It's time, once again, to send in your nominations for the Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award.
I say once again because this is the 10th year Tire Business will honor an independent tire dealer or retreader for his or her charitable, civic and humanitarian activities.
Each year we've given the award we've learned about more, worthy tire dealer humanitarians. People who quietly have made giving back to others a significant part of their personal and professional lives.
Looking back over the award's history reveals some interesting trends. Many nominations have come from the nominees' children.
Sandra Anderson, for example, helped nominate her father, the late L.P. Anderson of L.P. Anderson Supply Co. Inc. in Miles City, Mont., who became the first-ever winner, posthumously in 1994.
Her nomination, like those of all the past winners, was deeply moving. She wrote 10 typewritten pages about her dad and his humanitarian activities. You could tell in reading her words this effort was a labor of love. She included her thoughts in a scrapbook filled with testimonials and other supporting material.
Sandra began her nomination with these words: ``Seldom have I known of a daughter having the honor of being called upon to explain why her father is being nominated for a work-related humanitarian award.''
She went on to say that she and her sister had moved back home to be with their Dad, who was struggling with cancer. ``In doing so,'' she said, ``we were able to observe from an adult perspective our father's unique and lifelong expression of caring for others in a way that helped them help themselves.''
I've also observed that none of the winners sought or desired recognition for their charitable and civic activities.
But when word came that they had been selected as the Humanitarian Award winner, each was thrilled to be singled out among their peers.
Yes, they preferred to keep a low profile about their humanitarian activities and told me so repeatedly when I interviewed them for stories in Tire Business. But you couldn't mistake the pride they had in being recognized for something so personal and selfless as helping others.
It's not too late to nominate a deserving tire dealer or retreader who is doing something special in your community on behalf of others. The July 31 entry deadline for the 2003 Humanitarian Award is less than a month away.
Mr. Zielasko is editor and publisher of Tire Business.