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ASAE Announces 2010 Gold Circle Award Winners for Excellence in Association Communications

July 22, 2010

WASHINGTON—The Communication Section Council, one of ASAE’s volunteer groups, has recently selected the much anticipated 2010 Gold Circle Award winners. The annual competition honors associations and nonprofit organizations that demonstrate excellence in communication across several categories, including magazines, newsletters, websites, blogs, podcasts, media relations campaigns and innovative communications. Sponsored by TMG Custom Media, this year the competition received nearly 250 entries.

“Winners of the Gold Circle Award competition have taken their projects to the next level, integrating the fundamentals of effective communications with elements of creativity, design, technology and innovation as well as metrics to measure effectiveness of their strategies,” said Cecilia Sepp, chair of the Communication Section Council.

“In this year’s competition, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation won Gold Circle Awards in four different categories and an Honorable Mention in another,” said Richard A. Belle, chair of the Gold Circle Award Committee and member of the ASAE Communication Section Council. “Never before in our competition’s history have four awards and one Honorable Mention been won by a single organization in the same year. We applaud them for their outstanding communications program.”

The annual competition presents a special honor, the Council’s Choice Award, chosen by the Communication Section Council from among the 2010 Gold Circle Award recipients. Inaugurated in 2009, the Council’s Choice Award is bestowed upon the one Gold Circle Award winner that best exemplifies overall effectiveness and excellence.

The Council’s Choice Award recipient will be announced at the annual Gold Circle Award Ceremony, held Sunday, August 22nd, 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles.

“On behalf of TMG, I’d like to congratulate this year’s Gold Circle Award winners,” said Jane Ottenberg, president of TMG Custom Media. “We are proud to continue our support to recognize exceptional association communications, and applaud this year’s winners for sharing our commitment.”

As in prior years, the Gold Circle Award Committee has also unveiled its latest edition of the “Effective Communications Practices Guide,” a resource for association and nonprofit professionals in designing effective communications programs. An electronic copy of the Guide is available online, at

The 2010 Gold Circle Award Winners and Honorable Mentions

Association Annual Report Print/PDF
Division B: Society for Neuroscience – Evolving for the Future
Division B Honorable Mention: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation – 2009 RBFF Stakeholder Annual Report
Division B:  Medical Group Management Association – MGMA In Practice blog

Feature Article
Division B: Associated Builders and Contractors – Pulling Out All the Stops
Division B Honorable Mention: National Apartment Association – Apps for Apts
General Association Web Site
Division A: The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) –

Division B: CropLife America Web Site –
Division B Honorable Mention: Council for Advancement and Support of Education –

Innovative Communications
Division A Honorable Mention: Kansas Association of REALTORS® – Kansas Association of REALTORS® New member kit

Division B: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation – Fishington:

Issue Specific Web Site
Division B: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation –
Division B Honorable Mention: American Academy of Dermatology –

Magazine Print/PDF
Division A: Society for Environmental Graphic Design – segdDESIGN

Division B: International Legal Technology Association – Peer to Peer

Media Relations Campaign
Division B: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation – 2009 National Fishing & Boating Week

Newsletter Digital/Interactive
Division B: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation – Anglers’ Legacy Quarterly
Division B Honorable Mention: Military Officers Association of America – News Exchange®

Newsletter Print/PDF
Division B: American Urological Association Foundation – UrologyHealth Extra

Peer-Reviewed Journal
Division B: Gemological Institute of America – Gems & Gemology
Division B Honorable Mention: Association of Clinical Research Professionals – THE MONITOR
Division B Honorable Mention: American Physical Therapy Association – Physical Therapy (PTJ)

Division B Honorable Mention: National Association of School Nurses – 4 Tips For Cleaner Hands and Healthy Students

For a complete description of all categories, divisions, and other information about the Gold Circle Award program, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Jakub M. Konysz, 202.626.2831,

About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit


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