Did you know? The Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk was awarded the “Medal of Merit Award” which is recognition for being the top Cosmopolitan Club in the United States and Canada for 2017-18. The “top club” award was presented to Club President Keith Parnell at this year’s Cosmopolitan International Convention in Kansas City, MO.
“I am so very proud of our Club,” said Keith Parnell, Norfolk Cosmo Club President. “We work very hard to do our part in supporting various local causes including the Strelitz Diabetes Research Center at EVMS and CHKD’s Halloween Candy Buy-back Program and Juvenile Diabetes Camp. Receiving this type of award is very humbling because it’s not why we do what we do. But I am glad our members have received recognition for their hard work in the community. They deserve it.”
The Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk is the proud host of the Norfolk’s First Citizen Banquet Honoring the Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal as Norfolk’s First Citizen in Civic Affairs since 1928.
The Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk received these awards at the 2017-18 Cosmopolitan International Convention:
MEDAL OF MERIT AWARD
The Medal of Merit Award is the highest award that a club can receive. The winner of this award must meet all the requirements and receive the Big “C” Award. In addition, they must have the highest net membership percentage increase of all clubs of charter strength (20 members) during the award year. Net membership increase shall include the number of members at the end of the year in club chartered/sponsored during the year.
BIG “C” AWARD
The highest award given to those clubs that meet the stringent requirements in the areas of commitment, competence, and cultivation.
Commitment: Cosmopolitan of the Year Award, Patrick J. Hodgins Distinguished Member Award, or Distinguished Service Award presented at club level; Community Service Project(s), Cosmopolitan sponsored and publicized; Conduct a fundraiser for diabetes or contribute to a diabetes project; Club President or current club officer attend immediate past Federation Convention or be registered prior to judging of awards for the current year Federation Convention; Club President or current club officer attend immediate past International Convention or be registered prior to judging of awards for the current year International Convention; and COSMOTopics article submitted, with photo if available.
Competence: Current in all accounts; Club newsletter published at least once monthly, with Headquarters on mailing list. This includes those received electronically; and Club Annual Plan submitted to Headquarters.
Cultivation: Building of new club or a net increase in membership as of the end of the current Cosmopolitan year on June 30; Club must be at charter strength (20 members) as of the end of the current Cosmopolitan year on June 30.
REBUILDING FRIENDSHIPS AWARD
For clubs that demonstrate commitment to the “Rebuilding Friendships” program by retaining at least ninety-five percent (95%) of their members during the award year. Eligible clubs must have been at charter strength (20) at the beginning of the award year and loss of members due to death is exempted.
Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk: NORFOLKCOSMO.ORG
Cosmopolitan International: COSMOPOLITAN.ORG