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Concrete In Australia : March 2011
10 Concrete in Australia Vol 37 No 1 NEWS Call for nominations for life and honorary members e Council of the Concrete Institute of Australia makes awards for life and honorary membership to recognise people who have made significant contributions. ese awards carry significant prestige. Nominations are now invited for people considered worthy of consideration for one of these awards. Nominations are to be marked "confidential" and are to be submitted to the CEO of the institute. All nominations will be passed to a Nominating Committee established by Council to manage this process and to make recommendations to Council regarding award recipients. Any member of the Concrete Institute of Australia may make a nomination. Nominations close on 31 March 2011. Honorary membership Honorary membership is defined in the institute's articles as -- "Honorary Member" means any person admitted as such whom the Council considers has made an outstanding contribution to the development and use of concrete in Australia. Article 11 states: e Council may elect as an Honorary Member of the Institute any person who in the opinion of the Council is considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the development of concrete technology and practice provided that not more than two such Honorary Members shall be elected in any one year. Except as expressly stated herein an Honorary Member shall have all the rights and privileges enjoyed by an Individual Member but shall not be required to pay any subscription. When submitting nominations for this award, the person submitting the nomination should bear in mind: • the nominee does not need to be a member of the institute • the essential criterion for this award is "outstanding contribution to the development and use of concrete in Australia" • activities for and service to the Concrete Institute of Australia are not relevant criteria when considering this award • contributions to concrete outside of Australia are not, in themselves, relevant for this award, although they may add support to a nomination which qualifies otherwise • supporting information must clearly identify why and how this nominee has made outstanding contributions -- eg through research, design, construction, leadership (in this field of concrete) etc • some or all of the members of the Nominating Committee reviewing the nominations may have only limited knowledge of the person(s) being nominated. Consequently, their decisions will be influenced by the quality, completeness and relevance of the information submitted. Life membership Life membership is defined in the articles as -- "Life Member" means any person admitted as such whom the Council considers has given long and other meritorious service to the Concrete Institute of Australia. Article 11A states: e Council may elect as a Life Member of the Institute any person who in the opinion of the Council has given long and other meritorious service to the Institute and such person may be an individual or a representative of a Company Member. e Life Member shall receive notices of all meetings and such other rights and privileges as Council may from time to time determine, but shall not be required to pay an annual subscription. When reviewing nominations for this award, the person submitting the nomination should bear in mind: • the nominee need not be a member of the institute, although it is unlikely that a non member would have given such long and meritorious service • the essential criterion for this award is "long and other meritorious service to the Concrete Institute of Australia" • merely serving on an institute committee, even as president, or for a long period, should not be sole reasons for granting this award. e quality and merit of the service are influencing factors. • activities such as publishing papers, undertaking research, design expertise etc are not relevant for this award • the institute, through its Council, seeks to contain the number of such awards in order to ensure that they carry merit and prestige, rather than becoming somewhat prolific • some or all of the members of the Nominating Committee reviewing the nominations may have only limited knowledge of the person(s) being nominated. Consequently, their decisions will be influenced by the quality, completeness and relevance of the information submitted. It is essential that the process of nominating people for these awards, considering the submissions, and making recommendations regarding recipients maintains a high degree of confidentiality. It is strongly recommended that the nominee is not aware of their nomination. e requirement for confidentiality is to avoid disappointment, humiliation, or even a feeling of rejection, by nominees who are not granted awards. ere are many reasons why a nominee may not be granted an award, including: • a large number of nominations are submitted, and decisions have to be made to select among those to maintain an exclusive number of awards, • the information provided in the submission inadequately addressed the criteria for granting of an award, or lacked sufficient detail. Current Life and Honorary Members are: Honorary Members John Ashby, Kevin Cavanagh, Ken Day, Brian Ferguson, Harold Roper, Mick Ryan, John Woodside, Jack Wynhoven, John Fenwick, Peter Dux, Bob Warner and Gil Brock. Life Members Kevin Abrams, Doug Amey, David Beal, Don Buchanan, Kevin Campbell, Barry Crisp, Brendan Corcoran, Jim Forbes, Stafford Gill, Erik Guldager-Nielsen, Sandor Mokos, Ian Orchard, Bob Potter, Mark Turner, Gordon Vogan, Vincent Wallis, Robert Wheen, Joe Wyche, Steve Freeman.