Know an uber-good Iowan? Recognize them with a Character Counts award


February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Nominations are now being taken for this year’s Iowa Character Awards. Amy Smit, spokeswoman for Character Counts in Iowa, says it’s important to recognize our community leaders as well as people behind the scenes who exhibit the six pillars of character “There’s tons of Iowans out there so take just a second to think about the people in our lives that show good character and make a very worthy nomination,” Smit says. There are certain guidelines Iowans should follow as they make nominations.

“We look for people who follow the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship,” Smit says. “We also look for people who do work in their community, who stand up for what they believe and do their best work.” This will be the eighth year for what’s now an annual, statewide awards tradition.

Individuals and organizations can be nominated on the group’s website:, and follow the links to submit a nomination. The deadline for entries is May 14th. The winners will be recognized at the Iowa Character Awards Dinner this August in West Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)