MOAA renamed the award in 2011 after Colonel Marvin J. Harris, USAF (Ret), who served with loyalty and dedication as MOAA's Director of Public Relations from 1996 until 2011, delivering effective communications to both military and civilian audiences. Each year, national MOAA holds a Communications Award contest to identify those councils and chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members. There are two categories of competition.
To be eligible for consideration, councils and chapters must nominate themselves. All submissions must be received by MOAA's Council and Chapter Affairs Department by Feb. 1 of each year by emailing and attaching appropriate sample products to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A standard set of rating criteria will be used to evaluate all councils and chapters that submit a package. councils and chapters accumulating at least 220 of the maximum 240 total possible points will be recognized appropriately as five-star; and councils and chapters accumulating between 200 and 219 points will be recognized as four-star. All councils and chapters qualifying for a particular level of excellence will be recognized appropriately for their selection.
Councils and chapters are encouraged to use the rating criteria as a guide to completing their nomination submission. Please provide a concise narrative explanation, if needed. Quality over quantity is paramount.