2022 VIVA Award Nominations Are Now Open. Nominate Someone!

Dale Basham is pictured at the podium making remarks after receiving the Edmund F. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Photo by: Mike RhodesDale Basham is pictured at the podium making remarks after receiving the Edmund F. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

By Matt Howell—

MUNCIE, Ind.—The V!VA Awards were developed as a gift to the community in 1993 by the Muncie Rotary Club and Sunrise Rotary Club to recognize Delaware County’s proud volunteer heritage. The awards were named V!VA for Very Important Volunteer Award.

Up to five individuals will be recognized with the traditional V!VA Award for their volunteer efforts to the community within the past 12 months. In addition, The Edmund F. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award will be given for outstanding long-term life-time volunteer commitment. Each V!VA Award Recipient will receive a plaque.

Nominate a Very Important Volunteer TODAY!


Nominees must live or work in Delaware County, or the impact of his/her volunteer service must be felt in Delaware County.

Nominees must provide the volunteer service without expectation of financial remuneration, although reimbursement of expenses will not disqualify a nominee. Nomination of student volunteers is encouraged.

Except for the Lifetime Achievement Award, nominees must have rendered volunteer services within the last 24 months (no carry over from years previous). Lifetime achievement award nominations will be carried over for 3 years. Nomination forms for the V!VA Award must be typed.

To Nominate a Volunteer

This should include names of organizations and/or individuals that benefited from the nominee’s volunteering and the capacity of the volunteer’s efforts. Using specific examples of volunteer service, demonstrate the nominee’s commitment to volunteer activities within the last year or lifetime, depending on category selected.

  • Why is the nominee worthy of this special recognition beyond other equally qualified volunteers?
  • What type of impact did the nominee have on individuals and/or organizations within the last year?
  • How would those individuals and/or organizations have been impacted had the nominee not provided dedicated leadership?

To nominate a volunteer, use the form on our website (https://www.muncierotary.org/2022-viva-awards.php) or download the MS WORD document.

Nominators will be notified by March 30, 2022 if their nominee is selected.

Selection Process

A Selection Committee consisting of Rotarians and former V!VA Award winners will review all nominations, and select up to five regular V!VA Award Winners and one Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

All V!VA Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the V!VA Award Luncheon at the Horizon Convention Center.

For more information, visit: https://www.muncierotary.org/2022-viva-awards.php