Collector - February 2018 - 6
ACA Seeks Unit Award Nominations and Audits
ach year, ACA International
recognizes the accomplishments of its
affiliated state and regional collectors
associations (units) at the association's
convention and in Collector magazine. The
unit honors, which include the Unit Leader
of the Year Award and the Unit Certificate
of Excellence, recognize accomplishments
during the calendar year. Nominations and
audits for accomplishments during the Jan.
1-Dec. 31, 2017, year are due March 1, 2018.
The Unit Leader of the Year Award
recognizes the member who has made the
most outstanding contribution to his or her
unit during the past one to two years. Unit
officers and directors, the ACA International
Council of Delegates and the Board of
Directors may submit 2017 nomination forms
by March 1, 2018.
A selection panel of active unit leaders,
appointed annually by ACA's president,
chooses the recipients. It is not mandatory
for panelists to bestow an award but they
are limited to choosing one finalist in each
of four size categories based on the number
of unit members: 35 members and under;
36-65 members; 66-100 members; and 101
members or more.
The Unit Certificate of Excellence
recognizes units committed to excellence
in local operations. It provides a self-audit
tool for evaluation and is intended to spark
dialogue within units about what components
make up an "excellent" unit.
The program is for all units, regardless
of size. Units with as few as 26 members
to more than 200 members have earned
certificates in the past. Units are urged to
submit a 2017 audit by March 1, 2018, for
certificate consideration, though participation
is voluntary. Ask your unit's president about
your state association's participation.
Some units find it helpful to use the
audit as a unit/board development guide
throughout the year. The audit form can
be requested anytime or downloaded from
ACA's website (www.acainternational.org) by
logging in and selecting About > Member
Awards > Unit Honors.
On the honor system, unit presidents,
or their designees, assign and tally points
to complete the audit for 2017 unit
accomplishments. The categories are
communications, education, government
affairs, membership and general operations.
Although a minimum of 60 percent of total
points is required, individual unit scores are
The 2017 Unit Leader of the Year Award
will be presented at the July 2018 ACA
Annual Convention in Nashville and will
be published in Collector magazine. Units
earning a 2017 Unit Certificate of Excellence
will also be announced in Collector magazine.
For more information or to request
forms, contact ACA's Vice President of State
Government Affairs and Unit Affairs Andy
Madden at (202)547-2681 or madden@