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 An overview of our Guild's awards.

Life Member Award
According to Section 2.6 of the Guild's Bylaws:  "Life Membership can be conferred to any member in good standing in recognition of significant, sustained, long term contribution to the Guild."

 2013 Ron Hollod
 2013 Katharine Pogue
 2013 Royce Privett
 2012 William Grolz
 2012 Robert Hewitt
 2009 Bob Crawford
 2005 Jack Klein
 2002 Bob Wright
 1993 Vic Crosby
 1986 Bunny Benson
 1986 Anne Merrill

Best Scale Model Ship Award
Presented annually by the Maritime Museum of San Diego to the best entry by a Guild member at the annual county fair in the Design in Wood Exhibition. See all Scale Model results at the San Diego County Fair.

 2023 Tom Hairston / STAR OF INDIA
 2022 Tom Hairston / CALIFORNIAN
 2021 no award / pandemic
 2020 no award / pandemic
 2019 Alex Roel / PHANTOM
 2018 Don Dressel  / HALIFAX
 2017 Robert Hewitt / Dutch Galliot
 2016 Bill Norris / SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS
 2015 Mike Lonnecker / VIRGINIA
 2014 Mike Lonnecker / Long Boat
 2013 Robert Hewitt / ELEPHANT
 2012 Mike Lonnecker / FAIR AMERICAN
 2011 David Dana / SAN SALVADOR
 2010 Don Leyman / CONFEDERACY
 2009 Don Dressel / SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS
 2008 Henry Bikhazi / BOUNTY
 2007 Clyde Emerson / NAVETTE
 2006 Henry Bikhazi / OLIVER CROMWELL
 2005 Robert Hewitt / GLASGOW
 2004 Gus Agustin / RESOLUTION
 2003 Joe Bompensiero / CHALEUR
 2002 Clyde Emerson / CONFEDERACY

Commander John C Mathews Award
Presented annually by the Guild to the "Member of the Year" in recognition for service during the preceding twelve months. The award was created and awarded posthumously in 2003 to John "Chris" Mathews, a long-time Guild Member who exemplified steady and selfless service.

 2022 Jay MacMaster
 2021 Alex Roel
 2020 Guy Lawrie
 2019 Royce Privett
 2018 Jon Sanford
 2017 Bob Kyle
 2017 Howard Griffus
 2016 John Wickman
 2015 Robert Hewitt (retroactive)
 2015 Don Dressel (retroactive)
 2015 David Dana (retroactive)
 2015 Mike Lonnecker (retroactive)
 2015 Bill Norris (retroactive)
 2002 John C Mathews

 2022 Recipient: Jay MacMaster

Jay (r) is presented the Award by Guild Master John Walsh
Long-time Member Jay MacMaster's contributions to the Guild over the years are highlighted each Summer at the Guild's booth at the San Diego County Fair. Jay annually leads the booth construction prior to the Fair's opening, and helps man the booth over the course of the month long event.

Known to tell a tale or two, Jay is a regular fixture at monthly Guild Meetings and is always ready to lend a hand. Jay freely shares his wealth of knowledge and craftsmanship with new and old Members alike. His vast experience in scratch building with exotic woods produce impeccably crafted and accurate models. Need a tool? Ask Jay: he'll dive into his tool box and produce exactly what you need and share with you best practices in how to use it.

 2021 Recipient: Alex Roel

Alex (l) is presented the Award by First Mate Tom Hairston
As Guild Master, Alex led the Guild through two years of the global pandemic, transitioning the Guild to online meetings to maintain the Guild's continuity.

Over several years Alex's contributions include redesigning and relaunching the Guild's website, as well as leading Community Build efforts, and annually working at the Guild's booth at the San Diego County Fair.

 2020 Recipient: Guy Lawrie

Guy (l) is presented the Award by Guild Master Alex Roel
Guy's outstanding contributions to the Guild as the Newsletter Editor this past year have been instrumental in the Guild's continued success. A playful wordsmith, Guy has kept the Members informed, entertained, and connected during a challenging year for the Guild and world at large.

Under Guy's five year stewardship the Newsletter has evolved to meet new challenges, adding fresh content and new features focused on informing and sustaining our Guild community.

 2019 Recipient: Royce Privett

Royce (l) is presented the Award by Guild Master Alex Roel
The Officers were pleased to bestow the Mathews Award to Royce for his long-time contributions to the Guild. A master craftsman, Royce faithfully brings his current build to meetings on a regular basis, keeping Members abreast of his progress, issues, and solutions.

Royce (also a recipient of the Guild's "Life Member Award") has been a valued Member for forty-one of the Guild's forty-eight years.

 2018 Recipient: Jon Sanford

Jon (l) is presented the Award by Guild Master Ed Torrence
Jon was recognized for his countless hours of service organizing the San Diego County Fair’s Guild Booth and manning the Maritime Museum’s Model Shop.

Working with Jon, one is not surprised when a former student from his days as an educator steps forward with a story from days gone by or Jon engages a curious young visitor about ship modeling.

 2017 Recipients: Howard Griffus and Bob Kyle

Howard (l) and Bob (r) are presented the Awards by Guild Master Jon Sanford
Howard was recognized for his many hours of service at the San Diego County Fair's Guild Booth inspiring both young and old with his modeling skills.


Bob was recognized for his hours of service demonstrating his modeling skills and interacting with visitors to the Maritime Museum's model shop.

 2016 Recipient: John Wickman

John (l) is presented the Award by Guild Master Jon Sanford
John was recognized for his efforts encouraging youngsters into the world of modeling with his San Diego County Fair small ship give-away kits.