HFMA awarded its highest chapter honor—the Robert M. Shelton Award, which recognizes five continuous years of excellence—to both the Florida Chapter and the Maryland Chapter during HFMA’s annual chapter awards ceremony Tuesday evening at ANI: The HFMA National Institute in Orlando, Fla. Florida Chapter Maryland

The Robert M. Shelton Award recognizes chapters that have stepped up through the years with sustained, strong volunteer leadership. 

“Judging the Shelton is always tough, but this year the results were so close that the judges selected two chapters for the award for only the third time since the award’s inauguration in 1980,” HFMA Chair Steve Rose said. 

Rose presented the awards to Florida Chapter past presidents Mimi Taylor, Joanne Aquilina, David Sierra, Karen Fry, and Dwight Tillman along with the past presidents of the Maryland Chapter, Michael Zito, Jennifer Maher, Eric Melchior, George Bayless, and Joseph Sirugasano.  Shelton Award Winners 

Over the past five years, the Florida Chapter, which has 1,493 members, has provided exemplary service in the areas of education, membership growth and retention, and certification, among others. 

In 2012-13 alone, the chapter achieved a Hottum Award for Educational Performance Improvement, a Gold Award for Education, a silver Award for Membership Growth and Retention, a Gold Award for Certification, and two Yerger Awards, one for Education and one for Improvement. 

The Florida Chapter has demonstrated consistent success over the past five years by earning three silver and two bronze awards for education, three gold and one bronze award for membership growth and retention, gold, silver, and bronze awards for certification, three Hottum awards for educational performance improvement, and 18 Yerger awards. 

 The Maryland Chapter, which has 728 members, also has been a top performer. In FY13 alone, the chapter achieved a bronze award for education, a gold award for membership growth and retention, and two Yerger awards, one for education and another for membership recruitment and retention. Over the past five years, the Maryland Chapter has demonstrated consistent success by earning a silver and a bronze award for education, two gold and two bronze awards for membership growth and retention, a gold and two bronze awards for certification, four Hottum awards for educational performance improvement, and 10 Yerger awards.

Publication Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013