There are two awards that may be presented annually to members of the 7th Division as outlined below.
The Jack Work Memorial Trophy
by Russ Watson
Jack Work is considered by many to have been a pioneer in the hobby of model railroading. During the 1950's and 60's he shared much of his substantial knowledge and accomplishments with the modelling public through many articles in noted periodicals. After his death in June 1996, his stainless steel railway whistle was kindly donated to the NMRA PNR 7th Division and now is the basis of the Jack Work Memorial Trophy.
The Trophy is presented annually to the 7th division member who best exhibits the qualities that Jack Work displayed, namely: imagination, creativity, innovation, artistry, forward thinking, quality workmanship and the sharing of the results of these qualities with the rest of the hobby. The award may only be received once in a lifetime. The candidates are nominated by their peers.
The Award is based on modelling accomplishments and the sharing of those accomplishments and their appropriate model-building techniques and methods.
The 7th Division is very fortunate to have this prestigious award.
The Ross Heriot Gold Spike Award
by John Green
The award is presented annually to the individual or individuals in the PNR 7th Division who has made a significant contribution to the division. It is in appreciation of his/her unselfish devotion of time and effort to further the aims of the NMRA, the PNR and the hobby of model railroading through assistance and service for the benefit of all model railroaders within the division.
The award is a once-in-a-lifetime presentation and candidates are nominated by their peers.
The award is a simulated gold spike on a plaque. The spike is a real E&N (Rail America) railroad spike.
Note: *POY is the PNR person of the year award
NMRA Master Model Railroader Award
We are also very fortunate to have a number of NMRA Master Model Railroaders within the 7th Division.
The following past or present 7th Division members have earned the title of Master Model Railroader (MMR) after successfully meeting all of the MMR requirements within the NMRA Achievement Program (AP). The AP is a system of requirements for demonstrating a superior level of skill in various aspects of our hobby. It covers not only building various types of models, but also building other things which are important to the hobby, such as scenery, structures, track work, and wiring. It also recognizes service to the hobby and the NMRA, which are important as well. Earning the MMR status is a remarkable achievement. Additional AP information may be obtained at www.nmra.org