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To quote the National ABWA website, "By its very nature, recognition is loaded with positive reinforcement. It is an essential component of effective development. Thus individual members are recognized for their efforts. Each year, in addition to national awards and recognition, local chapters ... honor members who make significant accomplishments in education, leadership, and professional and civic activities."

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ABWA Fort Bend League Recognition

ABWA Fort Bend League recognizes members in very distinguished ways depending on length of membership and various other requirements. These awards and recognitions include: the Protégé Award, the Woman of the Year Award (WOY), the Woman of Excellence Award (WOE), and the Top Ten Candidate nomination.

arrow Protégé Award arrow Woman of the Year
arrow Woman of Excellence arrow Top Ten Candidate

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Protege Award

The ABWA Fort Bend Chapter Protege award is for new members who choose to take an active part in the chapter.

Requirements

Members qualify for nomination when they have been a primary member of the ABWA Fort Bend Chapter for more than one (1) year but less than two (2) years. In July, the ABWA Fort Bend Chapter will evaluate the performance of eligible members from August 1st through May 30th of the chapter year. Each member of the chapter will vote for their nominated member of choice. The nominee with the most votes will be awarded the designation ABWA Fort Bend Chapter Protégé.

Responsibilities

The newly elected Protégé is required to maintain her efforts of furthering the objectives of her ABWA Fort Bend Chapter.

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Woman of the Year

The ABWA Woman of the Year award is one of the most distinguished honors bestowed upon a member.

2015 ABWA Fort Bend Woman of the Year

Ranee Gilbert




Requirements

To be a candidate for nomination, the member must be a Primary Member of ABWA's Fort Bend League and in good standing both locally and nationally. She must be a member of the League for two years as of the 1st day of the nominating month, and be a past and/or current board member or committee chair. The three (3) candidates with the most nominations, four (4) if there is a tie, will be voted on at the December meeting and the selected candidate will be announced at that time.

Responsibilities

The Woman of the Year, and her guest, will be sponsored by the ABWA Fort Bend League to attend the Houston Area Council WOY luncheon, which honors all Houston area chapters' Women of the Year.

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Woman of Excellence

The ABWA Woman of Excellence award is one of the most distinguished honors bestowed upon a member.

Requirements

To be a candidate for nomination, the member must be a Primary Member of ABWA's Fort Bend League and in good standing both locally and nationally. She must be a member of the League for three years from January 1 of the nominating year. Nominations take place in January, election in February, and announcement in March at the chapter meeting.

Responsibilities

The Woman of Excellence, and her guest, will be sponsored by the ABWA Fort Bend League to attend the Federation of Houston Professional Women Gala. She must attend the Rehearsal Tea and Gala.

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Top Ten Candidate

The ABWA Top Ten Candidate award is the league's opportunity to nominate a chapter member for national recognition.

Requirements

The Top Ten eligible candidates will be identified at the February league meeting. Each candidate will submit a biography to the committee by March 15th. Submitted biographies will be reviewed by a non-ABWA member judge who will select the Fort Bend County League Top Ten Candidate based upon national requirements. The requirements to be selected include: being female, currently employed, a primary member of Fort Bend County League, current or past chapter officer, ABWA member for three (3) years as of May 15th of the nomination year, and in good standing both nationally and locally.

Responsibilities

When the ABWA Fort Bend League Top Ten Candidate is selected as one of the National Top Ten, the League will sponsor the candidate's trip to the National Conference if the board determines the funds are available.

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