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AZH Lifetime Membership Award

Stephen Tran Asprodites
Lifetime Member as of 2003
The Audubon Zoo

Merle Moore
Lifetime Member as of 2005
The Denver Zoo

George Montgomery
Lifetime Member as of 2016
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Michael Bostwick
Lifetime Member as of 2017
The San Diego Zoo

Frank Pizzi
Lifetime Member as of  2021
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Nancy Bucher
Lifetime Member as of 2021
The Toledo Zoo

Heather Walek
Lifetime Member as of 2021
Woodland Park Zoo

Lifetime Membership Considerations

The Association of Zoological Horticulture (AZH) Board of Directors invites members to nominate retiring colleagues for consideration to be honored with a Lifetime Membership to the organization.  This award will honor long standing members who have significantly contributed to the success and growth of AZH and the field of zoological horticulture.

Nominations for this award can be submitted to the Board of Directors by any AZH professional member in good standing who feels that a colleague has met the criteria and has announced their retirement from the field of zoological horticulture.  The Board of Directors will review the nomination and vote to approve the award.  

A Lifetime Membership award can be considered when the following criteria have been met:

The nominee has been an active member of AZH for a minimum of twenty (20) years and meets four (4) of the following six (6) requirements.

  1. Served a minimum of two (2) terms on the AZH Board of Directors
  2. Participated in the execution of an AZH annual conference 
    1. Presenting a paper
    2. Session moderator
    3. Organizing a pre- or post-conference tour
  3. Served on an AZH committee(s) for a minimum of 10 years
  4. Served as chair or co-chair of an AZH committee for a minimum of three (3) years
  5. Authored or published zoo related article(s) in the AZH newsletter or other industry related publication
  6. Demonstrated superior leadership by promoting zoological horticulture at their home institution. Examples of activities are, but are not limited to:
    1. Hosting annual AZH conference
    2. Participating in plant conservation fundraising or projects at their institution
    3. Conducting educational presentations to the community or within a zoo program
    4. Participating in horticulture conservation and or research.

Should retiring AZH members not have met all above criteria, he or she may be nominated and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Nominations should be submitted to the AZH Secretary via email.
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