Florida Society of American Foresters

Florida Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame


Section 1. The honor society shall be known as the Florida Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame, hereinafter the Hall of Fame.

Section 2. The Hall of Fame is a function of and sponsored by the Florida Division, Southeastern Society of American Foresters, hereinafter the Florida Division.

Section 3. The objective, purpose, or intent of the Hall of Fame is to honor residents or former residents of Florida, living or deceased, who have made outstanding contributions to the forestry profession in Florida, other states, or internationally. It is the intent of the Florida Division that election to the Hall of Fame shall be the highest honor and recognition of professional service a forester may receive in Florida.

  1. In recognition of this high honor, the Hall of Fame program will be adequately financed from the Florida Division's treasury and by donations from its members. No solicitations will be made outside Division membership.


Section 1. Supervision and election of nominees to the Hall of Fame is the responsibility and duty of a standing committee, the "Florida Foresters Hall of Fame Committee," hereinafter the Committee, as provided in paragraph L, Article 8 of the bylaws of the Florida Division.

Section 2. The Committee shall consist of five members with staggered terms of five years each. The senior member, (5th year term) shall Chair the Committee.

  1. Committee members must be Florida residents and active members of the Florida Division with a minimum of ten years professional forestry practice.
  2. The term of office of the Committee Chair shall be concurrent with that of Florida Division officers, except Secretary/Treasurer.
  3. Each year the Chair, Florida Division, will appoint at the annual Florida Division meeting, or as soon thereafter as possible, one new Committee member, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, Florida Division, to replace the retiring Committee Chair.
  4. In case of vacancies, for any reason, the Chair, Florida Division, shall appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.

Section 1. The Committee will hold an annual meeting to consider candidates nominated for election to the Hall of Fame. Other meetings may be called if considered necessary by the Committee Chair.

  1. The annual meeting shall be timed to allow receipt of nominations and notify the Chair, Florida Division, of meeting results and those candidates elected to the Hall of Fame by July 1 each year.
  2. Detailed meeting minutes will be kept by the secretary, a committee member appointed by the Committee Chair.
  3. The Committee will keep an annual file of all business transacted to be passed to each successive Committee Chair. Inactive, past files shall be forwarded to the Keeper of the Archives (Florida Division Archives Committee Chair), the permanent record repository at the Specials Collection Room of Smathers Library, University of Florida.

Section 2. The Committee will encourage nominations from Florida Division members at professional meetings, through professional media, and other means

Section 3. The Committee shall discuss in closed session the qualifications of each candidate from personal knowledge and the supporting documentation supplied by the nominators.

  1. Each nomination shall remain active for three years. If the Candidate is not elected in the initial year, the nominee will be considered with updated documentation for two additional years. Following three years consideration without election, the nominee will be considered inactive. The nominator will be so advised by the Committee Chair. Further consideration shall necessitate the renomination.

Section 4. Following thorough individual discussions of all active candidates, the Committee will vote, by written ballot, on the candidate's eligibility to the Hall of Fame. A candidate must receive a unanimous affirmative vote to be elected.

  1. A preference of 0, 1, 2, 3, etc., is available to each committee member. A "0" vote by any member for any candidate automatically excludes this candidate from election for that election period. Each committee member can then vote a preference, using the preference scale; a "1" receiving the highest consideration, a "2" receiving the next highest consideration, and a "3" receiving the lowest consideration. Upon completion of voting, the preference voted for each candidate by each member is totaled and divided by five. The candidate with the lowest average voting preference is the first inductee, with the second lowest voting preference being the second inductee, etc. The voting procedure must allow for a preferential gradient on the ballot as follows:
  2. Only three candidates can be elected to the Hall of Fame in any given year, except for the first two years (2002 and 2003), when the limitation is waived to provide for enshrinement of deceased foresters, as soon as possible. These three will be decided by the preference ballot. Ties may necessitate a second ballot.
  3. Those candidates with favorable ballots, but with voting gradients greater than the third level, must be considered the following year provided this was not their third year of consideration.
  4. In some years only one, two, or no one may be elected. This is left to the discretion of the Committee.

Section 5. The Committee Chair will notify the Florida Division Chair of those elected immediately following the annual Committee meeting and not later than July 1 so the following actions may be taken:

  1. Inform those elected to the Hall of Fame of their honor and the time and place of their induction at the annual meeting of the Florida Division.
  2. Only the Chair, Florida Division, or his designee, will initially contact those elected (if the elected is deceased the closest survivor will be contacted) or make public through the media or other means the election results before induction.
  3. The Committee Chair will Notify the Keeper of the Archives, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida so that the Keeper may:
    a) Obtain an 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph of each inductee for permanent record.
    b) Obtain an appropriate plaque to be presented to each member elected to the Hall of Fame at induction at the annual meeting, Florida Division.
    c) Obtain the appropriate plaque to be displayed at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida.
    d) Obtain a suitable biography, documenting the inductee's professional contributions, to be placed in the permanent record repository (see Article 1, Section 1, Item 3).
    e) Facilitate appropriate publicity for the recognizing inductee(s).


Section 1. Any current or former Florida resident, living or deceased, who is, or has been, a member of the Society of American Foresters and has made outstanding contributions to the forestry profession. Outstanding contributions to forestry may be recognized in a limited area of influence and operation as well as state-wide, nationally, or internationally.

  1. "Forestry" shall be considered in its broadcast sense including those disciplines supporting or relating to "forest resources." These individuals may be nominated providing they have the residence and membership requirements stated above in this section.
  2. Character, integrity, and contributions to the community in which the forester resides shall also be considered.

Section 2. Current officers of the Florida Division and members of the Hall of Fame will not be eligible for nomination during their terms.


Section 1. Any active member of the Florida Division can nominate an eligible candidate. Nominations will be made in proper form to the Chair, Florida Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame Committee. Nominations must be endorsed by at least four active Florida division members in addition to the principal nominator.

  1. The nomination must be accompanied by a brief biography and detailed professional resume not exceeding 1500 words documenting the candidate's professional contributions. Awards, honors, and professional activities (SAF and others) should be noted.
  2. The complete mailing address and telephone number of the candidate and principal nominator will be on the written nomination. In the event the candidate is deceased, the addresses and telephone number of the closest survivor should be given.
  3. A suggested nomination format and nominating instructions shall be made available to potential nominators from the Florida Division and Local Chapter Officers.

Section 2. Nominations must be submitted to the Committee Chair in sufficient time to allow for copying and distribution to all committee members so they may thoroughly review and consider nominations before attending meetings.


Section 1. Candidates elected to the Hall of Fame in a given year will be announced and inducted at the Annual Spring Meeting, Florida Division.


Section 1. These bylaws may be amended, revised, or rewritten at any time considered necessary by the Committee and subject to the approval of the Division Chair, Executive Committee, and Bylaws and Resolutions Committee.


Section 1. Attached are:
Brief nominating procedure
Nomination form

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