How to Clean Bronze Award Plaques

Winning an award plaque is an honor for anyone, regardless of what it’s for. However, keeping bronze award plaques shiny and looking like new can be a chore.

Winning an award plaque is an honor for anyone, regardless of what it’s for. However, keeping bronze award plaques shiny and looking like new can be a chore. Melynda Sorrel gives us some tips in her article for eHow on how to clean a bronze plaque and even some reasons that you might have one to start with.


Bronze award plaques sit outdoors and commemorate things as mundane as park benches or as grand as a cathedral. But being exposed to the elements does tarnish them. And they are easy to clean with simple products you can find in your home.


Classic Car Show Tips

While the best part about owning a classic car is lovingly restoring it to its former glory, it is nice to show it off and win trophies for all of your hard work every now and show trophy

Here are a few common sense classic car show tips. Removing all of the rust from a classic car is sure to help you with the judges. No judge, or any car lover for that matter, wants to see a classic that has spots rusted out on it. There are tips for removing all of the rust as well as how to do it.

Polishing and waxing is another way to make your baby shine. Wait until right before the show so that it’s sparkling when the judges see it. While a coat of wax alone won’t win the trophy, if your car doesn’t shine, it won’t get noticed as much.

One of the fun things about dealing in classic cars is getting to show them off once they are restored, and hopefully taking home awards and trophies for all of your hard work. In order to get those trophies however, your classic car needs to outshine all of the others. Dennis Hartman reports for eHow on some classic car tips that will have your car shining in no time at all.


Following these classic car show tips will not only show that you take loving care of your classic car, but will help you to take home the awards and trophies that you have always wanted to.

Wording Ideas for Lifetime Achievement Awards

Whether you are presenting achievement awards for sports or for good works, what you put on the certificate is important both to you and the person receiving it. After reading Ed Bouchettes article for entitled “Hines Ward Honored with Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award,” I started thinking about what exactly should go on the award. What words should be used?

achievement awardA lifetime achievement award is usually given to someone who has dedicated their life to a worthy cause or given to the community in a major way. Because of the importance of the award, the names of very influential people in the community should be on the certificate. You need to write a clear statement letting it be known just what the person did to receive the award. Lifetime achievement awards are a big honor to receive and are only given to the best of the best.

Including phrases such as “awarded for outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment,” is important to let the recipient know that their outstanding contributions are being awarded and noted.

No matter what you put on the award that you are presenting, make sure that the person receiving it knows just how special they are and that the rest of the world knows as well.

Should I Display Trophies and Medals

I remember clearly when I was growing up, all of the award medals and trophies that we won being clearly displayed where the whole world could see them in the family room. There were none that were shoved into a closet or into the attic and “forgotten.” After reading Veronica Romualdez’s article for eHow entitled “Ways to Display Sports Medals,” I started really wondering about trophies and medals.

soccer trophyI mean I don’t remember seeing all of those trophies at my friends houses, although we were on some of the same teams growing up. Does that mean that my family was the only one who showcased every single trophy and accomplishment? I hope not because I do the same with my kids sports trophies, and my own from my childhood as a matter of fact.

Should I display trophies and medals for my kids? Or should I leave that to them? I think many people do at least for a little while. I mean what do they win them for? Not to be thrown into a box and shoved into a closet. I am proud of my kids sports accomplishments and will buy hundreds of shadow boxes to put them in and display if it comes to that. How about you? Do you hide your kids trophies or proudly put them on display for the world to see?

More often than not award medals and trophies get thrown in a closet, where they sit and collect dust until someone remembers them. If you don’t want that to happen to your sports medals and trophies, Veronica Romualdez has compiled a list of ways that you can have your trophies showcased for all to see.

Team Trophy versus Individual Trophy

What is worth more – a team trophy or an individual trophy? After reading’s article, “Trophies More Exciting than Individual Prizes,” I started thinking about just what soccer fantasy trophythose individual awards and medals mean to the people, and the families of the people, who receive them. Do you feel a greater sense of accomplishment from winning a trophy with your team or from a trophy presented to you as an individual? I’m not sure that I can agree with this article although I do understand that it was from a personal point of view.

Yes, it comes with a huge sense of accomplishment to win that big shiny trophy as a team, but shouldn’t there be an even bigger sense of accomplishment in knowing that you stand out from the crowd as an individual, and won these awards and medals on your own? Apparently it depends on the individual and whether or not you are truly a team player. For Argentine soccer star, Lionel Messi, winning individual awards simply doesn’t bring him the same kind of satisfaction as does winning team trophies alongside his peers.

Either trophy will look great in a trophy case or in a frame on your wall at home. But if you are totally honest with yourself, which ones do you find yourself looking at most often, the trophy you share with your teammates or the award you can say that you won all on your own for being the best that you could be?

The importance of working as a team can never be overemphasized in a bid to win achievement awards. To cite an example, recently, Maestro, a company that specializes in designing business technology tools such as mobile apps, desktop and online applications,won two silver awards. The awards were for the Best Advance in Unique Sales and Marketing Technology and the Best Advance in Performance Support Technology categories from the 2012 Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards.

A deeper understanding of the culture at Maestro shows that they work together as a team. Jen Randall, the President and Cofounder of Maestro, attributes their success to teamwork and says this made each of their projects possible.

We can all learn something from the culture at Maestro as we strive to attain individual and collective excellence in our field of endeavor. It makes no difference that you want to win achievement awards and medals in a professional capacity, whether it is do with your career, sports, or car shows or animal shows, just to name a few.

