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Robert M. Ingraham Volunteer of the Year Award

 Kitefliers, who, during their lifetime career in kiting, have exemplified outstanding volunteerism and service to the American Kitefliers Association, and, who, in the true spirit of Robert Ingraham, have given unselfishly of their time to help the AKA and promote kiting in general.

Award Criteria: Ingraham Volunteer of the Year


2013 – Kay Buesing

Nomination letter: We would like to nominate an individual who we think is, beyond words, deserving of this prestigious award. This is a person who has given a lifetime of love, effort, and perseverance to the American Kitefliers Association and to kiting world, who has bonded kiting world wide, who launched and nurtured a dream into reality for […]

2012 – George Emmons

Nomination letter: The Ingraham Award is used to recognize people for their long term support for the American Kitefliers Association and its goals. The efforts on behalf of the AKA by recent honorees have been very visible in their nature with most AKA members aware of the contributions that have been made. Our nominee is […]

2011 – Cliff Quinn

Notification letter: Cliff became a member of the AKA in 1992. His first convention was at Wildwood New Jersey in 1996. After being hooked into kite flying, Cliff asked his wife to sew a kite or two for him. She did and then told him to learn to sew. He did and now is an avid kite maker […]

2010 – Mel Hickman

Nomination letter: The criteria for the Robert Ingraham Award states that the award should go to: Kitefliers, who, during their lifetime career in kiting, have exemplified outstanding volunteerism and service to the American Kitefliers Association, and, who, in the true spirit of Robert Ingraham, have given unselfishly of their time to help the AKA and promote […]

2009 – Ron & Charm Lindner

Nomination letter: For as long as anyone can remember, Ron Lindner has chaired the annual AKA FlyMart. It is a seemingly simple job — to recruit participants, fairly assign spaces, assist with set-up, sort out problems, guard the doors, and make sure the money is collected. Obviously, it isn’t simple at all. Ron does the […]

2007 – Ted Manekin

Nomination letter: We are writing to nominate for the Bob Ingraham Award, one of AKA’s most familiar faces. In the earliest years of the Association, things we now take for granted were set down as format, policy, and procedures. Our Nominee served as a Regional Director for what was then Region 4, for four years. […]

2005 – Susan Gomberg

Nomination letter: The Ingraham Award recognizes those who have volunteered unselfishly to help the AKA and to promote kiting in general. Our nominee has done all that and more. For who has given more of their time, energy, creativity, advice, and effort to the Association, and with less credit and recognition, than Susan Gomberg. Susan […]

2004 – Betty Hirschman

Nomination letter: South Jersey Kite Flyers would like to nominate Betty Hirschmann for the Ingraham Award Kiting History: Betty’s first interest in kiting was in the summer of 1991 when she bought her first kite, a High Fly Kite Company Tori Tako Sport Kite. In 1993, Betty competed, as a novice dual line flier, in all of […]

2003 – Al Sparling

Nomination letter: The Ingraham award is intended for service to the AKA and I can think of no more deserving recipient than the steward of our finances, Treasurer Al Sparling. When Al became chief financial officer three years ago, the Association faced a significant monetary shortfall. We were spending more than we were earning and […]