Long-time US SAILING volunteer Jerelyn BIEHL (San Diego, Calif.) has received US SAILING's C.R.E.W. Award. Biehl was presented with the award on Friday-morning during US SAILING's Board of Directors meeting at the organization's spring meeting in Newport, R.I.
The C.R.E.W. award recognizes US SAILING staff and volunteers who effectively set clear expectations, show mutual respect, and are committed to collaboration within the organization. Being presented with the award was a pleasant surprise for Biehl, who was not told about being selected for the award ahead of time.
Biehl has been involved in US SAILING for more than ten years serving primarily on small boat committees. In a quiet, unsung way, she has steadily put forward ideas and promoted programs to benefit one-design sailors. Recently, she took a lead role in the first One-Design Symposium held last fall by not only making a presentation and sharing the MC duties but also lining up more than 30 speakers.
Biehl is always willing to step to the fore. When her teenage sons became more active in sailing, she took a lead role in youth sailing as the regatta chair for the U.S. Youth Championship. One of her many committee members (and a US SAILING Vice President) commented, 'She maintained a positive and cheery attitude with volunteers during the planning and execution of the event, and with the participants and parents during the event.'
She made each volunteer feel that they were making a significant contribution. In addition, Biehl has managed the Snipe class for many years, and recently taken on the Laser class. At US SAILING, she has become the youth representative to the Board and the Youth Development representative on the Olympic Sailing Committee.
But it's not the responsibilities Biehl has taken on that merit the US SAILING C.R.E.W. award as much as it is the way she carries them out. As a leader, she's a consensus builder. Her demeanor is always friendly, greeting you with a smile - you can even sense her smile over the phone. Like most mothers, she puts her concern for others above her own. No matter what her workload, she's readily available by phone and responds quickly to emails, always asking, 'What do you think?' She rarely takes credit for her own ideas, always passing the credit to others. Beyond her strong interpersonal skills, Biehl received the C.R.E.W. award because of her demonstrated integrity and respect for others. One of those who nominated her describes her as, 'bright, dynamic, and enthusiastic.'
The C.R.E.W. award, first presented in the spring of 2002, is now a regular part of US SAILING spring and general meetings. It's based on the C.R.E.W. Member Agreement, which establishes the values by which staff and volunteers strive to work together:
C stands for Commitment to exceptional service.
R is for Respecting fellow CREW members.
E stands for Expecting Excellence as a standard.
W is for Working together in a responsible consistent fashion.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the C.R.E.W. award to be presented at the annual general meeting in the fall of 2005. For more information on the award and to make your nomination on-line, go to www.ussailing.org/awards/crewcard.htm