Every year, we have encountered some interesting turn of events with our Member of the Year program. This year we had a series of software glitches, issues with determining a prize, we shortened the voting period and set up a fully public voting process for the first time. We received a lot of feedback from members and will take that into consideration for next year’s Member of the Year.
As most of you know, our Member of the Year 2012 is strangerinastrangeland. On behalf of our entire forum community, we'd like to extend our congratulations to ‘stranger’ (Chip) and our appreciation for his commitment and contributions to our online community. For those of you who don't know him, Chip has been with us for several years and is always willing to offer help to our members, weaving in his own unique perspective as one intimately aware of Alaska native culture. He lives in a remote village where he practices the native traditions of respect for the land and its resources. Get to know him by visiting his user profile, and read his posts for a unique and useful perspective on the native way that has existed for thousands of years.
Because he lives in a remote area with ready access to fishing and hunting opportunities outside his door, we wanted to provide strangerinastrangeland with a relevant offer for his prize. We are offering him several hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards from Costco and other stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks, to help him stock up on supplies that he could utilize at his remote location. Kindly, he has decided to provide the gift cards to a family member. According to the rules of Member of the Year, after the prizes have been established, the Member of the Year can do with the prizes what he/she chooses.
We are also awarding him a Premium Membership as well as $100 to the Outdoors Directory Bookstore. http://outdoorsdirectory.com/store/
We apologize for the delay in getting this official announcement posted. The staff has been really busy and we're just now getting to it. In other words, blame Mike!
Thanks to each of you who participated this event this year. It takes time, effort, patience, and creativeness to help structure this annual event which is developed to encourage and acknowledge those who participate. Member of the Year is for the members of Outdoors Directory and this year proved once again to show and appreciate the finest, skilled, and respected Outdoorsmen.
(Note from Mike: A special thanks to COtoAK for her tremendous effort with this. She has been the force behind this every year. This year she started early, to avoid delays. Even so, we still ended up late at the end, for which I take responsibility. Thanks, Kimberly, for a job well done!)