Patrons new to HLT may not be familiar with the Palmer award for long-term service. When long time HLT member John Palmer died in 2002, members of his family made a donation to the theater in his memory. The Board of Directors decided to use this donation to establish an award for HLT members who have not only volunteered many valuable hours for HLT, but also have made a commitment to keeping HLT’s reputation in the community as a welcoming and respected volunteer organization.
The criteria for this award are that the recipient:
1. Shall have been a member of HLT for a total of at least 10 years;
2. Shall have been an active member of HLT within the last three years, doing a broad variety of jobs to support the theater;
3. Shall have made contributions in time and effort to achieving the Mission of HLT going above and beyond the general volunteer in time and effort; and
4. Shall have been an example to the public of the welcoming nature and high standards of HLT.
To select a winner, at the end of the regular season the President will form a committee consisting of her/himself and at least three winners of the Palmer Award to select a winner for the current year. The President may invite members to advise the committee of potential candidates. The committee will consider all qualified candidates and an honoree chosen. The committee has the option of omitting the Palmer Award for a given year if they feel there are no fully qualified candidates.
Announcement of the winner will take place at the Annual Barnie Awards. In addition to a recognition gift, the winner will have his/her name added to the award plaque in the lobby, will be given Honorary Life Membership in HLT, and receive two season tickets each year.