Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone submit a nomination? Yes. Nominations are submitted by friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, volunteers, clubs, businesses, government, elected officials and non-profit organizations. The individual or married couple nominated must live in the 8-county central Ohio area (Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union) but the nominator(s) may live outside the eight counties. Self nominations are not accepted.
How can I check if someone is already in the Hall of Fame? A list of past inductees appears on the website under Hall of Fame Inductees.
Can I nominate a group, club, agency or organization? No. The Hall of Fame only recognizes individuals.
What information should I include in the nomination? Be as descriptive as possible. A resume or list of activities or memberships is not enough information for the committee to make a selection. Tips for preparing a winning nomination:
- Write your nominee's inspiring story to touch the hearts of readers.
- Describe your nominee's life since reaching the age of 60 and how he/she is a role model for active involvement in the community.
- Be detailed and use complete sentences; your story is the only basis for selection; it will be used for the inductee's page in the program.
- Include some dates / length of time for your nominee's involvement in activities.
- optional - Enhance your nomination with letters of support from others who know the nominee (maximum of three letters).
- Recognize your nominee for unpaid efforts (not a job).
- Please do not send certificates, news clippings, photos, resumes or memorabilia.
- No posthumous or self-nominations, please.
Can the nomination be a surprise? No. Obtaining advance permission from the person you wish to nominate is required in case he or she will not be available for the portrait sitting in early April, the ceremony the third week in May, or in case the person does not want to accept the recognition.
How are the winners chosen? Nominees are evaluated for their special contributions to the community after reaching the age of 60, for positively influencing others as role models, and for leading lives not defined by age. Their achievements may demonstrate commitments to formal organizations, including volunteerism, community service, leadership, church and charitable work, or informal efforts such as caregiving and giving a helping hand to neighbors. The selection committee is comprised of COAAA staff, a representative of the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, and a member of the COAAA Advisory Council.
Will I receive notification when winners are announced? Yes. Letters are sent to all nominees and nominators. If your nominee is selected for induction, you will also receive a phone call or e-mail message offering you the opportunity to deliver the good news personally and be the first to congratulate your nominee.
What is required of the winners? Winners must be available for a professional portrait sitting in early April and be willing to participate in the Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Martin Janis Center, Columbus, on the third Wednesday in May at 1:00 p.m.
How are the winners recognized? Inductees receive a personal recognition on stage from their county commissioners and other dignitaries, an individual portrait by a professional photographer, and a Hall of Fame lapel pin. The keepsake program distributed at the ceremony dedicates a full page to each inductee's story and photo. Friends, neighbors and family celebrate with their inductees at the professionally catered reception immediately following the ceremony. Throughout the year, monthly issues of the Senior Times feature a quarter-page Hall of Fame 'spotlight', with one spotlight devoted to each inductee. A number of local newspapers also cover Hall of Fame news in May with an interview of the inductee from that community.
Do I need an invitation to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony and reception? No invitation is necessary. The event is open and free to the public.
Can I bring a group to the ceremony and reception? Yes. Groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. No invitation or reservation is necessary. The only requirement is for buses or vans to park in the overflow parking section after delivering passengers to the entrance. On-site staff will direct buses and vans to the appropriate parking area.
Where is the Hall of Fame located? The permanent home of the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is the Martin Janis Center, 600 E. 11th Ave., Columbus. The 'wall of fame' displays plaques with the names and counties of the inductees for each year of the Hall of Fame, along with a display case of group photos from the most recent ceremonies. An historical album provides an alphabetical cross-reference of all inductees, as well as a printed program from each ceremony for the past 14 years. Each program features profiles and photos of the inductees for that year.
Is there a nomination form for the Outstanding Service to Seniors Award? No. There is no external nomination or formal selection process for this award.