The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have named Michael Armstrong to receive the Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service To SFWA Award. He has been working on behalf of the organization in many capacities since the 1980s.
In proposing Michael for this honor, South/Central Regional Director Lee Martindale said:
Michael’s been working non-stop, deep in the bowels of SFWA’s nuts and bolts, for at least as long as I’ve been a member (14 years). He was on the bylaws committee I chaired for six years, and was one of the most solid contributing members there. He’s also been on the Grievance Committee for at least 14 years, as Novel Specialist, and John Johnston tells me his record of successfully closing cases (as in getting our members what they’re owed) is exemplary. I can tell you, from my own six years as Mediation Specialist, that that takes a serious level of commitment to the organization and its members, and is a significant “gift” to the organization in terms of time and skillset. And, because of the nature of the work and the conditions under which successes are achieved, it, quite literally, goes thankless. Unlike other volunteers, GriefCom folk can’t tout individual achievements.
The award will be presented during Nebula Awards Weekend in May.