24 Nov ALPHA PHI OMEGA RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR WITH NEW AWARD
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ALPHA PHI OMEGA RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR WITH NEW AWARD
(KANSAS CITY, MO, NOV. 25, 2020) – At their November 23, 2020, meeting, the Alpha Phi Omega Board of Directors established a new APO award: Volunteer of the Year. The Board of Directors will give this award annually to recognize a member who has made a meaningful impact on the Fraternity by advancing the Cardinal Principles through volunteering at a regional or national level and is not a Board or Operations Council member.
“We can never have too much recognition and this new award is a way to spotlight the best of the best,” said National President Rob Coop. “It is especially fitting that the award has been established so close to the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Board is extremely thankful for all of our volunteers who give their time, talent and treasure to advance the Fraternity.
With the support of volunteers, APO has developed hundreds of thousands of servant leaders who exemplify the Cardinal Principles all over the world. Volunteers make goals and aspirations of the Fraternity possible through hard work, dedication and their shared sense of brotherhood. As such, the Board of Directors wanted to develop a new way to honor volunteers that go above and beyond to advance the Fraternity in some way.
In its inaugural year, the Board has bestowed the Volunteer of the Year recognition on co-winners: Jamie Conover Stewart, Zeta Beta ‘87, and Ben Kutler, Kappa ‘94. Brother Conover Stewart, the Fraternity’s Fall Pledge Class Namesake Honoree this year, has helped expand the reach of APO to more than 40 chapters by providing support and guidance in extension efforts. Brother Kutler, who will be receiving this award posthumously, impacted hundreds of members through his training for and facilitation of APO LEADS courses.
These members have selflessly given their time and support to the Fraternity and we thank them for their many contributions. Please join us in recognizing the valuable contributions of Brother Kutler and Brother Conover Stewart.