The Rockford Area Community Endowment is accepting nominations for its annual Community Recognition Award. The Community Recognition Award is given to an individual or community organization that has achieved significant accomplishment in their lifetime through career, community or personal success. Nominees must be or have been a resident of the Rockford Public School district. Desirable characteristics may include the following: Courage – exemplifies courage and determination. Initiative – demonstrates drive and initiative in his/her approach to accomplishing a goal, project, objective, etc. Achievement – has achieved something of lasting significance. Time Commitment – volunteers a significant amount of time and energy to the community, to further a cause, project or issue. Effectiveness – generates positive results from their actions. Nominations are accepted from the public at large and should be submitted in writing to: Rockford Area Community Endowment, attention: Awards, PO Box 561, Rockford, Michigan 49341 by March 30, 2009. The written nomination shall outline, in one typed page or less, these qualities that exemplify why the candidate should be considered for the award. The Board of Directors will consider each nominee on his/her merits. The Community Recognition Award will be presented during the May meeting of the Rockford Area Community Endowment. The award will include an engraved plaque with the recipient’s name placed on a column in the Recognition Plaza at Peppler Park (Rockford Dam).