The Michigan Trout Unlimited Chapter of the Year Award is granted to the chapter that most closely reflects the ideals of Trout Unlimited.
The chapter of the year should be considered as a role model for all state chapters to emulate. This is an annual award. It will be granted based upon the activities and achievements of the preceding fiscal year, not for historic achievements. Because of its annual nature, the award may be presented to a chapter for consecutive years if the recognized achievements occurred in a separate years. The award, however, will not be granted to the same chapter for more than two consecutive years.
Consideration should be given to total chapter achievements, as opposed to a single event or program. Although only one chapter is selected for this award, consideration will be given to all chapters that are nominated, have shown improvements and have achieved a minimal level of success. These chapters will be recognized with an “Outstanding Service Award” at our annual awards presentations ceremony.
The Order of the Grayling recognizes and marks the death of a Michigan Conservationist who in his or her own right was considered to be a valuable resource to the cold water fisheries of the state and was recognized for their efforts.
This award is reserved for those individuals whose impact was felt at a statewide or national level. This induction will be limited to the following individuals.
The Order of the Hexagenia is an honorary group. Individuals recognized are inducted as lifetime members. The award need not be annual in nature. Should no individual merit induction, none should be inducted.
The Order of the Caddis (a.k.a. member of the year) is not an award, but a “Hall of Fame” which recognizes Michigan Trout Unlimited’s most active, effective and valued member. Induction into the Order of the Caddis is a recognition bestowed upon individual(s), and is a lifetime honor.
The inductee(s) must have made a significant contribution to Michigan Trout Unlimited as a member of the Board of Directors or someone who has provided exemplary service on a statewide level. On the other hand, high levels of chapter activity should be recognized by individual chapters.
The recognition need not be annual in nature. Should no individual merit induction, none should be inducted. No member will be inducted more than once.
The Art Neumann Award may be presented to any individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the overall mission and/or vision of Michigan Trout Unlimited. This award is meant to apply to situations that are not currently covered by other existing awards categories or criteria. Nominations for this award are open from any Michigan TU member to the Awards Committee or the Executive Committee. Should this nomination fall outside of the normal time frame of the Awards Committees’ work and received by the Executive Committee, a consensus of the Executive Committee members would be needed to approve this recognition.
The recognition need not be annual in nature. Should no individual or group merit induction, none should be inducted.