As summer winds down, it’s time to kick off NCA’s 2018 volunteer recognition program. This year we presented the 2017 awards – Lifetime Achievement, Volunteer of the Year, and Honorary Lifetime Membership – to exceptional NCA volunteers who made major contributions to the association and the U.S. coffee industry.
It’s now time to nominate 2018’s honorees. Chances are, you’ve worked with NCA volunteers who deserve special recognition. Please don’t let their contributions go unrecognized! Submit your nominations today, before we reach the September 15 deadline.
By William (Bill) Murray, President & CEO, NCA
Volunteers building a bee habitat at the NCA 2015 Coffee Gives Back Day of Service
Over the past seven months, as we’ve been communicating more about what’s happening at the NCA, we’re increasingly getting questions about engagement – or, to put it another way, we’re being asked by our members “How can I get involved with the NCA?”
There are a lot of good reasons to get involved. For starters, did you know that people who volunteer live longer?
When you couple this with research – covered by The New York Times – suggesting that people who drink coffee may live longer, one might conclude that if you drink coffee AND volunteer you’ve got a lot of upside.
That’s even before you consider that volunteering will help you make some great networking connections, gain experience for your resume, raise your profile and give you the satisfaction of helping your colleagues and industry association.
Ron Contaxis at the NCA 2015 Annual Convention
Nominations for NCA Awards are due September 15 – learn more.
“This year’s Volunteer of the Year recipient was nominated because of his enthusiasm, his dedication, his willingness to step up and take on any task that needs doing,” said Bruce Goldsmith, Chairman of the NCA Board and President, Baronet Coffee, Inc., at the NCA 2015 Annual Convention in Charleston, S.C. on March 13, 2015.
Despite his legendary dedication, Ron Contaxis, vice president of sales, Wilbur Curtis Company, claims that he doesn’t deserve all the credit.