Are you aware that the Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) has six different awards to present to individuals each year? It wasn’t until recently that we had the opportunity to recognize individuals who have contributed to the success of our Certified Casting Instructors Program (CICP). That’s not to say that our members haven’t been recognized with other awards, but now we have some specific awards to be presented by the CBOG.
Nominations do not have to come from the CBOG. Although our Board is very diverse and come from all parts of the globe, we don’t know everybody, so if you think someone should be recognized, the criteria are outlined below for nomination and eligibility for these awards.
Our organization is on a volunteer basis and the success of the Casting Program is mainly due to the support and dedication of our members who believe in what we do. Sometimes all we can do is thank them for a job well done. Now we can give them an award in appreciation for outstanding service.
(See award listings, procedures, nomination form, and other deadlines below)
Below is a brief description of the six awards and the past recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement in Fly Casting Instruction Award is given by the FFI Casting Board of Governors in recognition of those who have made significant long term contributions to the art of fly casting instruction.
2016 - not awarded
2015 - Steve Rajeff
2014 - Bob Jacklin
2013 - Dennis Grant
2012 - Floyd Franke
2010 - Al Buhr
2009 - Al Kyte
2008 - Bruce Richards
2007 - Al & Barbara Rohrer
2006 - Leon Chandler
2005 - Jim Green
Recipients will be chosen based on their sustained contributions to fly casting instruction in many areas such as teaching, innovation in fly casting techniques, writing, motivation, sharing their knowledge of teaching, and development of the Casting Instructor Certification Program.
An award given by the Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) of FFI in recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the Casting Instructor Certification Program, have dedicated themselves to flycasting instruction and have shared their knowledge with others.
2017 - Tomonori "Bill" Higashi
2016 - Larry Allen
2015 - Steve Hollensed
2014 - Chuck Easterling
2014 - Jim Valle
Additional Criteria - that may be considered in selecting recipients of this award:
This award is to be given by the CBOG of theFFI CICP to honor an individual(s) who demonstrates these same traits and qualities while making significant contributions to advance the CICP.
2016 - David Diaz
2015 - Al Buhr
In order to be considered for this award a candidate(s) must have met at least one of the following criteria:
2015 - not awarded
Awarded to a FFI member or members for long and continued support of the Certified Casting Instructor Program (CICP) through mentoring. Mentoring involves sharing casting knowledge voluntarily with individuals groups, or clubs to perfect members casting skills. Mentoring also includes assisting and preparing members toward FFI instructor certifications (CI, MCI, THCI) through casting sessions (individual or group) to further improve the candidate’s casting knowledge and skills. Mentoring helps advance the CICP by educating and recruiting members into the instructor ranks, as well as advancing CIs into the MCI and THCI instructor corps.
Governor's Pins are awarded by the CBOG Chair annually and are awarded at his/her discretion. This award is not a ballot item.
2016 - Thomas Berggren
2015 - Chuck Easterling
2014 - Rick Williams
2013 - Dave Barron
2012 - Hutch Hutchinson
2011 - Jerk Sonnichsen
Lars Christian Bentsen
2010 - Barbara Wuebber
1. The Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) Awards Committee Chair and committee members will be appointed by the CBOG Chair.
2. Nominations for each award shall be submitted electronically to the Awards Committee and must be received no later than March 15th. Nominations should include the full name of the person being nominated, their current address and phone number (if available) and a detailed description of the reasons why the person being nominated should be considered for the award. Click here to submit a nomination.
3. A nominator need not be a Fly Fishers International (FFI) member.
4. For those CBOG awards that require a nominee to be a member of the Casting Instructor Certified Program (CICP) and a FFI member, the Awards Committee will confirm the individual is a member in good standing in the FFI and within the CICP. This includes checking that membership dues are up-to-date and there are no previous or on-going Ethics Committee sanctions.
5. All nomination documents are sent by the Awards Committee to the CBOG Chair and the CBOG Executive Committee (Excom) for review to insure candidates meet award criteria by April 1st. Nominees must receive a simple majority affirmative vote of the Excom to be placed on the ballot for the CBOG. Should there be a tie with respect to votes by the ExCom for a nominee’s inclusion in the ballot, then the ExCom will vote again with an odd number of members voting. The CBOG Chair will determine the members that vote to break the tie.
6. The CBOG Awards Committee will generate a ballot based upon the vote of the Excom and that ballot shall be sent to the full CBOG by May 1st.
7. There may be more than one recipient for an award.
8. Ballots will be returned by the CBOG members to the Casting Coordinator by June 1st.
9. Presentation of the award will be determined by an affirmative two thirds majority vote of the CBOG.
10. Once voting is completed and the votes are tallied, the Casting Coordinator submits the final voting results to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee Chair will inform the CBOG Chair of the final results of the ballot.
11. The CBOG Chair will report the results to the CBOG by June 15th.
12. The Awards Committee Chair will notify the award recipient(s), who will receive a certificate. A permanent plaque displayed at FFI Headquarters will list the award recipients.
13. The CBOG Chair will award the Governor’s Pin. FFI members may also recommend recipients for a governors pin. Recipients will receive a pin and certificate, but no permanent plaque is displayed.