Reminder: Don’t forget your 2020 CAA & Pacesetter Awards applications!

As the days grow shorter and the end of the year approaches, I want to send some helpful reference information as you prepare your 2020 CAA and Pacesetter Award applications.

Community Achievement Award

The Community Achievement Award (CAA) recognizes a SIG/COP, professional, or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities.

The CAA application provides a fantastic roadmap that helps your community work toward goals throughout the year, and it is also a way to formally showcase the work your volunteers have done in your community. It recognizes activities completed during the 2020 calendar year, and all communities are encouraged to apply! The CAA process determines the “Most Improved Community” award and the prestigious “Community of the Year” award.

The CAA application is a Word document. You can submit your application in Word format, .PDF format, or any other format you feel most comfortable with, as long as you do not change the order or wording of the original application. When you are ready to submit the final application, you have a couple of options:

  1. Create a shared drive (Google Drive, Dropbox, other) and submit a Word document or zip file with the written responses and corresponding links to supporting evidence.  
  2. Include the application and supporting evidence in a zip file and send to the committee.
Please remember: read the guidelines carefully and check all links to supporting evidence before submitting your application.

Applications are due: 31 January 2021 

Get the application (Word doc) and guidelines here:

Community Pacesetter Award

STC’s Community Pacesetter Award recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives. Unlike the CAA award, which recognizes communities for consistent strength in many varied activities, the Pacesetter Award recognizes the successful implementation of a single beneficial innovation that may be shared with and implemented by other STC communities. During this unprecedented year, we have seen many examples where our community volunteers are finding new and innovative opportunities to connect, educate, and inspire our members. This is your chance to be recognized for those innovations! 

Applications are due: 31 January 2021 

Get the web form application and guidelines here: 

If you have any questions about the application process for these awards, please do not hesitate to contact me at

On behalf of the CAA and Pacesetter Awards Committee, sincere thanks to all of you for your dedication to the STC and for your incredible volunteer efforts throughout the year!

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season,

Alison Phillips
Chair, STC CAA and Pacesetter Awards Committee
Nominations Committee, STC Michigan Great Lakes Chapter