2008 Ingraham Winner - Marla Miller
Most AKA members that attend the National Convention volunteer in some capacity.
They pay all their expense to be there, and they also assume a share of the work. But few
commit as many hours as our nominee for the Ingraham Award.
When a member accepts a major responsibility at the convention, they know (or soon
learn) that they are giving up their own vacation to help others have more fun. Some
work on the fields as judges or officials, some work on stage, and some present
workshops. A few dependable others, like our nominee, work in windowless rooms for
hours on end. Usually they do the job once and then give someone else a turn. Our
nominee has taken on the same task year after year after year. They have done it with joy
and enthusiasm. And in the process, they have raised thousands of dollars for the
The task I refer to is organizing the AKA Bag Raffle. And the volunteer I nominate is of
course, AKA’s own “Ticket Chick”, Marla Miller.
Marla’s contributions are not limited to squeezing money from her friends at convention.
She has passionately represented Region 10 on the Board for many years.
She has also helped spread AKA’s message throughout Europe and particularly across
Great Britain. She and David Gomberg negotiated an opportunity for the AKA to be
formally involved in the huge International Kite Festival in Dieppe, France and Marla has
organized teams of AKA members to attend and staff our pavilion there. This year, 20
Americans will join her there.
For her ardent service on the Board, her zealous promotion of the Association, and her
obsessive fundraising efforts, we nominate Marla Miller for the Bob Ingraham Award.