The main lesson here is that we need the assistance of others in order to attain excellence in our pursuits. Hence, coach and players need to work as teams, parents and their kids need to work as teams, and spouses need to work as teams, and even communities must work as teams in order to ensure that they achieve the type of success that is only attainable through teamwork.

Award, medals, trophies and anything that gives you a fine sense of accomplishment should be celebrated equally. All three of these signify a job well done. How can anyone choose which one makes them happier?

WWII Veterans to Receive Award Medals

Our war veterans are a crucial part of our history and many of the veterans from World War II are passing away daily due to age without receiving the award medals they should have been presented with more than 65 years ago.

Historians like Jerry Barksdale that specialize in World War II biographies, are working hard to preserve the legacies left behind by these heroes.  During his research, Barksdale uncovered four veterans from the Athens, Alabama area who were awarded honors during their service in World War II, yet had not been presented with the actual award medals.  He also uncovered distinctions they should have been awarded yet had not.

The four WWII veterans to receive award medals for various honors for their service including the Legion of Honor medal issued by the French government.  The medal was instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte and is awarded “to recognize the special contribution and act of bravery while fighting for the liberation of our country…”  The men all aided the French Resistance during the 1940’s.

Although it is unclear why the men are only now being awarded the many medals they were to be awarded, Barksdale says he feels it is about time.  He believes the men deserve recognition for their efforts on behalf of civil liberation and now is better than never.

Read more about these four incredible men and their achievements in this article.

Charles Wright of Conway was finally handed his award medals for his service in the Iwo Jima campaign during World War II.  Researchers found Wright had been awarded the honors for the two medals, yet after 70 years he still had not received the actual medals. reports on this on this oversight that was finally rectified.

Trophies Build Pride

trophies build prideA customer purchasing trophies for an event at a YMCA recently wrote to us. She said “The children have a high quality product to be proud of and cherish for a life time.” Isn’t that what it’s all about? Seeing the smile on the faces of the children who receive the trophy is priceless. You can see it fills them with pride and builds their self confidence. You can almost hear them thinking “… if I can do this, then what else can I do?” Who knows what the seed of pride will sprout and grow into? It seems as though trophies build pride.

And just as precious is the feeling that the parent of the child has. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is more proud: the child who receives the trophy or the parent of the child who receives the trophy. Cherish the moment.

Achievement Awards for 2012 Movies

When you start discussing achievement awards and trophies, movies instantly come to achievement awardmind. It is always a big deal at the end of any year when the top numbers list of that year hits the scene. Mandy talks about top achievements in her article for, “The First Annual Reelzie Awards: A Distinguished Achievement in Special Excellence.”  There were many, many good to great movies in 2012, but only a few that stand out enough to be mentioned in my humble opinion.

“Finding Nemo in 3D” and “Monsters INC. in 3D” are two of those movies. You would think that just remaking an already existing movie into something that jumps out at the crowd would be lame. Only this time it wasn’t, these were amazing films that the whole family enjoyed.

“The Dark Knight Rises,” while tragic was still an amazing movie that did every actor that played in it justice.

“Frankenweenie” was also a fun family adventure that will be watched over and over again by kids, and some adults, everywhere.

Of course, the Twilight series conclusion of “Breaking Dawn,” will be the biggest hit of the year as the ones before it have been.

The first ever Reelzie awards show is giving achievement awards for special excellence to “Pitch Perfect.” In Reelzie’s opinion the movie, and the song, were the clear winners for 2012. Mandy reports for on the awards and the event as well. Read her article and see if you agree with the choices that were made.

Man Receives Legion of Merit Award

Master Sgt. Darrell Hanning of Houlton, Maine, was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit award earlier last week by Col. Hamilton D. Richards, commander of the 120th Regional Support Group Bangor. Hanning retired from the Army National Guard this past November after 21 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Army. The Legion of Merit is one of the most coveted award medals in the U.S. It was established by an act of Congress in 1942 and it is presented to members of the armed forces for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and achievement.

Hanning joined the U.S. Army on October 8th, 1990. He completed his basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His first duty assignment was in Wildfleken, Germany. Over the last two decades he has worked in a variety of different sectors. He spent the last four years spearheading logistics, deploying and redeploying soldiers and their equipment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The Legion of Merit is one of only two United States military neck decoration award medals, the other being the Medal of Honor. It is the sixth in the order of importance of U.S. millitary awards. Hanning lives in Houlton, Maine with his wife and children.

Build a Trophy Case

Finding a good trophy case can be a difficult task and even after you find one, they are far from affordable. With a few simple tools, you can build a trophy case and save a lot of money. Your very own professional looking trophy and award case. You’ll also get to design the case to fit in with the rest of your furniture and accessories. Read Tyson Simmons instructions for more information. My guess is that after you get started, you will soon understand why commercially available trophy cases are so expensive!

Another alternative is to watch thrift stores for commercial retail display cabinets that can be used to display trophies. Or check the Habitat Re-Store occasionally, they may have a trophy case someone didn’t need anymore or again, they may have an unneeded retail cabinet that would make a good trophy case.

If you don’t feel so ambitious or crafty, you can re-purpose any shelf in the house. Every parent is super proud when their little ones score awards and trophies, and most want to display them to everyone in the world. What is the best way to do that though?  It’s important to not only make sure others see your child’s trophies but that they can see them every day in order to motivate them to strive for more. Janece Bass reports for eHow on the best way to display these awards.