[messengers] 2012 Markus Cook Award - call for nominations

Date: 5 Sep 2012 12:23:08 +0200
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>


It’s time to call for nominations for this year’s Markus Cook Award for services to the international messenger community.

This will be the 14th year that the award is presented. It was started by Buffalo Bill in 1998, to remember Markus and to draw attention to messengers whose work benefits all of us.
From the IFBMA’s Markus Cook Award page:
“The MCA for services to the International Messenger Community is not a prize for winning a race. At the time the Award was conceived, CMWC was beginning to be more about the racing than the happening. I [ Buffalo Bill] wanted to re-establish the spirit of the championships, to restate the reason that we all come to this event every year.
The MCA is a reflection of the axiom that everyone who comes to a CMWC is a winner, whether they race or not.
>Markus himself was very much in love with the CMWC, and in many ways he was the unlikeliest bike racer imaginable. He was several other things, of course. Editor of Mercury Rising messenger zine, unofficial spokesperson of the SFBMA, leader of L Sid, and a friend to all. The enthusiasm of Markus brought CMWC and the international messenger community toSan Francisco, and it saddens many people to this day that he did not live to see it.
This award is for people that inspire and empower the wider messenger community, that put all of us before themselves.”
There is no limit to the number of nominees and anyone can nominate someone. The messenger community is fortunate to have many people who are willing to devote time and effort to improve the lot of others. The difficult part is narrowing the list down to just one recipient every year.
Nominations will close on Sunday September 18
So send your nominations to the messenger list and/or send it to my email.
The basic but not so strict criteria are:
  – it must be mainly for activities that have taken place in the last 12 months; although you can also draw attention to his or her prior work.
 - they don’t have to be a working messenger; they can be a former messenger
The decision will be taken by a committee of former recipients and will be awarded as close to Messenger Appreciation Day (October 9) as possible.
More on Markus:
Markus Cook at the Messenger Memorial
Mercury Falling from SF Weekly (<somewhat flawed)
Letter replies to Mercury Falling
Video clip of Markus:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvEfq-gMxZE
(Apologies for the video quality)
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