Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

Recognition Awards:  Ruby Distinguished Service

Service Award Level: National - One Award

To submit an application, click here.

Distinguished Service Ruby Recognition

  • This is the most prestigious recognition presented by ESP and is designed to recognize truly outstanding thinking, performance, and leadership in Extension. It is understood that the recipient has made highly significant contributions on the state, regional, national, and (when applicable) international Extension scenes in a variety of ways and over a career that spans a lifetime.
  • One nominee per chapter per year.
  • One national recognition annually to an ESP member whose dues are paid for the previous year and the current year (by February 1).
  • Gold ESP insignia pin, inset with ruby stone and one diamond per 10 years of service, and plaque presented to recipient during the National ESP Conference Recognition Event.
  • The recipient is responsible for travel costs to and lodging at the conference. ESP encourages attendance at the entire conference.
  • The recipient will be responsible to provide an electronic photo and an article which is used to announce the winner.
  • The recipient gives the Ruby Lecture at the National ESP Conference.
  • The recipient will be expected to provide a transcript of the lecture to be posted on the website and entered into the archives.
  • The cost of the diamond insets is the responsibility of the sponsoring chapter.
  • The National Organization provides a registration to the conference and two banquet tickets.

Instructions for Distinguished Service Ruby Nomination 

  • Nominations for Distinguished Service Ruby Recognition are submitted using the on-line form by selecting the Forms Applications / Reports Tab, then Recognition Awards Application Tab, the National/Regional Recognition tab, and finally the Distinguished Service Ruby Tab. 
  • The summary information included on the nomination form of nominees selected for national recognition will be used for the recognition presentation and for the recognition booklet.
  • Note that Ruby nominees that are not selected will be automatically re-considered for recognition during the year following their initial nomination.  
  • The Ruby application document is submitted online at the ESP National website and must include: o Professional accomplishments: o Achievements/honors related to Extension and/or area of responsibility.
  • Authorship of books, bulletins, articles, speeches. o Committees, task forces, study groups, etc. (state, regional, national).
  • Special presentations at professional meetings and conferences. o Special leadership positions held (state, regional, national). o Contributions to professionalism through group and individual activities.
  • Program accomplishments: o Career highlights that explain clearly the professional and leadership role the candidate(s) has/have played in planning, implementing, and/or administering strong Extension policies, procedures, programs, and trends at the state, regional, national, and (when applicable) international levels.
  • Summary Statement of Support are concise, well written, easy-to-read narrative summary statement (50-75 words) intended to place the nominee in a very positive light for the reader. This brief statement will be used in the Recognition Booklet for National Recognition Winners; it may also be used to announce the successful recognition applicants at the award event at the National Conference.



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