The Janis Dewar Distinguished Service Award Nominations

This season NorCal Odyssey of the Mind and state of California lost very dedicated and passionate member of the organization that truly carried the spirit of the program in her heart, Janis Dewar.

To honor Janis’ involvement in the program for the students California North Odyssey of the Mind created  the Janis Dewar Distinguished Service Award to recognize adult volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary levels of selfless dedication to the program as well as creative problem-solving skills, outside the box thinking, and a desire to share their experiences with others.

We believe that by showing appreciation for Odyssey volunteers in our program, we will continue the legacy of the individuals and the program.  We invite any Odyssey participants to nominate a worthy recipient for this recognition.  The volunteer must have been active in Odyssey of the Mind for at least four years.

The award is funded by the Janis Dewar Distinguished Service Award fund created in recognition of her selfless volunteerism to Odyssey throughout her more than 20-year tenure as Coach, Board Member and Regional Director.  Those of us who interacted with Janis Dewar throughout the years, knew her to be selfless, gracious, kind and the epitome of grace under pressure.  Her efforts for students was to aid in learning and growth and for adults to make each person feel special and heard.

We aim to award this honor to someone who has had significant impact on the Odyssey program.  We are looking for someone who may not have an official role, yet is always there helping to make the program work. This award will not be given every year but bestowed when a nominee has demonstrated a “Rantra-Fusca level” of volunteerism or service.

The honoree will receive a plaque recognizing their volunteerism, a write-up on the NorCal website outlining their contribution to Odyssey throughout the years, and a $200 award.

For details and to nominate: go to under the volunteer tab.  Complete the nominating application online on the NorCal Odyssey of the Mind website, All parts of the nomination and letter of commendation, must be received by March 1, 2020 to be considered.

Let’s honor Janis Dewar and those volunteers that make this program what it is today for the students of NorCal. Nominate that volunteer TODAY!