Official Member Award Recipients
1987 Paula Sauvadon
1988 Ben Seykora
1989 John Mallory
1990 Al Sauvadon
1991 Arnita Moon
1993 Jan Wright
1994 Larry Laxson
1995 Bill Martin
1996 Bob Wigginton
1998 Don Fowler
1999 Nikki Hughes
2000 Doug Snyder
2001 Tom Carroll
2002 Clarence Hutchison
2004 Jo Ann Miller
2006 Mary Birmingham
2007 Carol Edwards
2008 Pam Zanze
2009 Janet Hutchison
2010 Elizabeth Gregory
2014 Reggie Foley
2015 Doug Smith
2018 Sam Anderson
2020 Nanette Rondeau
2021 Tony Lavezzo
Associate Member Award Repcipients
1988 Del Schweiger
1990 Bob Pollard
1991 Barney Finlay
1995 Chuck Ashley
2010 Essa Hall
2011 Monica Chairez
2013 Damon Anglin
2015 Don Blakeney
Professional Member Award Recipients
1987 Ginger Channell
1988 Claire Delfino
1989 Betty Stevens
1990 Anne McCracken
1991 Retta McCurdy
1993 Faye Smith
1994 Judy Farley
1999 Anna Bleich
2000 Janet Ream
2005 Gina Morse
2008 Yolanda Takacs
2010 Donna King
Student / Retired Member Award Recipient
1995 Tassina Elder
1995 Rich Burgi
2000 Larry Sherrill
2003 Dale D’Avignon
2008 Frank Klepach
2010 Joan Achuff
2011 Betty Manwill
2017 Greg Straw
2019 Barbara Terry
2020 Ellen Johnson
The purpose of the CASTO Member of the Year Awards program is to promote a greater appreciation of CASTO members by the public at large, and to honor their outstanding service to CASTO.
The presentation of the awards will be made at CASTO’s Annual Conference.
The award recipient for each category will be a guest of the Association with one day and one-night expenses paid at the Annual Conference for the Award Presentation.
If the award recipient is unable to be present, the award will be presented to the appropriate chapter president.
The award recipient shall be presented with a traveling plaque, properly inscribed, to keep on display for the year and returned to the organization before the next year’s conference.
The award recipient will also be awarded an individual plaque to retain in his/her possession.
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The district superintendent, company owner, or other representative will be invited to witness the presentation of the award.
Nomination forms will be provided to each chapter at the November board meeting of each year, with additional copies obtainable upon request to the State President.
All information requested on the nomination forms must be provided with all pages of the forms returned intact. Failure to provide the requested information or submission of an incomplete nomination form will be cause for disqualification.
To aid in impartial judging of all the candidates, the name and identification of the candidate and chapter shall appear only on the nomination form Part I.
Nomination forms must be mailed to the address indicated on the nomination form and postmarked no later than the date indicated.
The CASTO Member of the Year Committee shall consist of one (1) chairperson, appointed by the State President, who must be a current member.
The chairperson shall be responsible for program administration.
The CASTO Member of the Year Committee chairperson will appoint two (2) judges to select the award recipient for each category.
A judge must be a current Official member of CASTO and should have at least five (5) years prior membership experience.
The chairperson will be responsible to verify all information used in connection with selecting the final candidate for each category.
Candidates will be judged based on outstanding achievement above and beyond that expected of an individual within the category.
Achievement must be directly related to CASTO and/or the school bus transportation industry.
All criteria will be judged based on the opinion of the judges.
The candidate in each category, who in the opinion of the judges reached the highest level of # 4 above will be selected for the award.
No award will be presented if all candidates fail to meet #4 above.
Only one award will be given for each category.
Once the judges select the award recipient for each category, the results will be shared only with the awards committee chairperson.
The identity of each award recipient will be kept confidential among the committee members until the chairperson at the Annual State Conference presents the awards.
Securement of the traveling plaques and the purchase of the individual plaques shall be coordinated with the State President without revealing the identity of the award recipients.
(NOTE: Number four (4) above is very important in relation to the actual judging. It is recommended that the three (3) people filling out the nomination form concentrate heavily on one or two achievements, that can be identified by the judges as above and beyond what can be expected of an individual.)
The candidate must be a current member of CASTO and have been a member for at least three (3) previous years.
Members of the Member of the Year Committee, and judges, are not eligible for the award.
A candidate cannot have been a previous award winner in the same award category.