There are six SERA
awards which are given out annually at the
SERA Winter Business Meeting.
Links to descriptions of each award are below.
Revised Guidelines for
Selection of SERA Award Winners – Approved 02/09/2019
A separate committee judges
each SERA Award, except the SERA Meritorious
Service Award, which is awarded by the Governing
Committee. Each committee is made up of five
members. The current SERA Chair is a special
member of each committee. She/he is
responsible for appointing the committee and
scheduling the meeting. She/he shall also
report the recipient’s name to SERA at the WBM
Banquet. The current Vice Chair is also a
special member of each committee. The Chair
and Vice Chair serve each awards committee as
Awards Committee Leaders and shall approve the
nominations prior to submitting them to the
committee. They are not required to attend
the meetings or vote unless the award committee
requests assistance. The
remaining three award committee members are “at
large members”. They should be from
different grottos and preferably states.
These members serve a three-year term, which ends
at the conclusion of the third SERA Winter
Business Meeting of their committee
membership. Members may not serve more than
one consecutive three-year term on an award
committee. They may, however, be appointed
to serve on a different award committee.
Award committee members cannot serve
simultaneously on more than one award committee.
SERA awards cannot be awarded to members of the
same committee. Committee members cannot
nominate for their own committee, however
committee members should encourage others to
nominate deserving individuals.
Although current award committee's members may meet at any time during the year, each award committee's final vote for an award winner is conducted
at the SWBM. The winner will be announced at
the SWBM Awards Banquet. For the
dignity of the nominees, Committee members and
Awards Committee Leaders should keep nominee names
If a committee member cannot make the SWBM
where the recipient is to be selected, they may:
1.Appoint a proxy, in
writing, or by phone call, to the Awards Committee
Leaders, to represent them at the committee
meeting held at the SWBM.
2.Continuity of award committee
members will be maintained as possible by meeting
attendance. If nothing is heard
from the committee member, the SERA Chair may
appoint a one time only proxy from SWBM attendees
before the meeting of the awards committees.
conclusion of the SWBM, the new Chair of SERA
will appoint any needed
for each committee and announce it at the Awards
Banquet. The new committee’s work begins
after the SWBM.
Nominations for SERA Awards will be
accepted in writing by the Awards Committee
Leaders (Chair and Vice Chair) from any SERA caver
or SERA organization on a year round basis.
Nominations may be submitted in writing to the
Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chair) at any time
during the year up to the opening of the Winter
Business Meeting. It is the job of
the committee members to verify facts as well as
seeking out further knowledge of the
nominee. Nominations may be submitted to the
Awards Committee Leaders at the SERA WBM.
Any nominee not that does not win the award
will be held over for consideration the next year
for a period of two additional years. The
names of nominees shall not be published in
national, regional or grotto publications.