Proposed Awards Policy
Corporate Resolution No. 2020 - ____
Corporate Resolution by the Executive Board of the Clan Henderson Society, Inc.
WHEREAS the Society has created several awards for recognizing and honoring significant achievements and contributions on behalf of the Society and its purposes by individuals; and
WHEREAS the Executive Board wishes to formally create these awards and establish their criteria; and
WHEREAS the Executive Board wishes to codify medals and medallions and other forms of recognition to honor on behalf of the Society the significant achievements and contributions of individuals to the Society,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Executive Board of the Clan Henderson Society, Inc., that the criteria and description of symbols and forms of recognition shall be referred to as the Awards Policy and shall be as follows:
Overview: Positions of authority, members who have received special recognition and honoring significant achievements are enhanced when a badge, medallion or device can be worn or displayed highlighting that member is holding a position of authority or is deserving of recognition.
Goal of the Awards Program. Recognition of performance and contribution to the Society is an important component for the vibrancy and continued esprit of the members of the Society. The awards program must be visible, transparent, fair, and responsive in execution, inclusive, and attainable by all members.
Committee. There is established the Society Awards Committee for the purposes of evaluating and approving awards, as applicable. The President shall appoint no less than three Society members to the committee, one of whom will be appointed committee chair by the President. The committee shall not include any elected officers of the Society. The appointments to the committee will be for a period of two years concurrent with the President’s term of office.
Application. Except as otherwise provided in this resolution, there is no formal recommendation format for an award. At a minimum, any award recommendation will include the name of the individual being recommended for an award, the name of the recommender, including Society title or member number, the type of award being recommended, and a brief summarization of why the award is justified. Unless otherwise noted under award descriptions, awards may be made to non-society members. However, only a Society Member may make a recommendation for an award, except as otherwise provided in this resolution.
All applications shall be reviewed by the appropriate Regional Commissioner, except as otherwise provided in this resolution, and submitted to the Chair of the Awards Committee along with a recommendation. The Awards Committee shall review the award recommendations in considering and making its recommendation to the President or the Vice President for Operations if the President is being recommended for an award by the Awards Committee. The Committee Chair will provide a listing to the President. or that part of the listing that includes the President to the Vice President for Operations if the President is being recommended for an award, and the Executive Board, as appropriate, of recommendations for Awards. The President, or the Vice President for Operations, except as otherwise provided in this resolution, will consider the recommendations and may approve the awards.
The Chief’s Prize
Award. This award recognizes leadership shown particularly as related to leadership, youth programs, heritage, culture, academics, or something of overall benefit to the Clan or the Society. This award can also be in recognition of long-term service to the Clan or the Society. It is considered the highest award in the Society. Only one prize is awarded per calendar year and the recipient is determined by the President in consultation with the Executive Board and announced at the Annual General Meeting.
Recognition. Historically, members who receive the Chief’s Prize are awarded an engraved pewter plague. However, since 2017 a certificate and plaque are given.
The Order of the Chief with Distinction.
Award. This medal is considered the second-highest level of award in the Society. This award recognizes an individual who has made sustained contributions, acts, and or services that have improved the image, reputation, or efficiency of the Society. This award will not be bestowed for a single act or event. It shall only be awarded to an active member of the Society and only if he/she has already received the Order of the Chief.
Recognition. Members who have received this award may wear a pewter clan badge, in the shape of a pentagon, 1 1/2” in diameter, and worn from the neck on a ribbon of blue and gold.
Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution, performed a service, or completed an act that directly improves the image, reputation, and/or the efficiency of the Society. The award shall be bestowed on an individual member who must be in active status, with at least two years tenure. Tenure may be waived by the Regional Commissioner. The award may be bestowed upon non-society individuals, provided rationale is included in the recommendation.
Recognition. Individuals who have received this award may wear a pewter clan badge, in the shape of a pentagon, 1 1/2” in diameter, and worn from the neck on a ribbon of green.
The MacEanruig Society
Award. This is an award to Society members who have had such a positive impact on the Society through sustained contributions and leadership that they are deserving of membership in the MacEanruig Society
Holders of the Chief’s Prize are automatically members of the MacEanruig Society by reason of their having received the Chief’s Prize. Other individuals may be awarded membership by the approval of the members of the MacEanruig Society after nomination by the President. An awardee must be an active member of the Clan Henderson Society at the time of appointment. Honorary members of the Clan Henderson Society are not eligible for the award. Posthumous awards may be made, provided the member was inactive status in the Society at the time of death.
The total number of awardees is limited to a number equal to the number of years (commencing in 1988) the Clan Henderson Society has been organized. Therefore, the number of awardees will expand in size by no more than one awardee annually, except that the members of the MacEanruig Society may accept an awardee upon the approval of a majority of the members of the Society. The President of the Clan Henderson Society will announce the names of awardees at the next annual general meeting of the Clan Henderson Society after the approval of the awardee as a member to the MacEanruig Society.
Recognition. Awardees of membership in the MacEanruig Society are authorized to wear an identification badge, round, 2 ½” in diameter, displaying the Clan Henderson crest. It is worn on the left pocket or similar area.
Record Keeping: The Historian will maintain a master list of all award recipients, by year, and by year of recipients of the award of membership in the MacEanruig Society. The Historian will submit these lists for the record at every annual general meeting. Any additions to awards voted on at the AGM will also be made a matter of record.
DATED AND EXECUTED in the State of ________________________, on the _________ of _______________, 20__.