In 2008 the MSA began recognizing extraordinary performance by Individuals and Chapters through the presentation of Founders Awards.
There are four criteria for nominations; award for community service, chapter excellence, individual member and demonstration of a heroic act. Every year the Executive Board accepts and evaluates nominations.
This year two individuals were honored during the Thursday evening virtual Awards presentation. Congratulations to Sam Cooney (nominated by the North Central Valley Chapter) and Mario Orioli (nominated by the Inland Empire/Desert Chapter) for being recognized with the prestigious Founders Award.
Sam Cooney, from the North Central Valley Chapter, was honored for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the Chapter. Since joining in 2009, he has been an integral part of the Chapter's success. He has served in all chapter officer positions, along with being named chapter "Superintendent of the Year" in 2013. He also served on the 2019 NCVC Conference Committee. Sam currently works for the City of West Sacramento, where is the Parks & Grounds Superintendent.
Mario Orioli was also presented with a Founders Award. He has been a member of the IE/Desert Chapter since the early 80's and despite being retired for the past 11 years, he has continued to serve the Chapter. In both 2012 and 2018, he was the Conference Registration Chair. Mario held every Chapter Board position, including being the Chapter President twice, in 1993 and 1998. The Chapter also named him "Manager of the Year" twice, in 1995 and 2001.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding gentlemen. Recognition well deserved!