All American Award Program
The All American Award was established to encourage organizations to share their activities and expertise with other Societies within their respective regions and with the Affiliate Member Organizations of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). This was done by the seven regional federations and the AFMS in 1967. It was also meant to provide an organized approach to a historical record of a club’s activities and provide a means for national recognition of these exceptional organizations.
The Award focuses on the efforts of each Organization to be a good neighbor, support other Societies and government initiatives, and provide an avenue of learning and growth for its members, among other things. Each report is read and judged for completeness and quality, as well as the inclusion of those activities thought to make a well-rounded organization. This is not a competition between Societies, but rather a competition of each Society against a ‘national standard,’ established by a committee of judges and regional chairmen.
The Award is broken into two categories: large organizations (100 members or more) and small organizations (less than 100 members). Junior Societies with five or more members can also submit entries. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards are given, based on a point-count system.
2021 – What you need to know about the All American Yearbook
The All American Award is given to the individual Society Yearbook, highlighting a their activities for the past year, including group activities, individual member participation, workshops, and shows. Credit is given for attendance at regional and national shows, participation at meetings, holding officer positions on various committees, writing to state representatives, and involvement in the American Lands Access Association (ALAA) – all these activities reflect an active Society that makes membership worthwhile for everyone. The AACA awards are recognition of these activities, with bronze, silver and gold levels and an overall 1st place gold award.
Take a look at what your Society has accomplished this past year, and give credit where credit is due!. The more members contribute to the yearbook, the more completely it can serve as a historical document for the society, as well as an excellent tool to encourage prospective members. Canvassing members for any missing documentation, letters, flyers or other materials to fill in some gaps just might make the difference between a good society and a great Yearbook entry.
Take advantage of the guide that is on the AFMS site written by John Washburn. “An All American Yearbook: A Guide for Preparation.” This gives an explanation of each section, and what judges look for in rating the entries. It also highlights areas that are usually the weakest for many societies and offers suggestions to improve those areas, as well as hints and tips for organizing the book.
Remember – you can get credit for activities such as participation in Competitive Displays, Junior activities, and for society members volunteering as Judges for AFMS contests.
PDF entries are welcome as it saves a lot in postage. Page limit is 150 single pages for the pdf, and 100 double-sided pages if printed.