YearAwardeeAccomplishment
2015 Bryan Forbes The Association of the Far Western District Chapters of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America hereby confers on Bryan Forbes the 2015 President's Award for his visionary service as Far Western District Events Manager.

Bryan revised the contracting method of our District conventions by establishing a 10 year look ahead venue cycle that rotates between Northern and Southern California as well as Arizona. By having the convention locations locked in years ahead, attendees can better plan for their travel needs, and most importanly, the local host chapters are relieved from having to search out suitable convention and hotel venues and to negotiate the highly detailed contract terms on an annual basis with these entities.

Bryan also led the effort to revise & update the financial budgeting and reporting methods with a host of new electronic forms for the use of the host chapters. These new tools will provide for improved tracking of convention revenues and costs. This visibility will help ensure that our registration fees are being utilized in the most effective manner possible.

Presented in appreciation by Allan Webb, Far Western District President
March 2016, Las Legas, Nevada.

2014 David Melville
The Association of Far Western District Chapters of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America Hereby confers on David Melville the 2014 President's Award, in recognition of his tireless efforts in implementing the new Far Western District web site and enabling communication technology benefitting the Far Western District.

Presented in appreciation by Allan Webb, Far Western Distrtict President
March 2015 - Sacramento, California
2013 Masterpiece "With appreciation for their unselfish devotion to the Far Western District, the Society and barbershop worldwide. Their accomplishments as a Quartet Gold Medal Champion has never tarnished their efforts to be outstanding representatives of the Far Western District."
Presented by Russ Young, FWD President
March 2014, Riverside, California
2012 John Jones "This President's Award in recognition of his selfless dedication in planning, organizing and implementing events and activities as the Events Chairman for the Far Western District.
Thank you for all you have done for us and barbershop harmony".
Presented by Russ Young, FWD President
March 2013, Lodi, California
2011 John Krizek With great appreciation for 46 years of outstanding service to both the Far Western District and the Barbershop Harmony Society, especially in the fields of marketing and youth, as a frequent District VP and Board member, as District President and as an International Society Board member.
2010 Jim Sherman The Association of Far Western District Chapters of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Hereby confers on

Jim Sherman

This President's Award in recognition of outstanding service on the Far Western District Board of Directors for 24 years, including 21 years as District Treasurer. His hard work, diligence, professionalism, sense of humor and friendship will be sorely missed.

Presented in appreciation by

Bernard Priceman
Far Western District President

March 2011 - Santa Clara, California

2009 Bruce Sellnow Presented by Bob Lally: Although my term as District President is over, I have one last bit of business to take care of, and that’s presenting a President’s Award for 2009 to a deserving barbershopper.

There are so many of you who perform great deeds for your District and your brother in harmony, that it’s sometimes difficult to single out one person. But, I’ve found a man who manages to stand out for his many accomplishments.

This man has been a member of the Society for some fifteen years and has been an active and enthusiastic participant the entire time. He has been an active quartet man from the get-go with several successful competition and show quartets. He’s been a mainstay in the administration of each chapter he has belonged to. and been instrumental in the chartering of two new chapters as well as singing in an International medalist chorus. He’s also just assumed the position of a frontline chorus director.

As if all this weren’t enough, he’s also devoted hours of time and energy to help indoctrinate the youth of our District in the barbershop style working and volunteering at youth camps and schools. Some years back he took over the reins of running the District’s High School Quartet Contest and even now is working to re-structure that event to make it even better.

I’m sure by now you recognize this man, and it’s my honor to present the Far Western District President’s Award for 2009 to Bruce Sellnow.

2008 Metropolis Quartet Awarded to the four current members James Sabina(Tenor), Bob Hartley(Lead), Kelly Shepard(Baritone) and Brian Philbin(Bass), plus the founding Baritone Mike McGee.

Awarded for performance and service during their twelve years representing the Far Western District while performing and entertaining throughout the United States and around the world. They have created happiness and harmony wherever they have appeared.

2007 Ron Murray In recognition of his dedication and faithful service to the ideals and values of the Barbershop Harmony Society in bringing the joys of our hobby to young men and women.
2006 Mark Freedkin In recognition of his dedication and faithful service to the ideals and values of the Barbershop Harmony Society in bringing the joys of our hobby to young men.
2005 Richard Lund In recognition of your dedication and faithful service to the ideals and values of the Barbershop Harmony Society in bringing the joys of our hobby to young men and women. Keep a Melody Ringing in Your Heart!
2004 Warren Willard To Warren Willard for his devoted service to the Far Western District, his imagination, determination and unswerving dedication to successfully meeting his committment in support of the goals and objectives of the District and for his personal encouragement to all members to "Keep A Melody Ringing In Your Heart."
2003 Ellie and Deane Scoville President’s Award To ELLIE & DEANE SCOVILLE For unselfishly providing help, advice and counsel to Kay and John Krizek through their terms as President and First Lady respectively. And special thanks to Ellie for letting Deane come out to play.
2002 Keith Eckhardt  
2002 Stan Sharpe  
2001 Terry Aramian  
2000 Lloyd Steinkamp  
1999 Jim Warner For his unselfish devotion to the ideals of Barbershop Quarteting, his continuous support of Chapter, District and International activities. His desire to Keep the whole world singing.

