Making people feel valued and appreciated goes a long way towards creating a loyal following in your community. People want to be a part of what makes them feel good and when they are appreciated they feel valued.
We addressed volunteer burnout recently on this blog and one of the ways to safeguard against it is to ensure your volunteers feel the love.
A member of the Chamber of Commerce Professionals Group on Facebook asked:
Looking for unique award ideas for our businesses and volunteers. Have you done anything out of the box?
Thinking Outside the Plaque
A common award is a rectangle plaque but it’s also one that is easily looked past, especially if the recipient already has a wall full of them. And let’s face it, a lot of our best volunteers are just really good citizens who help out everywhere. This probably isn’t their first recognition.
The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce takes a whimsical approach to awards and coordinates them into their banquet theme. Here are some of their creative ideas:
Leisure suits and bell bottoms couldn’t hold a candle to the fun old-school metal lunchboxes with name plaques. Talk about conversation starter.
How about a giant western belt buckle, pardner? They mounted the buckles in a shadowbox with a name plaque.
Blue ribbon volunteers and businesses deserve…well….uh, blue ribbons of course. The chamber presented mounted county fair ribbons with a circular plaque in the middle. I dare you to try and ignore that award.
This year’s theme is the “Rat Pack” and I can’t wait to hear what they do for that one. I’m pulling for Vegas showgirl headpieces.
What creative award ideas have you used in your chamber? Add your ideas to the conversation.
Guest post by Christina Green
Image credit: Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce