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MAA President's Message

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee Chairman for 2017 is Mike Racklyeft. The Awards Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations for awards and voting on a winner for each category.  The Awards given in any year are all or a subset of the following:

  • Most Valuable Member (Edward W. Kane) Award
  • Education (David Bone) Award
  • Literary (Frank Moss) Award
  • Subscribing Member (Robert Eckhardt) Award
  • Michigan Property Tax Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award

The descriptions and criteria for each are available on the MAA Website's Awards page.

Would it surprise you to know that not many individuals or jurisdictions are nominated for acknowledgment of their achievements each year?  I have to say it surprised me. I think perhaps we all work hard, give our time and talents with no thought of any award or acknowledgment so awards are not topmost on our minds.  Even though we don’t expect it, acknowledgement of ones efforts is usually deeply appreciated.   I know of many highly accomplished individuals so join me in reviewing these award categories and criteria and give some thought to nominating someone whom you admire, who has made a difference to you.  These need to be in to the Awards Committee by July for consideration.

The Awards Committee also reviews and makes decisions on Scholarships.   On the back of this month’s magazine you will notice a new ad promoting the scholarships available for MAA members.  We have scholarship money left on the table every year.  If you are paying for educational classes without help from your local unit and are a member in good standing, you qualify for consideration!

Wishing you all a little well deserved rest after a busy assessment year…accept for those of us in Equalization…..we have a bit to go yet, don’t we?
Until next month,

Until next month………
~ Ruth Scott, President


Randy J. Ripperger, CAE
I.A.A.O. President
Randy J. Ripperger, CAE

Des Moines, Iowa

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