The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) presents to a deserving community member the Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award at the Annual Spring Breakfast, on May 5, 2017. The Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award was awarded for the first time in 1998 in memory of Shippee’s leadership and his commitment to volunteerism. Shippee, the founder of the GSFABA, has been a shining example to everyone. Marvin has offered inspired leadership and had direct involvement to countless community projects.

2019 Nomination Form

Award Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate volunteerism above and beyond the recipient’s paid employment. The award should recognize service in the Shelburne Falls Area which includes Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne. The recipient is preferred to be a resident of the 10-town Shelburne Area, but not required.

The following criteria have been set to guide the Award Committee but not be exclusive if additional criteria are deemed appropriate:

  • Level of community service
  • Level of impact on the community
  • Length of service (allowing for the possibility of youth nominees)

The recipient should:

  • Demonstrate inspired leadership and involvement in community projects and be a “get- the-job-done person.”
  • Be a respected member of their town and community for their contributions
  • Be an individual, group, business, or organization.

It is preferred that the recipient:

  • Be a resident of the 10-town Shelburne Falls Area, but not required.
  • Be someone who has aided the GSFABA in an important way such as positively impacting the business climate or other way consistent with the SFABA mission.

Former recipients of the award are not eligible to receive the award again.

Former Recipients

Michael McCusker, 1998; Marion J. Taylor, 1998; Rolland Gifford, 1999; Dorothy Giffin, 1999; Carol Bolduc, 2000; Susan Samoriski, 2001; Bernie Butler, 2002; Mark Zenick, 2003; Dick and Jeanne Bole, 2004; Ruth Anderson, 2005; Wesley Rice, 2006; Dr. Mark Purinton, 2007; Polly Bartlett, 2008; Hugh Knox, 2009: Lawrence Shearer; 2010; Stefan Racz, 2011; John Taylor, 2012; Thomas Lively, 2013; John Bos, 2014; Sandy Lilly, 2015; Doug Cranson, 2016

2019 Nomination Form

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