The CALLERLAB Milestone Award is the highest award CALLERLAB can bestow on any individual. The nominee is judged against rigid criteria in five separate categories. A nominee must meet the criteria in all five categories to receive the award. The primary purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals, whether CALLERLAB Members or not, who have made outstanding and significant contributions to the field of square dancing. This is often a difficult decision, for there are many outstanding people in our activity.
The Milestone Award is presented to individuals who have met the following five-point criteria in the field of square dancing and have been selected by the Executive Committee (EC) to be honored in this way. These five points are:
1) The recipient must have worked in UNCHARTED FIELDS.
2) The individual’s contributions to the activity much have STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
3) These Contributions must have been UNSELFISH.
4) In the course of making those contributions, the recipient must have displayed true LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM.
5) Finally, the recipients’ work must have had a BROAD INFLUENCE on the activity.
In 2000 the Board removed the restriction against presenting this award posthumously. This award is an acrylic pyramid on a wood base, and is accompanied by a framed certificate.
The Milestone award is a recognition by an individuals peers, which sets the recipient apart from the ordinary. A certificate, dated and signed by the Chairman of the Board, accompanies the physical award.
The list below provides a link to the Milestone Award write-up in the Honors Book. Also included (if available) is the presentation speech delivered at the CALLERLAB convention honoring the Milestone recipient.
Manning Smith (Deceased) Milestone Award Speech
May 1, 1978 0
Milestone Award presentation by Jon Jones
Life (Gold Card) Membership
The Gold Card, “Life Membership” in CALLERLAB may be given in recognition of service to CALLERLAB. It may be presented to long term CALLERLAB Members who have provided outstanding service to CALLERLAB, and been selected by representatives of the membership (the EC) to be honored in this way. It may be given to callers who have retired from active calling. Under special circumstances, as determined by the EC, the Gold Card may also be given to CALLERLAB Members who are still actively calling. The list of those who have been given this recognition is short. It includes people who have worked very hard and very selflessly to enhance CALLERLAB. This organization has many ways of recognizing its Members, and in some cases even non-members, for their contributions to the square dance activity. The Gold Card is reserved for those who have worked to make CALLERLAB a more valuable and successful leadership organization. The service that our Gold Card members have given has come in many forms.
Recipients of the Chairman’s Award are chosen by the Chairman of the Board to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to CALLERLAB, square dancing, or to the Chairman. There are no restrictions on the Chairman for consideration of award recipients. The choice is completely up to the Chairman.
|1981||Jack Murtha||4/14/1981||Jon Jones|
|1985||John Kaltenthaler||4/22/1985||Bob Van Antwerp|
|1986||Walt Cole||3/25/1986||Cal Golden|
|1987||Ken Kernen||4/14/1987||Norm Cross|
|1988||Herb Egender||3/29/1988||Bob Osgood|
|1989||Charley Muff||3/21/1989||Darryl McMillan|
|1990||Jerry Junck||4/10/1990||Ernie Kinney|
|1991||Carol Neff Smith||3/26/1991||Ernie Kinney|
|1992||Shawn Cuddy||4/14/1992||Ernie Kinney|
|1994||Gail Seastrom||4/11/1994||Mike Seastrom|
|1995||CALLERLAB Home Office Staff Rochester, MN||4/11/1995||Tony Oxendine|
|1996||Jim Mayo||4/2/1996||Tony Oxendine|
|1996||Mike Seastrom||4/2/1996||Tony Oxendine|
|2000||Ted & Betty Vaile||4/18/2000||Larry Cole|
|2001||Mike Jacobs||4/10/2001||Larry Cole|
|2001||Wayne Morvent||4/10/2001||Larry Cole|
|2003||Larry Cole||4/15/2003||Mike Jacobs|
|2003||Dick Mazziotti||4/15/2003||Mike Jacobs|
|2004||Gail Swindle||4/6/2004||Mike Jacobs|
|2005||Dana Schirmer||3/22/2005||Tim Crawford|
|2006||Jim Maczko & Patty Wilcox||4/11/2006||Tim Crawford|
|2007||Tom Rudebock||4/3/2007||Tim Marriner|
|2008||John Swindle||3/18/2008||Tim Marriner|
|2011||Clark Baker||4/19/2011||Tim Marriner|
|2013||Wade Morrow||3/26/2013||Elmer Sheffield|
|2013||Royce Dent||3/26/2013||Elmer Sheffield|
|2014||Patty Greene||4/15/2014||Barry Clasper|
|2015||Dottie Welch||3/31/2015||Barry Clasper|
|2017||Harlan Kerr||4/11/2017||Vernon Jones|
|2017||Shauna Kaaria||4/11/2017||Vernon Jones|
|2018||Grand Square International, Kim Curlee||3/27/2018||Patty Greene|
|2019||Dennis & Judy Grossnickle||4/16/2019||Patty Greene|
|2019||Tom & Cindy Hollinberger||4/16/2019||Patty Greene|
The CALLERLAB Millennium Award is a one-time award presented to the late Bob Osgood, the primary force in the formation of CALLERLAB and one of our most influential Founding Members.
The Millennium Award was presented to Bob during the 50th National Square Dance Convention in Anaheim, California in June 2001. The inscription reads:
“Presented To Bob Osgood In appreciation of more than 60 years of dedication and service to Square, Round, and Contra dancing in all its many wonderful forms CALLERLAB presents to Bob Osgood the MILLENNIUM AWARD June 30, 2001”
Small World Award
This award is presented to Members residing outside continental North American and Hawaii, who are attending CALLERLAB for the first time. This award is a plaque with the inscription: “THE CALLERLAB SMALL WORLD AWARD PRESENTED TO” and the name of the recipient is engraved onto the plaque.
Award of Excellence
This award is presented to CALLERLAB Members for recognition of outstanding service to or support of CALLERLAB. This award is a plaque with the CALLERLAB logo, “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”, the date of the presentation, and the following inscription engraved: “For Outstanding Contribution to CALLERLAB”.
Special Recognition Award
This award was designed by the Executive Committee as a means to recognize those people who have demonstrated outstanding support to square dancing. This award is a plaque which includes the CALLERLAB logo, the date of the presentation, and the following engraved inscription: “In Grateful Appreciation for Your Support and Outstanding Contribution to Square Dancing”.
Special Award Certificate
This award is presented to recognize those people who have demonstrated outstanding support to CALLERLAB by giving unselfishly of their time, energy, and knowledge in support of CALLERLAB Committee work, Convention assistance, or other significant CALLERLAB program activities.
BOG Service Award
This award is presented to Members of the CALLERLAB Board Of Governors (BOG) when they leave the Board.
Appreciation Award Certificate
Recipients of this award include Members and non-members who participate in training seminars at the National Square Dance Conventions, provide assistance at CALLERLAB Conventions, assistance to the Board, EC, or Home Office staff. This award is a certificate displaying the CALLERLAB logo, the date of the presentation, and the inscription: “In Grateful Appreciation of your dedication and service to CALLERLAB by giving unselfishly of your time, energy, and knowledge to support the goals and ideals of CALLERLAB, the International Association of Square Dance Callers”.