Nominations open for Community Awards

The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) seeks to honor those who have contributed to the Motley and Staples communities with the opening of nominations for its Community Awards. 

“We have so many deserving women and men as well as organizations in the Motley and Staples area,” said Mary Jo Hofer, co-chair of the SMACF awards committee. “We really want to recognize and honor them for their contributions.”

The Community Awards Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at Ted & Gen’s in Aldrich.

Both Hofer and co-chair Curt McIlravy emphasized that people can submit a nomination a second or third time if that nominee was not chosen the first year he or she was nominated.

“Because we have so many women and men who merit these awards, we cannot recognize them all in one year,” Hofer said. “We encourage you to submit the nomination again.”

“The more information you can give us, the better,” added McIlravy. “It is very helpful to the selection committee if you can give specific details and examples of why you feel your nominee is worthy of the award.”

Nominations will be accepted now through July 15 in six categories. Those categories are:

o Distinguished Citizen

o Outstanding Group or Organization

o Outsstanding Business 

o Outsanding Youth

o The Duane R. Lund Award for Lifetime Achievement

o Chairman’s Award 

The Chairman’s Award can be suggested by the person submitting the nomination. Possibilities might include: Volunteer of Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Educator, Police Officer, Firefighter, Medical Person, Farmer, Child Care Provider, etc., anything that does not fit into the other five categories.

“The nomination for Outstanding Youth can be a graduating senior, but it doesn’t have to be,” said McIlravy. “He or she can be a youth of any age who has enhanced the quality of life for people in our communities, whether through membership in organizations such as FFA or Scouting or through specific events during the past year.”

Nomination forms should include the following:

o Contact information (name, address, phone number and email address) of the individual or organization making the nomination.

o Contact information of the individual, group, business or organization being nominated.

o A response to the following question: How has the individual or group contributed to the well-being of the Staples Motley Area Communities? As noted previously, details and examples are appreciated.

Nomination forms should be sent to the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 101, Staples, MN 56479.

Additional information and nomination forms can be found on the SMACF website at or by contacting Mary Jo Hofer, 218-894-1152; or Curt McIlravy, 218-352-2325 about the nomination process. A complete list of past recipients can also be found on the foundation’s website. 

Nomination forms can also be picked up in Staples at Staples City Hall, Staples World, Staples Public Library, Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank, Staples Motley High School principal’s office and Staples Elementary School principal’s office. In Motley they can be picked up at Motley City Hall and the Motley Staples Middle School principal’s office. 

 The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation is a component fund in partnership with the Initiative Foundation.

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