Awards & Recognition
Through the establishment of the Outstanding Service Awards for its officers and directors, and the Committee Member of the Year Award, ZRA acknowledges the importance of leadership recognition as a fundamental motivator for professional achievement, and as an appropriate method of thanking its members as the primary contributors to the success of the organization.
The Marvin Jones Award of Excellence and the Judith Block Professional Excellence Award have been established in the name of their first recipients, both long-standing members of the organization, who were cornerstones to the growth and evolution of ZRA as a professional association during its twenty-four year history.
Tim Kurkowski Horizon Award
This award recognizes those professionals that have been a member of ZRA for five (5) years or less and during that time demonstrated outstanding early initiative and commitment to the vision, mission and goals of the Association, and through their involvement in ZRA leadership or programs and/or other achievements, been inspirational to fellow members of the organization. The ZRA member selected for the Tim Kurkowski Horizon Award will be an individual who stands out among his or her peers, demonstrates early achievement in leadership, and is known for actively promoting the mission and value of the Association and encouraging others to participate and grow in their professional development and to contribute to the advancement of the profession.
Marvin Jones Award of Excellence
The Zoological Registrars Association (ZRA) has established the Marvin Jones Award of Excellence to recognize meritorious achievements, specifically in the areas of animal record keeping, by members of the organization. The award is given in honor of its first recipient in appreciation of his many years of outstanding service towards the betterment of zoological record keeping.
Judith Block Professional Excellence Award
On October 27, 2007, the ZRA Board presented the first Judith Block Professional Excellence Award to Judith Block, a Registrar Emeritus member of the Association, in order to establish the recognition of those members with long-standing tenure who have consistently demonstrated the means to provide for the professional development and mentorship of other members. This award recognizes those professionals that have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the vision, mission and goals of the Association through mentorship and other notable efforts, and that have consistently represented ZRA in a manner that enhances the professional profile, recognition and awareness of its member’s value to the zoo and aquarium profession.
ZRA Committee Member of the Year Award
The ZRA Board of Directors has established the Committee Member of the Year Award to recognize active and contributing members at this level of association leadership. Members receiving this award shall have made notable contributions towards the achievement of the goals and objectives approved by the membership and directed by the Board, through their participation, work ethic and leadership.