The German Village Society wants help in honoring those who have significantly contributed to the neighborhood.

The German Village Society wants help in honoring those who have significantly contributed to the neighborhood.

The organization, for the first time in the history of three awards, is asking residents to propose their nominees.

"We've never asked for community nominations before," society president Darci Congrove said. "The board and the staff have always done this. It's always been a surprise."

Previous winners will be posted this week to the GVS Web site at www.germanvillage.com. Deadline for nominations is April 9. Nominations, along with a brief description of the nominee, can be dropped off at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St., or submitted to board@germanvillage.com.

Recent award winners will be asked to serve as the selection committee for each award.

The awards include:

The Frank Fetch Award

The award was established in 1984 by Fred Holdridge and the late Howard Burns, longtime village champions who wanted to recognize an individual for outstanding service to the community.

The late Frank Fetch, who was credited with founding the German Village Society, was the first recipient of the award. Frank Fetch Park was later dedicated in his memory.

The award will be presented as part of the volunteer recognition dinner during the Haus und Garten Tour in June.

The Fred & Howard Award

The award was created in 1997 in honor of Holdridge and Burns, who also were the first to receive it.

They are credited with helping the village achieve international recognition, so the award will honor the individual who has done the most to carry the message of the neighborhood and society to an international audience.

The Village Valuables Award

The award will be presented to someone who is a selfless volunteer with a special skill, knack for solving problems or simply works hard for the community.

"These are the 'can-do' people who we know will always say yes when asked to help, who give of their time and talent freely, and who always wear a smile," Congrove said.

Sarah Irvin, a board member of the society, said the community is fortunate to have so many people who donate their time and energy.

"German Village was built on the tireless work of a small group of volunteers," she said. "Today, we are fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers that work some 10,000 hours each year on the public gardens, tours, visitors' center and events of German Village.

"It's a huge honor to be singled out for one of these awards," Irvin said, "and we as residents of German Village are deeply grateful for their commitment."