Grindstone Award ~ Call for Nomination Information

Nominations for the 2019 Grindstone and Courtesy Awards are currently being accepted!

Please see the main page of our website for links to the nomination forms.

The Grindstone Award is presented to an outstanding citizen by the Berea Chamber of Commerce each year at our annual Grindstone Award Banquet in April.

We rely on our members, local organizations, churches and residents to participate in our award program by helping us find worthy candidates that merit consideration for this award.

Nominees for the Grindstone Award should be those who have contributed significantly to the quality of life of the community through outstanding achievements, service to or support of its citizens in a way that has markedly made a difference.

The person's contributions should be recognized by a substantial segment of the residents of the community.

You are invited to submit nominations via the nomination form, available on the main page of our website.  There is no limit to the number of nominations a person may submit.  

Nominations for the 2017 Grindstone Award must be submitted by Friday, February 24th. Nominations received after that date will not be able to be considered until the next year.

This is not an election, and the decision of the committee will not be based on the number of letters received, but solely on the significance of the nominee's accomplishments within the framework as specified in the criteria.

We appreciate your interest in submitting a nomination and thank you in advance for your interest and participation.


Cynthia Cekanski, President

For the past 50 years, the Berea Chamber of Commerce has presented the Grindstone Award to citizens of Berea who have made this a better community in which to live. Last year, the Berea Chamber of Commerce expanded the awards program to also acknowledge community members who have displayed exemplary examples of courtesy in their line of work through the Courtesy Award. The Grindstone and Courtesy Award winners will be honored at an awards banquet to take place in April.  

 The recipient of both the Grindstone and Courtesy Awards shall be decided by the Grindstone Award Selection Committee. That committee shall be comprised of the current and past Chairman of the Board, President, Vice President and Executive Director (non-voting member) of the Berea Chamber. The current Berea Chamber Chairman of the Board shall serve as Chair of the Selection Committee.

Nominations for the 2019 Grindstone and Courtesy Awards must be submitted by Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Nomination Criteria For the Grindstone Award

1.  Individuals nominated for the Grindstone Award should be cited for activities outside those connected with his/her employment.
2.  The award will recognize accomplishments or overall community service to the Berea area.
3.  Such an award shall be determined primarily on services and benefits rendered to other people or for other objectives, over and beyond excellence in one's own profession, business service or enterprise, and extended over a period of two or more years.
4.  The candidate must actively participate in several community-oriented projects that are beneficial to the community as a whole.  The welfare of the community should be of primary importance to the candidate.
5.  Emphasis should be given to accomplishments achieved within the last few years.
6.  The most consideration should take into account what the individual has done to make our community a better place in which to live and for what he/she has done through outstanding achievements, service or support of the citizens.
7.  Residency in the City of Berea need not be a part of the criteria, but should be given serious consideration.
8.  The candidate must be living at the time of nomination and selection, and may not have been a previous recipient.
9. Nominations shall be made on a prepared nomination form, available through the Berea Chamber of Commerce.

Nomination Criteria For the Courtesy Award

1.  Award is to recognize individuals who go above and beyond in their line of work to serve their customers or the public. 
2.  Nominations can be submitted by anyone who has been positively impacted by the nominee including employers, supervisors, coworkers,customers, students, or the general public.
3.  There are three categories for the award which will include employees of for profit, not for profit, and government organizations in the city of Berea. Examples of not for profit organizations include Baldwin Wallace, Ohio Guidestone, SCAN Hunger Pantry and Berea Animal Rescue. Examples of government organizations include Berea City Schools, Berea City Hall, Post Office and Cleveland Metroparks.
4.  Multiple awards in each of the three categories (for profit,not for profit and government) may be made each year at the discretion of the Grindstone Selection Committee.
5.  Nominees must work for an organization within the city of Berea, but do not need to be a resident of the city.
6.  Nominees will be eligible to win the award only once.
7.  Previous Grindstone Award winners are not eligible to be honored with a Courtesy Award.
8.  Board of Trustees members for the Berea Chamber of Commerce are not eligible.
9. The award banquet ticket cost for each honoree will be complimentary.
10. The honoree must attend the award banquet to be eligible to receive the award.
11. Nomination shall be made on prepared nomination form, available through the Berea Chamber of Commerce.