MCB Awards

MCB honors its members through the Ellis M. Forshee Award, the Nathaniel Johnson Award, the Darrell Lauer Award, the ACB Lifetime Membership Award, and the President’s Award. To nominate a fellow member for one of these prestigious awards, contact the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer. Presentation of these awards is given during the annual Convention banquet.

Ellis M. Forshee Award

This award acknowledges exceptional achievement, contribution, and service working with the legally blind or with legislation for the legally blind on the state or national level.

Past recipients include:

  • 1958:  Congressman Tom Curtis
  • 1960:  Congressman Frank Karsten
  • 1961:  Proctor Carter
  • 1966:  Rep. Charlie Bauer
  • 1967:  Arthur and Viola Stewart
  • 1968:  Adeline Rhuenzi
  • 1969:  McDonnell-Douglas Corp.
  • 1970:  Rep. James Conway
  • 1971:  Victor and Xena Johnson
  • 1973:  Gerber Wrought Iron Co.
  • 1974:  Jack and Alma Murphy
  • 1975:  Joseph Stokes
  • 1977:  Robert Leighninger
  • 1978:  Assunta and Fred Lilley
  • 1979:  George Lantz
  • 1980:  R. D. “Pete” Rogers
  • 1981:  James Habel
  • 1982:  Roy and Shirley Specht
  • 1983:  Bill Benson
  • 1984:  Ed and Louise Rieman
  • 1986:  Caroline Manakea
  • 1987:  Carl Mack
  • 1989:  John Evans
  • 1990:  Laura and Aubrey Welle
  • 1991:  Lucille Fierce
  • 1992:  Tom Culliton
  • 1993:  Georgetta Patterson
  • 1994:  Father Boni Wittenbrink
  • 1995:  Marie Kelley
  • 1996:  Zada Albee
  • 1997:  Ida Scotti
  • 1998:  Sen. Harold Caskey and Rep. Bill Boucher
  • 1999:  Ken and Teddi Emmons
  • 2000:  Diane Golden
  • 2001:  Jim Tusher
  • 2002:  Dennis Miller
  • 2003:  Bill Haygood
  • 2004:  Beverly Armstrong
  • 2005:  Fred Gissoni
  • 2006:  Rep. Rachel Storch
  • 2007:  SLU Law Clinic and Tom Kennedy Law Offices
  • 2008:  Carson Elliff, Attorney at Law
  • 2009:  Representative Jeff Grisamore
  • 2010:  Marty Exline
  • 2011:  Stephanie Brady
  • 2012:  Senator Jason Crowell and Senator Jim Lembke
  • 2013:  (not given)

The Nathaniel Johnson Award

This award acknowledges a member of MCB recognized for outstanding work in their community, affiliate, or for the organization. Originally named the Federationist of the Year Award when it began in 1971, it was later renamed to the Nathaniel Johnson Award in 1984.

Past recipients include:

  • 1971:  Majella Rigdon and Eleanor Shain
  • 1973:  Laura Welle
  • 1974:  Robert Leighninger
  • 1977:  Don and Betty Clarkson
  • 1978:  Wenona Sucher
  • 1979:  Ed and Louise Rieman
  • 1982:  Fred and Assunta Lilley
  • 1983:  Beverly Haase
  • 1984:  Nathaniel Johnson
  • 1985:  Glen Carmack
  • 1986:  Francis and Dorothy Moranville
  • 1987:  Edward Lanser
  • 1988:  Eugene Edwards
  • 1989:  Bill Longinotti
  • 1990:  Liesa Wasson
  • 1991:  Shirley Brokaw
  • 1992:  Eujean Dody
  • 1993:  Don and Beverly Shockley
  • 1994:  Carolyn Anderson
  • 1995:  Roy and Edna Freeman
  • 1996:  Jenny Echos
  • 1997:  Harvey House
  • 1998:  Gene Weathers
  • 1999:  Michael Keller
  • 2000:  John Weidlich
  • 2001:  Leroy Welch
  • 2002:  Marie Thompson
  • 2003:  Letha Dangerfield
  • 2004:  Maryan Harrison
  • 2005:  Phyllis Lovett
  • 2006:  Celita White
  • 2007:  Ted Jeffers
  • 2008:  Eldon Cox
  • 2009:  Linda Hailey
  • 2010:  Charles Johnson
  • 2011:  (not given)
  • 2012:  William and Tracey Hawkins
  • 2013:  Harold Poiry

The Darrell Lauer “Outstanding Leadership Award”

This award is given in recognition of outstanding and exceptional leadership in MCB and in the community.

Past recipients include:

  • 2004:  Edna and Roy Freeman
  • 2005:  (not given)
  • 2006:  Chip Hailey
  • 2007:  Kathey Wheeler
  • 2008:  Linda Gerken and James Hollins
  • 2009:  (not given)
  • 2010:  (not given)
  • 2011:  (not given)
  • 2012:  Chip Hailey
  • 2013:  Brenda Gardner

MCB President's Award

This award acknowledges extraordinary personal service to the President or to MCB.

Past recipients include:

  • 1997:  Charles Smith
  • 1998:  Paul Mathews
  • 1999:  Linda Burris
  • 2000:  Donna Giger
  • 2001:  Celita White
  • 2002:  Nancy Hodson
  • 2003:  Brandi Emmons
  • 2004:  Tom and Sharon Armstrong
  • 2005:  Yvonne Schnitzler
  • 2006:  Wanda Lentz
  • 2007:  Danny Wheeler
  • 2008:  Christina Coyle
  • 2009:  Virginia Berberick
  • 2010:  Jennifer Parker
  • 2011:  Michael Keller
  • 2012:  Darren Bone
  • 2013:  Jesuita Tabor

ACB Lifetime Membership Awards

Past recipients include:

  • 1994:  Darrell Lauer
  • 1995:  Edna Freeman
  • 1996:  Shirley Brokaw
  • 1997:  Carl Mack
  • 1998:  Beryl Masters
  • 1999:  Ken Emmons
  • 2000:  Lucille Fierce
  • 2001:  (not given)
  • 2002:  Chip Hailey
  • 2003:  Bessie Reece
  • 2004:  Jerry Annunzio
  • 2005:  Bill Burris
  • 2006:  Donna Giger
  • 2007:  Leroy Welch
  • 2008:  Linda Burris
  • 2009:  Mildred Taylor
  • 2010:  (not given)
  • 2011:  Loretta Welch and Ida Scotti
  • 2012:  William Hawkins
  • 2013:  (not given)

MCB Member of the Year Awards

Past recipients include:

  • 2010:  Richard Kolasch
  • 2011:  Celita White
  • 2012:  Louise Lathrop
  • 2013: 

MCB Governor's Awards

Past recipients include:

  • 2012:  Governor Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon
  • 2013:  (not given)

MCB Excellence in Media Awards

Past recipients include:

  • 2012:  Charlie Brennan
  • 2013:  (not given)