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spirit of excellence award

The Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award recognizes the contributions of an individual or group who has demonstrated Leadership, Customer Service, Innovation, Stewardship, or Good Samaritan/Random Acts of Kindness actions within Stark County, North Dakota.

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recipients

OCTOBER 2021

Congratulations Art Wanner!

It is with distinct honor and privilege that we announce that Art Wanner, a veteran of Dickinson, has been presented with the Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award.

Art is a charter member and Vice President of the Stark County Veterans Memorial Association, overseeing the planning, fundraising, and completion of the memorial. Art is the leader of American Legion Post 3 Honor Guard, thus performing military rites at veterans funerals. He supervises the Legion's food pantry for local veterans in need. Art has also nominated veterans for ND Honor Flights to Washington, DC.

He is actively involved in recognizing our veterans for the Quilts of Valor program in Southwest North Dakota. Art also belongs to other veteran organizations, as well as church and civic organizations. He is a soft spoken, kind, and humble man.

Congratulations, Art Wanner! We thank you for your service to your country, to veterans, and to Stark County. The impact that Art has made on Stark County and beyond has been significant and will carry on for many years to come.

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AUGUST 2021

Congratulations Ruthie Johnson!

Ruthie Johnson of Belfield, ND has been honored as the August 2021 recipient of the Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award.

Ruthie has given tirelessly of her time and talents for many years on her own and through numerous volunteer organizations and activities. She is positive, giving, and has touched the lives of so many within our county and beyond. 

Congratulations, Ruthie, on your well-deserved award!

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JUNE 2021

Congratulations Anika Sayler!

 

17-year old Dickinson, ND resident, Anika Sayler is the June recipient of the Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award. She is a remarkable and humble young lady who epitomizes what this award program represents.

A real hero, Anika performed CPR to save a man's life after a rollover accident. Her bravery and selflessness did not go unnoticed by the Stark County Mayors, as they selected her as June's award recipient out of 34 submitted nominations.

Congratulations, Anika! You will continue to do amazing things. YOU are truly a Spirit of Excellence!

View the June 2021 donors.

APRIL 2021

Congratulations Jayne Ketterling!

We are pleased to announce Jayne Ketterling, a Dickinson, ND resident, as the incredible April recipient of the Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award!

Within two days, she arranged a pre-Christmas food drive in 2020. In less than a week, she was able to collect over 11,000 pounds of food, toiletries, cash, and gift cards just in time for Christmas for the AMEN Food Pantry.

Jayne went above and beyond at the most special time of the year to ensure local families had what they needed for an enjoyable Christmas. Congratulations, Jayne!!

View the April 2021 donors.

FEBRUARY 2021

Congratulations Tom Tessier and Jack Schaff!

It is with great honor that we announce Jack Schaff and Tom Tessier of Belfield, ND as the first recipients of the Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award.

 

Jack and Tom's heroic actions led to the rescue of a trapped mother and her baby after a rollover accident. Congratulations, Jack and Tom, on being true Spirits of Excellence!!

 

View the February 2021 donors.

overview

The Stark County Spirit of Excellence Awards Committee (SCSEAC) values the contributions of all individuals and supports recognition activities. The SCSEAC Awards Program recognizes one outstanding person or group whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the SCSEAC’s mission.

 

Oversight and Evaluation

  1. The SCSEAC Directors will appoint a SCSEAC Awards Team to evaluate the SCSEAC Awards Program.
     

  2. The nominations will be provided to the SCSEAC Awards Team in blind format. The SCSEAC Awards Team will review the nominations with all names removed from the nomination form, providing for a fair evaluation process.
     

  3. The SCSEAC will actively promote nominations of its county-wide award. Methods of solicitation are outlined in the Communication section of the SCSEAC Awards Program.

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Mission
To recognize the contributions of an individual or group who has demonstrated Leadership, Customer Service, Innovation, Stewardship, or Good Samaritan/Random Acts of Kindness actions within Stark County, ND.

 

Consideration
To be considered for the Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award, an individual or group must make a deliberate, obvious, and valuable contribution through actions, demonstrated by a consistent pattern of behavior, exhibited over time, in one or more of the following service areas:

Leadership

  • Actively involved in mentorship and development of community members.

  • Led an effective team or organization to achieve results.

  • Actively involved in implementing a new service, evolving an existing service, or leading a business practice through change.

  • Volunteered to take on extra responsibilities.

  • Handled an emergency or unexpected situation in an outstanding manner.

Customer Service

  • Demonstrated a positive attitude, exceptional effort or performance that increased citizen, customer, and/or client satisfaction that benefited the community.

  • Went above and beyond to eliminate barriers for clients by effectively and efficiently communicating, collaborating, and addressing client needs.
     

Innovation

  • Developed non-traditional, new ways to do business, marketing, leadership, or other forms of community advancement.

  • Streamlined processes or systems.

  • Developed creative ideas or solutions to problems.

 

Stewardship

  • Provided selfless service within an organization, business, or community entity.

  • Conducted skillful management that resulted in a successful organization, business, or community entity.
     

Good Samaritan/Random Acts of Kindness

  • Contributed to a heroic act.

  • Performed a noble act(s) to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to bring joy to another. 

Award Details
Spirit of Excellence Awards are presented bi-monthly to one recipient or group in one of the five service areas listed above. Presentation of an award is dependent on the Awards Team determining that at least one nomination meets the established criteria.

An individual or group cannot nominate himself/herself as an individual or a group.


Nominations of Individuals or Groups
Any individual or group, whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the SCSEAC’s vision and mission can be nominated for a Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award.

 

Nomination Process

Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award nominations can be made by anyone and must be submitted on behalf of any member or group from Stark County, North Dakota. Nomination forms are available by emailing award@starkcountynd.gov and at www.starkcountysheriffnd.com.

 

The nomination form may be submitted electronically or returned to the SCSEAC Awards Team via the above methods by the identified deadlines. Nominators will be notified of the nomination’s status after the nominations have been reviewed and the award recipient has been selected. Nominees who are not selected to receive a Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award will be carried over to the following bi-monthly awards.
 

Award Team
The Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award Team consists of the Mayors of the Stark County communities of Belfield, Dickinson, Gladstone, Richardton, South Heart, and Taylor.

Award Deadlines

Return nomination form to the location where you received the form or submit electronically at www.starkcountysheriffnd.com. Submission deadlines for each period: February 15, April 15, June 15, August 15, October 15, and/or December 15.

Questions and Award Program Details
Review the Awards program details at www.starkcountysheriffnd.com or at www.Facebook.com/StarkCountySpiritofExcellenceAward. Email questions to award@starkcountynd.gov or call 701-290-1640.

The Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award is endorsed by the Stark County Commission and by all Mayors in Stark County.

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Stark County Spirit of Excellence Award
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