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How does SDA recognize excellence in its members and chapters?

Members and chapters that meet specific criteria and exemplify the core values of SDA are eligible for 3 main awards - Chapter Excellence Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Star Award.

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Chapter Excellence

When reviewing the submissions, the jury considers the Chapter's best practices in six different areas for the previous year including:

  • Best Membership Campaign
  • Best Membership Retention Outreach
  • Best Educational Program
  • Best Networking/Social Event
  • Best Fundraising Effort
  • Best Communication Tool

Congratulations to the Seattle Chapter, our most recent Chapter Excellence Award winner. Click here learn more about the 2019 winner, read some of the jury comments, and access all CEA submission.


CEA CriteriaCEA Jury Checklist

Lifetime Achievement

This prestigious award is presented annually to a member who has made continued and significant contributions to the SDA throughout their membership.

Evaluation is based on the descriptive essay of the nominee’s achievements, letter of reference from nominee’s supervisor and/or professional peer, and volume and type of SDA involvement. Click here to learn more about our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Carole Sanderson, CDFA from Cleveland, Ohio. See the list of all prior Lifetime Achievement Award Winners here.

LTA Criteria & Rules

Star Member

The purpose of this award is to recognize the service and dedication of an individual to Society for Design Administration.

It is given for significant contributions to the membership of a Chapter or the entire Society through participation in and support of its meetings and publications, fundraising, recruitment, or other significant activities. Learn more about our 2018 Star Award winners here. 

Star Submission Form

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