Updated as of December 31st, 2012
2012 District Awards Winners
At our annual holiday party on December 12th, we also presented awards for outstanding members of the year. Click on the photo above to see a larger version with all the names.
Front Row, from left to right: Ben Skwiercz, Rising Star; Steve Butts, Member of the Year; Martha Koester, PCO of the Year; Bruce Stotler, Cherisse Luxa Lifetime Achievement Award; Carol Frillman, Chair of Fundraising, the Committee of the Year; Tim Nuse, Executive Board Member of the Year. Those without awards in front of them are either executive board members or elected officials.
Call for Nominations
All our members are important, but there are some who stand out and deserve to be recognized for all they do. If you know someone who you think deserves recognition in any of these six categories, nominate them for an award using this form - download it as a Word document or as a PDF document or Nominations are due Friday December 8th. The point of contact for the recognition program is Mike Parker - contact him via e-mail here or at 206.935.4113. This is the second year for the program - you can see our previous award winners here:
2011 Award Winners
2010 Award Winners
Categories of Recognition:
- Cherisse Luxa Award for Lifetime Achievement
- Outstanding Committee
- PCO of the Year
- Executive Board Member of the Year
- Member of the Year
- Rising Star
Here are the evaluation criteria for each award:
- Length of service in the District
- Participation - variety, type extent of contribution
- Team player - collegial, works well with others, respectful,
well regarded, community-oriented
- Results/Outcomes - demonstrated record of outstanding
performance; identifiable benefits to the District
- Type of work - project specific, community based work, etc.
- Execution - how was work accomplished effectiveness
- Team players - synergy of group
PCO, Executive Board Member, Member, Rising Star
- Type of work - project specific, community based work, etc.
- Team player
Our 2011 Award Winners
Our elected officials and District officers honored our 2011 Award Winners pictured above (click for larger version of the photo). Left to right: Tim Nuse, Chair, Lloyd Hara (King County Assessor), Steven J. Drew (Thurston County Assessor), Marcee Stone (E-Board Member of the Year), Joe McDermott (King County Council member), Kari Feeney (Rising Star Award), Les Treall, Jackie Dupras (Cherisse Luxa Lifetime Achievement Award), Steve Butts, Tamsen Spengler (Member of the Year), Lisa Plymate, Tom Rasmussen (Seattle City Council member). Kari, Les, Steve, Tamsen and Lisa are members of the Diversity Committee, which received the outstanding Committee Award.
Cherisse Luxa Lifetime Achievement Award
Jackie enriches our organization in so many ways, from producing the newsletter
to staffing a booth nearly every Sunday at the West Seattle Farmers' Market.
She collects voter registration forms and delivers them, she produces the graphics
for our annual auctions and newspaper advertisements. She helps track membership
and PCO lists. She collects candidate material for walking precincts and even
delivers it to PCOs. She makes buttons which help highlight our causes and issues,
also helping to enrich our treasury. Jackie has worked on the Garden Party for
many years in a wide variety of roles from producing the program to soliciting and
tracking auction items. She faithfully attends and enlivens our District and
Executive Board meetings. Finally, she serves as both historian and "soul" for the
District organization, helping explain both rules and how we accomplished work and
conducted events in the past, but always with an eye to building the Party and
the 34th District Democrats for the future.
Executive Board Member of the Year
Marcee is our State Committeewoman, and has championed the causes and challenges of the 34th District with the State Party. But she has also been active in almost every 34th District effort this year. One of Marcee's greatest attributes is that you can depend on her. She volunteered for several committees, regularly attended planning meetings and always accomplished her goals. You can find her advocating for healthcare or workers' rights, walking not just her precinct but many other neighborhoods, chairing a table at a community organization or Party fundraiser, soliciting for the Garden Party and advocating our issues with elected officials from throughout the region and the State. She approaches each challenge with a positive attitude. She's been a real leader and workhorse not just on the Executive Board, but throughout the District.
Member of the Year
Tamsen Spengler contributes to the 34th District Democrats in so many
ways. Starting right off, she assumed leadership of the Diversity Committee and
recruited a strong team of people. The Committee is so impressive and active
that it is now a model for the entire King County Democratic organization to use
for outreach throughout the county. Since January, she's made connections into many of
the ethnic groups in our district by identifying their leaders and working
with them to pinpoint their issues and needs asking "how can we help you".
She publicizes and leads our attendance at events in the immigrant neighborhoods.
She insures the 34th District Democrats have a face and are known in those places
where we've been unknown in the past. Through her low-keyed but motivational
demeanor she's helped convince several new people to come to almost
every one of our meetings. She registers new voters wherever she goes. Finally, Tamsen represents the district well in other forums aimed at engaging people in Democratic
politics. As a result of her efforts, the 34th District Democrats is a stronger,
better organization and more representative of our communities.
Kari Feeney is a great new star who has blossomed in the 34th District! Kari is
always volunteering for whatever needs to be done. Although new to the 34th Democrats, she shows up for just about any event and signs up for multiple shift duties at our
booths. Her interests and work in social justice and past work give her contact with many of the elected officials in our in our district, influencing them positively to act
in support of our values.
Kari is specifically a spark on the Diversity Committee, working in their relentless
pursuit of new members from various ethnic communities, while at the same time
assisting and supporting the Outreach Committee in its work. Kari is always there
with a "yes" when someone is asking for help. She epitomizes teamwork
and a "can do" attitude, therefore becoming the "Rising Star" in our District.
Committee of the Year
In 2011, the Diversity Committee put into action a core belief of the 34th District
Democrats: that by supporting local organizations, neighbors, and diverse groups,
we live our values and best exemplify what makes us Democrats. We believe
that as a Party, one of our most important functions is to build community,
and the Diversity Committee is doing just that. This group is a set of committed
individuals interact with groups and people who historically have not been involved
in our organization or the Democratic Party. Diversity Committee members
attended events in the immigrant, refugee and ethnic community.
They served as emissaries for the 34th District Democrats, helping us connect
to these diverse communities and understand their unique issues. Led by
Tamsen Spangler and with the many contributions of all committee members,
we have developed close relationships with Somali women, the White Center Community Development Association, the Cambodian community, and many others.
Their work is truly a "team" effort.
Committee members are Tamsen Spengler, Chair,
Kari Feeney, Lisa Plymate, Steve Butts, Les Treall, Doris Rahmig, Tia Hallberg & Celestino Gallegos
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