Jim was the FWD Harmony Foundation Chairman for numerous years.

1998 Dick Girvin SPEBSQSA Far Western District 1998 President's Award presented to DICK GIRVIN in recognition of his dedication and enthusiastic advancement of the Far Western District Association of Chapters.
1997 El Wirt Presidents Award Presented To El Wirt For Outstanding Service to the Far Western District.
1996 139th Street Quartet

50th Anniversary of the FWD

FAR WESTERN DISTRICT
ASSOCIATION of CHAPTERS
Proclamation

WHEREAS, the 139th Street Quartet was founded in 1975, and competed in their first Far Western District Contest in October 1975 where they finished in Second Place, and

WHEREAS, the 139th Street Quartet qualified for and competed in their first International Quartet Contest in San Francisco in 1976 where they finished in Tenth Place, thus beginning a string of nineteen appearances in the International Quartet Contest, and

WHEREAS, the quartet won the Far Western District Quartet Championship in October 1975, and

WHEREAS, the quartet finished in the top ten at the International Quartet Contest a record seventeen times, finishing Second Place twice, and in other medal positions five times, and

WHEREAS, the 139th Street Quartet has performed in more than 400 chapter shows in 43 states and 8 countries, and

WHEREAS, the quartet has appeared on national television more than a dozen times on such programs as Cheers, Night Court, Ferris Buhler's Day Off, and Neil Diamond Specials on ABC and HBO, and

WHEREAS, in 1987 they sang for three months the entire a cappella score and acted in a musical adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis play "Babbitt, A Marriage" at the Mark taper Forum at the Music Center in Los Angeles, and

WHEREAS, in 1990, due to their own personal effort, money, and initiative, brought to the United States a barbershop quartet from the Soviet Union, the Quiet Don Quartet, who then performed with chapters throughout the country, thus stimulating media coverage, and led to their meeting with President Ronald Reagan, and

WHEREAS, in 1992 the quartet visited Russia and the Quiet Don Quartet, and sang at the conservatories and on concert stages throughout Russia and the rest of Europe, and

WHEREAS, the impetus for the annual MBNA College Quartet Contest held during the International Convention came from members of the quartet, and

WHEREAS, the quartet has involved their own children in their performances, thus encouraging other children to sing, and

WHEREAS, the quartet has received two Gold and two Platinum awards from the Record Industry Association of America for their participation in Neil Diamond's two Christmas albums,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by Bob House, that the past and present members of The 139th Street Quartet (Doug Anderson, Jim Meehan, Larry Wright, John Sherburn, Dan Jordan, Pete Neushul, and Jim Kline) is awarded the 1996 Far Western District President's Award in recognition of their contributions to the Far Western District Association of Chapters and The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America in the quest to Keep the Whole World Singing.

Presented this 22nd day of March in the year 1997.
Bob House
President, Far Western District

1995 Larry Gassman  
1995 John Gassman  
1994 Doug Maddox Awarded to Doug Maddox for exemplary efforts on behalf of his fellow barbershoppers.
1993 Deane Scoville PRESIDENT’S AWARD TO DEANE SCOVILLE for his outstanding musical service to all FWD BARBERSHOPPERS as DISTRICT MUSIC EDUCATOR 1992 – 1993.
1991 Jack Hines  
1990 Ray & Bev. Mc Gill  
1989 Bob Allen  
1988 Lou Laurel  
1987 Don Kidder  
1985 SF Storm Door & Whale Oil Co. PRESIDENT'S AWARD Presented To S.F.S.D. & W.O.Co. FOR 11 YEARS SERVICE TO THE FWD. ALWAYS READY TO HELP CHAPTERS IN NEED
1984 Bob Bisio  
1983 Carl Campbell  
1983 Gene Hartzler  
1981 Joe Salz  
1980 John Burby  
1979 Dick Girvin Far Western District Presidents Award to Dick Girvin for his outstanding creative and technical service as Editor of the WESTUNES.
1978 Charles Lowrey  
1977 Dwight Wood  
1976 Gil Jacobs  
1975 Bob Roberts  
1972 Lou Velzy  
1971 Jack Hines  
1971 Jim Mc Kee  
1969 Emmett Bossing  

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