WHISPERS AWARD – CHEERFUL CLOWN ALLEY #166
History of the Award
Charlie Whispers McBride joined Cheerful Clown Alley four months after it was formed in 1982. He had a passion for clowning and was very active in the alley. He assisted with clown school, participated in many volunteer gigs, and served for four years on the Board of Directors, including as President. He created The Cheerful Chatter and became its first editor in October 1984. Whispers was an award winning clown and attended many local, state and international clown conventions. Pictures of Whispers were included in COAI’s Clowning 101 book for many years. In July 1988, Charlie was instrumental in establishing the alley’s Perpetual Fund. Even though he battled throat cancer, he remained an active and dedicated alley member until his death in 1991. He bequeathed his home to the alley and the proceeds from its sale significantly funded the Perpetual Fund.
The Whispers Award is reserved for a deserving alley member who exhibits, for lifetime achievement, his or her superior dedication to the alley” and commitment to clowning. This is the Highest Recognition for Clowning Achievement and Excellence among alley members. Recipients who have been so honored are:
Previous recipients of the Whispers Lifetime Achievement Award are:
1991 Lillain Flopsey Martin (deceased)
1992 Jack Hey Clown Blasingame (deceased)
1993 No award
1994 Rolf Pookie Kerr
1995 Lisa Twinkles Ezell
1996 Mauri Binkie Norris
1997 Mary Sugar Plum Lostak (deceased)
1998 No Award
1999 Linda Roly Poly Green (deceased)
1999 Donna Sweetie Mathews
2000 Patti Patticake Gilbert
2001 June Cricket Hinkle
2002 Sue Hot Dog Gortemiller
2003 Kay Raindrop Virgin (deceased)
2004 David Backrub Dawlearn
2005 Peggy Yo-Yo Leslie (deceased)
2006 Becky Skeeter Deltenre
2007 Frances Cuddles Poage
2008 Ken Putt Putt Kitchen
2009 Phyllis Daisy Sheffield
2010 Larry Hi-Lo Barber
2011 Lynette Tappy Edwards
2012 Joe Biscuit Holton
2013 Mike Bo Vinson
2014 Patsy Glitterbug McMillan
2015 Judy Peep Cornett
2016 Mary Charmin Whipple
2017 Aldo Cheerio Iglehart
2018 Pam Fluffy Wegenka
2019 Pam Touche Blacklock
2020 Cyndi Giddy-Up Annie Parker
2021 No award (Covid)
2022 Linda Noodles Cooper
2023 Jean KitCat Pirtle
If there is a member of the alley whom you feel exemplifies Whispers’ tradition of service to Cheerful Clown Alley and the Art of Clowning, PLEASE consider writing a nomination letter on that member’s behalf to become the next recipient of the Whispers Award. Inclusion of general and specific accomplishments and information such as set out in the guidelines below will assist the Evaluation Committee make a proper selection:
All Nominees must be active full members of both Cheerful Clown Alley and COAI.
- What length of time the nominee has been an active supporting alley member?
- Do you feel this nominee will continue to display true dedication and serve the alley long into the future?
- Have they held board positions? What alley committees have they worked on?
- How do they support and promote the alley in their clowning?
- How have they exhibited extra-ordinary clownsmanship?
- Has the nominee been positive, upbeat, and sharing?
- Are they unselfish in assisting others, caring, and most of all, just there when needed with no thought of being reimbursed for their time or effort?
- Has the nominee shown dedication and professionalism in promoting the Art of Clowning in other venues outside of the alley or Houston area?
- A truly deserving member will use their clowning for many purposes, and some of those ways may be totally independent of the alley.
- Nominees should be broadly active in clowning both within the alley and in the community.
Please be thinking of your nominee now and get those letters started.