Call for Nominations – Banker’s Cup/Citizen of the Year

The Chairman of the Board of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, Greg Littleton, opens the nominations for the 2015 Banker’s Cup/Citizen of the Year Awards! The awards will be given on May 19, 2015 at Polk State College with the event beginning at 6 PM (SAVE THE DATE!).

Frequently asked questions:

What is the Banker’s Cup Award?

No, it’s not for bankers, but it was given to citizens by bankers, hence the name.  Our banking community carries on that tradition today by strongly supporting the awards ceremony today! The Banker’s Cup Award is considered Winter Haven’s highest honor as it recognizes a citizen who has made a significant impact/contribution over a number of years or through a single project. Here’s a bit of history for you:

The Winter Haven Clearing House Association presented the first Banker’s Cup Award in 1923 at the Chamber’s annual banquet. It was established to recognize the person who had made the most significant contributions to the community through years of service or a single noteworthy project.

Any living resident of the Winter Haven area is eligible for the Banker’s Cup. Individuals may be nominated by another person, a civic or business organization. The Chamber Board Chairman appoints a selection committee whose members remain anonymous. Nominations are presented to the Selection Committee, which then evaluates each nominee independently.

One outstanding citizen was honored each year from 1923 until 1965. At that time it was decided to honor two people: both an outstanding man and woman. No awards were presented during the war years 1943-1945.

How do I nominate an individual?

Easy. Just fill out the nomination form here or email your nomination to info@winterhavenchamber.com or drop it off at the chamber from 9 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday at 401 Ave B NW, Winter Haven, 33881. All nominations must be received by February 15, 2015 at 4 PM.

Once it is submitted, the Selection Committee will contact you if they need more information or have any other questions.

What should I think about when nominating an individual?

  • This award is intended to honor persons dedicated to making Winter Haven better for their having lived here.
  • Consider the range of activities and the involvement of the person you nominate and their positive impact on our community.
  • Neither age nor occupation should be a factor. Every living resident of Winter Haven of exemplary character, is a potential candidate.
  • Social standing is not relevant; respect and integrity are.
  • Traditionally an award is voted by the Selection Committee for both a woman and a man, if worthy candidates are presented.
  • Activities should be considered only if they were truly for the community good. For example, work done for one’s personal hobby would be given less importance than work volunteered to serve the needs of others.
  • It is not a popularity contest. The number of letters received is never a deciding factor; one sincere, well-documented letter may be enough.
  • It is appropriate to honor person for freely-given service over a period of years.

The question is, “Who has made the most positive impact on making the Winter Haven area a better place to live?”

IMG_8433WinnersWinnersWho are the past winners of the Banker’s Cup?

Winners(e-mail)Check out the Past Banker’s Cup Winners from 1923-2014.

Ok, now you are ready to nominate. Just fill out the nomination form here or email your nomination to info@winterhavenchamber.com or drop it off at the chamber from 9 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday at 401 Ave B NW, Winter Haven, 33881. All nominations must be received by February 15, 2015 at 4 PM.

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