day of the convention. The chairperson shall total the place-finish numbers of the nominees. The selectee will be the nominee with the lowest number. In the event of a tie the chairperson shall cast a tie breaking vote. It is not necessary that this award be conferred every year if, in the judgment of the committee, no person nominated meets the standards for this award.

 

The details of voting and the results thereof will be shared with the members of the committee prior to the inscription of the permanent and traveling trophies. The committee will not disclose the name of the selectee until the proper time. The details of voting will not be disseminated beyond the members of the committee. The final selection must be communicated to those with an organizational need to know, no later than three weeks before the first day of the convention.

At the proper time during the AKA national convention awards banquet, the chairperson or their designate will announce the names of the nominees and the selectee.

Recent Winners of the ROBERT M INGRAHAM VOLUNTEER of the Year Award.

LEE TOY KITE ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

Kite vagabond, author, artist and beloved kiter, Lee Toy filled the world with his creative energies, enormous talent, kindness, good humor and zest for life. Born in California and raised there and in Wisconsin, Lee worked in several artistic mediums and kite styles with an emphasis on fighter kites.

Viewing kite flying as a metaphor for life, he promoted the joy of kiting around the world. His true gift was inspiring others to explore the wide world of kites and to see them as authentic art forms. Lee built kites as a kid, became an architect along the way and helped lead the kite scene at Marina Green in San Francisco in the 1970s. In the 1980s he relocated to his ultimate kite workshop/home in Scottsdale. His small book, Flight Patterns, gave wise insights with several excellent plans. Lee passed away in late 1992 and is still missed terribly by his family and many kite friends.

The American Kitefliers Association (AKA) establishes the LEE TOY MEMORIAL KITE ARTIST

AWARD . The award will be presented at the annual convention of the AKA to a member selected as the Kite Artist of the Year . The recipient will receive a traveling award to be held by the recipient for one year and returned for the following convention. The award will be inscribed with the name of each past recipient. Each recipient will receive a plaque that will remain with them.

The Kite Artist of the Year recognizes an artist s body of original work or their commitment to kites as art as well as their ability to inspire others in recognizing the uniqueness of kites as art. The Artist of the Year demonstrates a willingness to teach, explore and innovate in promoting kites within the AKA membership or the broader community. The recipient also shows a clear generosity of spirit and willingness to share his or her energies in promoting kites as an art form. The recipient must be a member of the AKA.

The AKA believes the above criteria best exemplifies the character of Lee Toy.

The selection committee shall consist of seven members who shall all be AKA members:

  1. Sunny Toy or another member of the Toy family
  2. The two most recent past recipients of the Lee Toy Memorial award
  3. The current and most recent past president of the AKA.
  4. Two current members of AKA s Kite Art Committee.

The committee will be chaired by the current president of the AKA. No person may occupy more than one position or cast more than one vote on the committee.

 

Substitutions will be made as follows:

  1. If Sunny Toy or a member of the Toy family is unavailable, they may appoint a substitute for that year.
  2. If the past president is unavailable, the next preceding past president will substitute.
  3. If a past recipient is unavailable, ineligible or already occupying another seat on the committee, the next preceding past recipient will substitute.
  4. The chair of the Kite Art Committee shall appoint the two committee members.
  5. If a vacancy still exists, the AKA president shall appoint a knowledgeable substitute.

An invitation to nominate award recipients will be announced to the membership at large. A schedule for close of nominations and selection committee review will be designated by the committee chair to ensure timely selection and announcement at the annual convention.

Nominations will be accepted from AKA members and must be seconded and signed by at least two other AKA members. Members may submit or second only one nomination in any given year. 

Nominations shall be in writing and include specific examples of how the nominee s kite activities fit the criteria for the award.

 

Each member of the selection committee shall independently rank the nominations by listing their preferences (i.e. 1st, 2nd , 3rd, etc.) and returning their ranking to the chairperson within the time deadline designated by the chair.

The chairperson shall total the place finish numbers of the nominees. The award recipient will be the person with the lowest number. The chairperson shall cast a tie-breaking vote if necessary.

 

It is not necessary that this award be conferred every year if, in the judgment of the committee, no person nominated meets the criteria for the award. The details and results of the voting will be shared with members of the committee as soon as those votes are tallied and prior to an inscription on the award. The committee members may not disclose the names of the selected award recipient nor details regarding the voting. The final selection must be communicated to those with an organizational need to know, no later than three weeks before the first day of the convention.

At the appropriate time during the AKA convention awards banquet, the chairperson or designate shall announce the names of the nominees and the person selected.

Effective 2008:

The recipient will receive a traveling award to be held by the recipient for one year and returned for the following convention. The award will be inscribed with the name of each past recipient. Each recipient will receive a plaque that will remain with them.

Recent Winners of the LEE TOY KITE ARTIST of the Year Award.

PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS

Awarded at the discretion of the AKA President, these awards recognize individuals that have demonstrated outstanding effort within the Kiting Community.

Volunteer of the year award

This award is presented to an individual or group that embodies what it means to be a volunteer. Whether it is helping take care of other kite fliers on the field, or helping out with festival set up and tear down, kids kite building, engagement with the public, and more.

Regional Director of the Year Award

This award is given to a Regional Director that has demonstrated outstanding effort in promoting kiting within their region and beyond. As the first line of contact with members in their area, the Regional Director of the Year will have distinguished themselves with open communication and representing the core values of the AKA.

Kite Club of the Year Award

This award recognizes the accomplishments of an AKA-affiliated kite club in promoting the AKA and kites within their local communities.

Shining Star Award

The Shining Star Award is intended to recognize the person, or group, that is making waves online for the kite community. This award can be awarded to any member, or non member, and is meant as a way of saying Thank you for doing so much work online to help bring attention to our community.

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