James Eike Service Award
In 1983, the Virginia Society of Ornithology Board of Directors approved the James Eike Service Award, named in honor of James Eike, a member of the Virginia Society of Ornithology from 1933 until his death in 1983. Eike’s long and faithful service, his dedication, and his enthusiasm in promoting the work of the VSO gave him a unique status in the organization. The recipient is recognized by the presentation of a silver Raven pin. The James Eike Service Award is given to recognize a VSO member for outstanding service to the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Eligibility for consideration would include service as an officer, board member, foray director, field trip leader, or other contributions to the organization.
The James Eike Service Award was initially presented at the 1984 Annual Meeting hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club at the Chamberlayne Hotel, Hampton. The first pin was given to Claire Eike, in honor of her late husband for whom the award was named.
The Eike Service Award Committee is soliciting nominations for the award. Nominators should send a letter of nomination giving the rationale behind the nomination. In addition two letters of support are required. These materials should be sent to Robert Ake rake_AT_cox.net by February 1, 2015. The committee will review all nomination packets and make its recommendation to the VSO Board in the spring with the award itself being presented at the 2015 VSO Annual Meeting.