Do you know someone in the German Village Society community who has gone that extra mile? Maybe a neighbor who has given more than average to the goals of the Society?

For many years, the German Village Society has honored the people who provide outstanding service to our neighborhood. It's "that time of year" where I'm trying to put together my list of top candidates for 2017 awards.

Keep in mind, the folks we honor are active with the Society, not just amazing neighbors or good stewards of, say, Garten Club or a local church.

And they don't have to be active right this minute. I'm really in need of your help filling in my knowledge gaps of folks who went the extra mile before I got here in October 2011.

Please help us not to overlook a champion neighbor. We are soliciting nominations for three awards -- the Village Valuables Award, the Frank Fetch Award and the Fred & Howard Award.

Please take a moment and submit a nomination by sending me an email:

Nominations are due by March 1.

Here's more on who we are looking for in each category:

Frank Fetch

The Frank Fetch Award was the brainchild of Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns in 1984. They felt it was necessary to recognize an individual for outstanding service to the German Village community.

Appropriately, Frank Fetch was the first recipient of the award, which was quite timely, because he died six months later.

The roster of recipients is a register of leadership, inspiration and beloved friends. The award will be presented on the evening of the Haus & Garten Tour, during the volunteer recognition dinner.

Village Valuable

The Village Valuable Award is presented to someone who always seems to be there, right when the Society needs them, to lend a special skill, solve a problem or just do some hard work.

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

Fred & Howard

In 1997, the Society Board of Trustees created a new award to be presented at the annual meeting, honoring individuals who have done the most to carry the message of German Village and the Society to the rest of the world, bringing attention and recognition to what we do and what we have achieved.

When the board created the award, there was no question that it be named after Fred & Howard, the champion ambassadors of German Village.

In 1997, the very first award was presented to Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns, who did more for the international recognition of The Village than anyone.

You can go to german- and review past winners under the "What's Happening" tab.

German Village Society Executive Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village Notebook column.