2020 TAS AWARDS
Respectfully submitted by the Awards Committee:
Alan Skinner, Chair
Having missed last year’s annual meeting due to open heart surgery, I was looking forward to this year’s meeting in Houston. That was not to be the case, but the committee received a strong set of nominations for three of our award categories and the Board approved the following TAS members for those awards.
2020 TAS PRESIDENT'S AWARDS
James Everett, TAS President
The President’s Extraordinary Service Award is “awarded by the President to
recognize…those who provided special assistance with new initiatives or helped meet unique needs.” This year has certainly been a unique year requiring many new initiatives and approaches, so I am recognizing 5 individuals and an organization with President’s Awards (plus a Special Thank You, below):
HAS, under the leadership of Linda Gorski and Larry Golden, had prepared for an outstanding, exciting 2020 Annual Meeting. Unfortunately, in February, the hotel reneged on the contract they had signed a year earlier. HAS was forced to change the dates for the Annual Meeting, but negotiated significant concessions from the hotel in the process. Then, Covid-19 caused the cancellation of this year’s Annual Meeting. To help offset the projected $18,000 budget deficit that resulted from the cancellation of so many TAS events in 2020, Linda and Larry implemented an eBay auction that generated money to replace over 1/3 of the projected deficit. An anonymous donor matched the first $6,000 raised by the auction, so HAS’s support resulted in well over $12,000 to offset the deficit. This year would have been much more difficult for TAS and for me had it not been for Linda, Larry, and HAS.