Making Democracy Work

Naumann Award Information

The League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA) biannually presents the Madeline Naumann Achievement Award. This year's award will be granted at the LWVNCA Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The award was named in honor of LWVNCA's first president. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding achievements by Local Leagues. These would be activities whose effects, applicability, or interest transcend local League boundaries. We invite the participation of all local Leagues constituting LWVNCA. While management achievements such as membership and communication will qualify for the award, program achievements will receive favored consideration.

The Award Winning League will receive an Award Certificate, and an unrestricted grant of $400.00. Honorable Mentions may also be awarded.

The application should contain the following information, limited to 2 typed single spaced pages:

Name of submitting Local League
Name and telephone number of a contact person for additional information
Short title of the achievement
Full description of the achievement
A description of the condition or circumstances that prompted the project
What effects or change resulted
What further results might reasonably be anticipated

Applications should be submitted to the Naumann Award Committee by March 20, 2017. Attachments, such as publications, news accounts and correspondence may be included. (If feasible, submit five copies of the attachments for simultaneous review by the committee members.) Applications should relate to projects, activities, events, or other achievements completed not more than two years before the application due date. Applications on behalf of achievements that may still be accruing notable benefits are acceptable, but must specify a reasonable completion point, such as the date of a publication, legislative action, or goal accomplishment. Each League may submit up to three applications.

Applications should be addressed to: Barbara S. Ewalt 11037 Saffold Way Reston, VA 20190-3806 703-437-0795

Madeline Naumann Achievement Award Information

The League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA) established the Madeline Naumann Achievement Award on December 4, 1998. The award was named in honor of LWVNCA's first president Madeline Dorothy Naumann who served from 1963-66. Ms Naumann passed away in 1996. The award is bestowed biennially, in odd numbered years, to a local LWVNCA League that applies by the due date. It is presented to the winner at the Annual LWVNCA Convention. The next presentation will be in May 2017.

Purpose: The award is established to recognize outstanding achievements by local Leagues. These would be activities whose effects, applicability, or interest transcend local League boundaries. While management achievements such as those relating to membership and communication will qualify for the award, program achievements will receive favored consideration.

Eligibility: All local Leagues constituting LWVNCA, an Inter League Organization, of the greater Washington, DC region are invited to participate.

Award: LWVNCA will bestow the winning League an Award Certificate, and an unrestricted grant of $400.00. Honorable Mentions may also be awarded. It will be presented in odd number years at the LWVNCA Annual Convention.

Madeline Naumann Achievement Award Committee: The LWVNCA appoints a Naumann Award Committee early in the calendar year to solicit and judge the entries submitted. Each committee member must be a voting member, of good standing, of an LWVNCA local League. The committee is comprised of Leaguers from LWV of the District of Columbia, LWV Maryland and LWV Virginia. The LWVNCA president will designate a committee chair from the board members. A total of four persons are asked to serve.

The committee will review all entries and will select the award winner and make arrangements for the Committee Chair to present the award. The committee may also select up to three applications for Honorable Mention at the Award Ceremony.

Award Application: Each local League may submit for consideration as many as three separate achievements. Applications should relate to projects, activities, events, or other achievements completed not more than two years before the application due date. Applications on behalf of achievements that may still be accruing notable benefits are acceptable, but must specify a reasonable completion point, such as the date of a publication, legislative action, or goal accomplishment.

Local League applications should contain the following information, limited to 2 typed single spaced pages.

  • Name of submitting Local League
  • Name and telephone number of a contact person for additional information
  • Short title of the achievement
  • Full description of the achievement
  • A description of the condition or circumstances that prompted the project
  • What effects or change resulted from the project
  • What further results might reasonably be anticipated

Applications deadline for 2017 will be announced early in 2017. The information is sent to the local League Presidents. Attachments, such as publications, news accounts and correspondence may be included. (If feasible, submit five copies of the attachments for simultaneous review by the committee members.) Contact Committee Chair Barbara Ewalt at wm@LWVNCA.org.

Past Naumann Awardees

Since 1999 the Award has gone to:

1999 LWV Arlington "Open Decision Making at Our Drinking Water Plant to Public Participation".

2001 LWV District of Columbia "Mock election for the DC Public Schools, Making Our Votes Count".

2003 LWV Falls Church "Project to Increase awareness of City Council,Boards, Commissions and the Comprehensive Plan"

2005 (3 winners)

LWV Fairfax Area "For Media and Politics"
LWV Montgomery County "Tree & Land Conservation Bus Tour"
LWV Alexandria "We Will Breathe Easier" (Honorable Mention)

2007 LWV Fairfax Area "Forum on International Discrimination Against Women"

2009 (2 winners)

LWV Anne Arundel County "The Effects of Immigration on the County"
LWV Fairfax Area "Activities to Develop the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial
2011 LWV Falls Church "Forum for Falls Church City Council Candidates Using Various Media"

2013 LWV Howard County "A Series of Web-Based Filmed Interviews with Howard County Congressional and Board of Education candidates"

2015 (2 winners) The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and of Howard County received the Madeline Naumann Award for their innovative community projects: civic engagement conversations to reverse low voter turnout and a Board of Education Voters Guide to be used in 5th grade civics classes youth to interview political candidates.

2017 LWV of the District of Columbia for their project to educate League members across the country about the lack of democracy in the District of Columbia.