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The AAW holds an annual contest for the "Best Chapter Newsletter" and "Best Chapter Website." Winners are publicly announced at the Annual International Symposium, recognized on the AAW website, and a follow-up announcement will appear in the American Woodturner journal. Deadline for nominations is April 1.

 

Chapter Best Newsletter

Submit a Nomination for Best Chapter Newsletter

Chapter Best Website

Submit a Nomination for Best Chapter Website

A. Contest Submissions

  • Local Chapters newsletter editors or a Chapter officer must nominate/submit their newsletters for the competition.
  • Chapters that wish to enter their newsletter in this year's competition must do so online.
  • Include the following information with your online submission: Send a link to your four best newsletters from the past year. Linked newsletters must be in pdf file format. Include the issue dates, Chapter name, the name and contact information for your newsletter editor.
  • You will receive an email verification that the online submission was received. 

 

B. Evaluation Process

  • Three chapters will be chosen as winners (first, second, third) based on ranking from the judging criteria listed below. The judges for the newsletter contest will be representatives from the AAW Communication Committee. 

 

C. Eligibility

  • Past first-place winners of the chapter newsletter contest have been inducted into AAW’s Hall of Fame, prominently honored on our website. To recognize the excellent work of the full range of AAW Chapters, first-place winners must wait three years before entering the competition again.
  • The Chapter must be registered as an AAW Chapter with the Saint Paul office.
  • Newsletters must be published within the past 12 months.

 

Click here to nominate your Chapter's newsletters.

 

D. Recognition

  • Winners will be contacted prior to the Symposium.
  • Announcements and recognition will be made through:

AAW website
American Woodturner journal
Annual International Symposium

 

 

E. Judges will be looking for:

  • Sound writing skills

  • Visually appealing layout
  • Content that is current
  • Content that pertains to woodturning
  • Content that supports and contributes to the AAW's mission
  • Useful woodturning, technical, safety, and news-related information

Above all, newsletters should be fun to read and provide useful information to members of the chapter they serve.

 

Click here to nominate your Chapter's newsletters.


Click here to view Hall of Fame of Past Winners


A. Contest Submissions

  • Chapter webmasters or a Chapter officer must submit their site for the competition.
  • Include your Chapter name, webmaster's name, webmaster's contact info, website address.
  • If your Chapter's site has security access features, please include a temporary password for the judge's use.
  • You will receive an email verification that the online submission was received.

 

B. Evaluation Process

  • Three websites will be chosen as winners (first, second, third place) based on the judging criteria listed in section "E" (below). Judging will be done by representatives from the AAW Communication Committee.

 

C. Eligibility

  • Past first-place winners of the chapter website contest have been inducted into AAW’s Hall of Fame, prominently honored on our website. To recognize the excellent work of the full range of AAW chapters, first-place winners must wait three years before entering the competition again.
  • The Chapter must be registered as an AAW Chapter with the Saint Paul office.
  • Websites must be online and available for viewing by April 1.
  • Websites must have a link to the AAW homepage from their homepage.

 

Click here to nominate your Chapter's website.

 

D. Recognition

  • Winners will be contacted prior to the AAW Symposium.
  • Announcements and recognition will be made through:

AAW website
American Woodturner journal
Annual International Symposium

 

 

E. Judges will be looking for:

  • Use of Technology: Appropriate use of scripting, styles, databases and search engines
  • Up-to-Date/Current Content: New information upfront, archive material available
  • Website Content: Contains useful woodturning technical, safety, and news-related information
  • Uniqueness/Personality: Good blend of design with appropriate appeal to woodturning audience
  • Cross Browser Compatibility: Site works with different browsers
  • AAW Mission: Content that supports and contributes to AAW's mission, including links to AAW

Above all, website entries should be fun to view and provide useful information to members of the chapter they serve.

 

Click here to nominate your Chapter's website.


Click here to view Hall of Fame of Past Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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