WNBA PANNELL CHAIRPERSON
The Lucile Micheels Pannell Trust Fund of the WNBA was established by the Micheels family to recognize and reward those organizations that bring children and books together. While the purpose of the fund does not stipulate that the award must be given to booksellers, the WNBA executive committee has chosen to concentrate its efforts on booksellers. Since at least 1990, the Pannell Award has been given at a BookExpo America (BEA) event sponsored by the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and the American Booksellers Association. Only U.S. stores can compete. Previous winners, if nominated, are ineligible to compete again for seven years after they win.
- The WNBA Pannell chairperson is named at the national board annual meeting.
- The WNBA Pannell all-volunteer jury is responsible for selecting two recipients of the WNBA Pannell Award.
- The chair coordinates the presentation of the awards with the Children’s Book Council and publicizes the awards within the industry.
- The chair may be assisted by a submissions coordinator, nominee contact, and publicist. If one of these positions is not filled, the chair assumes the responsibilities.
- Unless otherwise noted, responsibilities are the chair’s.
- The time line presented may have to be adjusted on an annual basis in order to meet the dates of the BEA meeting, where the award presentations take place.
- Respond to press inquiries generated by press releases.
- Answer questions for nominees and jurors.
- Document and submit expenses to national treasurer for reimbursement.
- Establish deadlines for the award process including submissions, distribution to jury, election of recipients.
- Submission coordinator publicizes the “Call for Nominations.”
- Identify members of the jury, selecting active members of the book industry involved in children’s books, preferably with bookstore contact. Establish terms for jurors. (Each juror serves a two-year term. He or she may be asked to serve again after having been off the jury for two years.)
- Nominee contact communicates with all nominees and provides background information on Pannell and WNBA, and notifies other committee members and WNBA president of final list of nominees.
- Gather submission packets, coordinate schedule with jury members, and begin packet distribution.
- Submission coordinator coordinates presentation with CBC.
- Distribute press release naming nominees.
- Obtain commitment from children’s book illustrators for piece(s) of artwork.
- Supervise timely distribution of submission packets to jury members.
- Identify recipients. Notify recipients, committee members, and WNBA executive committee of winners.
- Send letters to all jury members.
- Nominee contact sends letters to all nominees notifying them of the year’s recipients.
- Submissions coordinator orders name plate(s) for artwork(s).
- Have donated artwork(s) framed.
- Send thank-you letters to artists for donating artwork.
- Ask recipients to forward any press clippings about the award for the WNBA archives.
- Request checks from national treasurer to be sent to the person making the award presentation.
- Submission coordinator confirms details of presentation program.
- Publicist sends press release announcing recipients.
- National president or designee calls recipients to discuss presentation.
- Publicist coordinates photography and coverage of the presentation, submits photos and details of the event to key industry publications and the editor of The Bookwoman.
- Send letter of thanks to jury members.
- Inform the Bremer Trust about the year’s recipients. Contact information for the Bremer Trust is:
- Randall A. Propp,Senior Vice President
Bremer Trust, N. A.
372 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
FAX: (651) 726-6060
- Prepare winning entries, press clippings, and photos for archives.
- Prepare report for national board annual meeting.
- Draft Pannell budget for national treasurer.