Many of us are beginning to plan for the 2018 COA Convention in San Diego,CA. One of the many events on the agenda will be the annual COA Neptunea Award(s), and it is my privilege at this time to call for nominations.
The consensus of the COA Board is to reopen nominations with a "clean slate" annually. Nominees not selected in previous years are certainly welcome for consideration if renominated - in fact their renomination is encouraged. For the present cycle, nominations will close on June 1, 2018 so as to allow ample time for deliberation before the convention. Please note that members of the Board of Directors are not eligible to receive the Neptunea Award while actively serving on the Board.
By way of background, the Neptunea Award (Brunner, 2000; Lipe, 2000) was established at the midyear (1999-2000) meeting of the COA Board in order to recognize outstanding and distinguished service to conchologists and malacologists in recognition of:
1. Service to the Conchologists of America.
2. Service to the scientific interests of Conchologists of America.
3. Service to the science of Malacology as it applies to conchologists anywhere.
Although notable exceptions have been made, the COA Board, which serves as the jury for the Neptunea Award, has traditionally weighed its consideration for award recipients toward (1) amateurs: those not currently pursuing a principal career involving collection, study, or commerce involving mollusks, (2) individuals "working behind the scenes" and relatively unrecognized, in the COA world, for their contributions, and (3) active members of the COA. Up to three awards have been made at our annual conventions beginning with the Houston event in 2000 (see below). Nomination(s) for the Neptunea Award may be made by any COA member, and the format is simple:
Name of nominee:
This person deserves this award because (Here a somewhat detailed paragraph will suffice.)
.......... Signed ..........
and either snailmail or email that nomination to the COA Neptunea Award Coordinator.
Everett Long 422 Shoreline Drive Cedar Point, NC 28584-7204 email@example.com
Previous Neptunea Award winners:
2000 (Houston, TX): Ross Gunderson, Ben and Josy Wiener, Debbie Wills
2001 (Port Canaveral, FL): Emilio Garcia, Harry Lee, Lynn Scheu
2002 (Sarasota, FL): Richard Petit, Bernard and Phyllis Pipher
2003 (Tacoma, WA) Jim and Linda Brunner, Kevin Lamprell, Doris Underwood
2004 (Tampa, FL): Bobbi Houchin
2005 (Punta Rassa, FL): Richard Forbush, Anne Joffe, William Lyons
2006 (Mobile, AL): Jack Lightbourn, Betty Lipe
2007 (Portland, OR): none given
2008 (San Antonio, TX): Bill Frank, Archie Jones
2009 (Clearwater, FL) none given
2010 (Boston, MA): none given
2011 (Port Canaveral, FL): Alan Gettleman
2012 (Cherry Hill, NJ): Gary Rosenberg, Martin Avery Snyder
2013 (Sarasota, FL): David and Lucille Green, Marlo Krisberg, and Charles Rawlings
2014 (Wilmington, NC): Colin Redfern, Tom Rice
2015 (Weston, FL) John and Cheryl Jacobs; Kevan and Linda Sunderland
2016 (Chicago, IL) Rich Goldberg, Homer Rhode, Charlotte Thorpe
2017 (Key West.FL) Robert (Bob) Janowsky
Brunner, L., 2000. The Neptunea Award. American Conchologist 28(3): 3. Sept.
Lipe, B[etty], 2000. Presidents Message. American Conchologist 28(4): 2. Dec.
Submitted August 23, 2017
Chairman of the Neptunea Award