Award of Merit v2

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1.
Objects:
1.1. To recognise the services of a person who has done outstanding work for the promotion, organisation and administration of the hobby of philately and/or deltiology in New Zealand on a national or regional basis, OR
1.2. To recognise a person whose outstanding research in philately or deltiology has been published for the general good of philately or deltiology.
2.
Criteria
2.1. Nominees entered under Object 1.1
2.1.1 Must have made outstanding contributions to the hobby in an administrative area beyond the confines of their society/club such as the realm of regional exhibitions or conventions or on a national scale where their qualifications are beyond that of the ‘Award for Service’ or such that they would not qualify for the ‘Award of Honour’.
2.1.2 Members who have worked hard for their own local society/club over many years would not normally qualify for an award. Societies should recognise the work of these persons by an award of life membership or its equivalent.
2.2. Nominees entered under Object 1.2
2.2.1. The research of the nominee must have been published in one or more papers or books on philately or deltiology which are available for study or purchase by people in the hobby.
2.2.2. All publications of the nominee which concern the research shall be listed on the nomination form including publication and date of publication and each publication shall disclose all authorities from which the author has derived any information on the subject of their paper. To receive an award the author must show some original research of their own.
2.2.3. The principal consideration for granting an award under Object 1.2 is whether the research has made a significant impact on the knowledge available to philately or deltiology.
2.2.4. In evaluating the significance of the research, the New Zealand Philatelic Federation (Federation) executive committee and the awards committee will be heavily guided by whether the publications which document the research have won awards in the literature class of national and recognized international exhibitions.
2.2.5. To be considered for an award under Object 1.2, the research of the nominee must have been published or otherwise made available to people in the hobby within the previous five years
2.3. The nominee must be a member of a Federation member society and may not be a serving member of the Federation executive committee.
2.4.  An ‘Award of Merit’ granted under Object 1.1 will only be made once to any person. In the case of awards under Object 1.2, the granting of such an award to any person under this category will not disqualify him/her from being eligible for nomination for a further award provided the research basis of the subsequent nomination is in a significantly different area of philatelic knowledge than the research which formed the basis of the first award.
3.
Procedure
3.1 Nominations may only be made by a financial member society of Federation.
3.2. Nominations must be on the prescribed form and be accompanied by a full and adequate statement of the status and qualifications of the person so nominated.
3.3. The nominating member society shall on request produce to the secretary of Federation such further evidence as may be required to confirm any qualifications or other statement contained in the nomination form.
3.4. Nominations will be considered in July of each year and must be in the hands of the Federation secretary by 30 June.
3.5. The Federation executive committee will appoint an awards committee normally consisting of the Federation president, the Federation secretary plus one other person who shall not be a serving member of the executive committee. The awards committee will consider all award nominations and make recommendations to the executive committee whether to make the award or not.
3.6. The decision of the Federation executive committee shall be final. However, member societies may re-nominate persons whose nomination has been unsuccessful.
3.7. The ‘Award of Merit’ shall be in the form of a certificate and a lapel badge incorporating the design of the badge of Federation. The badge will be bronze, with a black star.
3.8. Awards are preferably presented by a serving member of the Federation executive committee at the first suitable opportunity after the executive committee has approved the award (normally at their July meeting each year).
3.9 A record of the awards shall be kept by Federation.
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Alteration
These rules may be added to, amended or rescinded at any time by Federation.