Area 5 established a Distinguished Service Award in 2003 as a way to recognize those members who have made significant contributions to handbell ringing in Area 5.
Members of Area 5 nominate individuals, a committee of three reviews the nominations, and the Board approves the candidate(s) to receive the award.
- Be an active member of the Handbell Musicians of America.
- Be recognized for making outstanding contributions to the art of handbell ringing in Area 5. This should include extended time commitments in activities that greatly exceed normal expectations or are generally perceived as significant.
- Have performed leadership roles at local, state, and/or Area 5 levels.
- Not be currently serving on the Area 5 Board of Directors.
Area 5 Distinguished Service Award Recipients
|2003||Rena Leatherman, June Hannah, Janet Van Valey|
|2004||Vonna Cole, Alice Ralston|
|2005||Martha Avery, Tim Waugh|
|2013||Jane McFadden, JR Smith|