Clowns of America International (COAI) ~ 2016 Clown of the Year
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It was a complete honor to be nominated by Bob "Bunky" Gretton, who was the recipient of the Clowns of America International (COAI) Lifetime Achievement Award and a previous Clown of the Year. The nomination was unanimously approved by the Awards Advisory Council and the COAI Board of Directors.

The Clown of the Year Award as written on the COAI website:
Each year COAI chooses to bestow the title and honor of "Clown of the Year" on one of its members. This member is recognized for his/her outstanding qualities as a clown. The Clown of the Year exemplifies the true meaning of what it is to be a clown through his/her caring, sharing and performance ability.

To be eligible for this award, a candidate must be a current, active COAI member and clown, who is maintaining a continuous membership in COAI for at least 5 years. The emphasis of the Clown of the Year Award (COTY) will key in on the last 1-3 years of clowning. During the last 1-3 years he/she has been serving the COAI organization and the COAI clown community in exceptional ways, aiding in the growth and development of fellow clowns both in actions and deeds but continues to be an active spokesperson for COAI and the art of clowning.

(Some suggested examples of consideration over the last three years could be; but are not limited to):
An active clown showing dedication to the craft; What the nominee has done to further the art of clowning; Respected by peers; Showing talent in the craft of entertaining; Awards received; Impact on clowning in the community at large; Teaching the art of clowning; attending COAI sponsored events and conventions; outstanding actions to improve COAI, organizing membership drives, being a key player in the organizing of a COAI clown school in your area, writing a series of articles in the New Calliope, etc.
This award will be presented to an individual COAI member only.