2020 WDAFS Outstanding Large Chapter, Outstanding Small Chapter, and Outstanding Student Subunit Awards
Deadline for nominations: February 14, 2020
Each year, the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society recognizes the chapters and student subunit that best exemplify a commitment to the mission of the Society by actively working to achieve the goals set forth in the AFS Strategic Plan. We encourage you to nominate your chapter or student subunit for this award.
The information required to complete the nomination form will be used to evaluate nominees for the WDAFS Outstanding Large Chapter, WDAFS Outstanding Small Chapter, and the WDAFS Outstanding Student Subunit. Western Division Outstanding unit awardees will be forwarded to AFS for consideration for the Society-level awards as well. HOWEVER, note that AFS defines large chapters as those with 100 members or more, whereas Western Division is divided based on relative size. The five largest (based on AFS membership) chapters compete for the Outstanding Large Chapter award and the five smallest compete for Outstanding Small Chapter.
The five WDAFS Chapters eligible for the WDAFS Outstanding Large Chapter Award are: Alaska, Cal-Neva, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington-British Columbia.
The five WDAFS Chapters eligible for the WDAFS Outstanding Small Chapter Award are: Montana, Utah, Arizona-New Mexico, Mexico, and Colorado-Wyoming.
If both awarded WDAFS Chapters meet the AFS criteria for a “large chapter”, the WDAFS Awards committee will decide which of the two recipients – either large or small chapter – to forward as WDAFS’s nominee for the AFS Outstanding Large Chapter Award. The Outstanding Student Subunit award recipient will automatically be nominated by the Division for the Society award.
As you respond to the award criteria, please be sure to address the unit’s efforts to address challenges identified by AFS, including:
- Climate change
- Weakening of the Clean Water Act
- Insufficient funding
- Pressures from increased globalization and urbanization
- Lack of science-educated public that understand growing complex environmental issues
- Embracing landscape-scale management of fisheries and research projects that extend across geographic or programmatic borders
- An aging workforce that does not reflect the diversity of society and fisheries stakeholders
To meet member needs and thrive, AFS operations and business models must adapt to changes in technology and communications, such as:
- Information exchange
- Annual meetings and financial stability
- Membership recruitment and retention
Note that the WDAFS evaluation period for the Outstanding Unit Awards is the preceding calendar year. Applicants for the WDAFS Outstanding Unit Awards should report on activities and accomplishments that occurred between January 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year. This differs from the AFS Outstanding awards, which uses the 12-month period prior to the award nomination deadline. Before WDAFS award nomination forms are forwarded to the Society for consideration, units will have an opportunity to update the forms appropriately.
Use the Nomination/Application Form to nominate your Chapter or Subunit for an award. Please fill in all appropriate sections with descriptions of the activities of your chapter during the award evaluation period. Please be thorough but succinct in your responses. The length of the completed nomination form may not exceed 15 pages (not including these instructions). You are welcome to include links or direction to supporting documentation that the Awards Committee can find online but addenda and attachments are not accepted and will not be included in evaluations. Please do not reformat or alter this form or submit nominations in any other format.
Please submit completed forms to:
Jackie Watson, WDAFS Past President
The deadline for submitting an application is: February 14, 2020.
Past Outstanding Chapter and Outstanding Student Subunit Award Winners
|Year||Outstanding Chapter*||Outstanding Student Subunit|
|2019||Large Chapter – Oregon
Small Chapter – Colorado – Wyoming
|Santa Cruz – Monterey Bay Area|
|2018||Large Chapter – Oregon
Small Chapter – Arizona-New Mexico
|Santa Cruz – Monterey Bay Area|
|2017||Oregon||Santa Cruz – Monterey Bay Area|
|2016||Oregon||Palouse (University of Idaho)|
|2015||Idaho||University of Alaska, Fairbanks|
|2014||Idaho||University of Montana|
|2013||Oregon||University of Alaska, Fairbanks|
|2012||Washington-British Columbia||Oregon State University|
|2011||Oregon||Palouse (University of Idaho)|
|2009||Oregon||Palouse (University of Idaho)|
|2008||California-Nevada||Palouse (University of Idaho)|
|1990||Washington-British Columbia (formerly|
|(split)||North Pacific International Chapter) and|
* Known previously as the “Chapter of the Year Award”, the Outstanding Chapter Award was initiated in 1982.