Founders Award

2016 Founders Award recipient Shirley Farley presents Scott Gregory with the 2017 award!

Annual Founders’ Day Award

By John M. Stone

John A. Brown, founder and charter member of the Waynesboro-Staunton Region, instituted the Annual Founders’ Day award in 1987. John presented the Region with a large silver bowl to be presented to a deserving member each year. His intent was for this bowl to remain in the custody of the recipient for one year or until a successor was found. Then the bowl would be presented to another. The recipients’  names and years of award would be engraved on the bowl. A smaller replica is then permanently presented to the previous winner.

The president appoints a Selection Committee (usually in February) consisting of three region members to determine the recipient each year. Normally, the last recipient chairs this committee, and the other members of the committee are past recipients. Only the president (and the committee) knows the members of the committee. The committee then makes its decision and, if a winner is selected, gets the large silver  bowl engraved and brings it to the April (Founders’ Day) meeting. No one except the committee knows the recipient until the moment of presentation. Although the award has been presented each year, it is not mandatory that an award be presented annually. The Region president obtains the replica to be presented to the previous winner.

The recipient must meet two of the following criteria:

  • Supports the by-laws and goals of the National AACA
  • Actively supports and participates in local club activities
  • Collects and preserves antique vehicles

The following have been recipients of the award:

1987 Harold G. Via 2003 James Ailes
1988 Jefferson D. Diffee 2004 Robbie Gray
1989 Virginia S. Cary 2005 Mary Helen Ayers
1990 Owen Harner 2006 Roy Miller
1991 James H. Gregory 2007 Stu Allen
1992 H. Edward Lavender 2008 Mel Redmond
1993 Carl Fulwider 2009 Susan Gray
1994 Mary Helen Ayers 2010 Bob Ridle
1995 Tom Meeks 2011 Clarice Allen
1996 Paul Wampler 2012 Ken Farley
1997 Willis Clemmer 2013 Billy Melton
1998 Doris Stone 2014 Ronnie Shanholtzer
1999 Walter Hetman 2015 Sue Gregory
2000 John M. Stone 2016 Shirley Farley
2001 Nelson Driver 2017 Scott Gregory
2002 Ken Barrs    

 

  • Sue Gregory receives award cup.
    2015 Founders Award recipient Sue Gregory receives her replica cup from President Ken Farley.