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Carol Stewart-Smith presented special "President's Award" for extraordinary service to NW ACDA

stewart-smithNW ACDA's treasurer for the past fourteen years,, Carol Stewart-Smith, was awarded a special plaque in recognition for her outstanding service to the organization.

Carol's response: "What an incredible surprise!  I was deeply moved to be honored by the people for whom I have so much respect."

She has been an integral part of the NWACDA board, always ready with accurate reports and skillful in dealing with all aspects of conference budgets, timely payments of ACDA bills, and has often been commended by the national office for her work.

She was appointed to the position by then President Thomas Miller in 1996. Up to that point treasurers were appointed to two year terms, as with other officers.

During that time, incoming president Connie Branton and Carol attended a training session at the national office in Oklahoma and noted that other divisions took advantage of the experience gained by their treasurers in extended appointments. Carol agreed to this concept and has now served under seven presidents!petersoncomments

Richard Nance, current president says, "On the national level our division has been recognized on a regular basis for the way we have been good at managing our money.  I know that all the division presidents with which she has worked would directly credit Carol for this.  She has been a constant in an organization where the CEO turns over every two years, and she has helped each officer build and maintain a healthy budget.  Carol is not afraid to ask questions, she is approachable for advice, and she is incredibly efficient.  We certainly would not be where we are without Carol!"

Karen Fulmer, a NW Past-President and now President-Elect-Designate for the national ACDA, said, "Carol's work as treasurer for the Northwestern Division represents the highest degree of financial professionalism and serves as the one thread of continuity from one elected leadership team to the next.  Not only adding a spark of fun to meetings, Carol's knowledge and guidance have enabled officers to bring creative ideas to fruition, enhancing offerings to our membership.  She is a dedicated and endeared member of the NW leadership team, so deserving of this service award." 

In planning for the 2010 conference officers agreed that a special "President's Award" would be appropriate to recognize Carol for her service. Immediate past-president, Scott Peterson, presented the award Thursday, March 11, 2010.