Verbeck Award; Highest Award given by the Association
The Verbeck Award is presented to that Association member who best displays the ideals of Bill Verbeck–an unabashed love for the 24th Division and its Association–a member who most furthers the interests of the Association and the Division.
It is not intended to reward mere popularity, but more to acknowledge hard work in helping to make the Association more successful.
The award is symbolized by a large silver bowl, the “Verbeck Bowl,” which was conceived to encourage excellence; to emulate the values of William Jordan Verbeck. Initially, the awardee's names were engraved on the bowl itself.
But eventually the capacity for the bowl to carry the names became limiting, so at its 2007 meeting in Columbia, South Carolina, the Association’s Board of Directors decided to continue the “light” that has guided the 24th Infantry Division Association for the past 41 years. It approved the addition of a wooden base to support the original silver bowl, and that would provide an attractive and efficient means to carry the names of those who are to follow, those who demonstrate the values and excellence of William Jordan Verbeck.
Verbeck Award Recipients