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Acts of Courage


The ESAA Act of Courage of Award was established with the passing of Jan Borchardt to Cancer in 2017.

Jan fought a courageous battle to beat her cancer for 3 years. She was a beloved member of ESAA since 1965. Along with breeding and showing her setters she loved giving back to the setter community, ESAA, and regional clubs with her many talents. Jan loved her setters and her setter friends. She was married to Dennis for 49 years and loved being a mother to Denny and Susie, who was her partner in showing for many years. Susie remains very involved in ESAA today. Jan was also a beloved grandmother and great grandmother.

A Note From Susie:

It was a blessing and a privilege to be Jan’s daughter. Creating this Memorial Trophy is my “Gift of Love to Mom” She touched so many lives. Creating this award along with so many wonderful donations from our family and friends will keep her memory and legacy alive.

About The Award:

The Acts of Courage Award is a beautiful Leslie Hutto sculpture. We would like to recognize and award an ESAA member, in good standing. We are looking for ESAA members to recognize and nominate members who demonstrate an act or acts of courage in that award calendar year. Acts of Courage come in many forms; They are not necessarily just through an illness or hardship. Courage can be demonstrated through making a challenging life decision, a move, new job etc. On the next page you will find many traits and types of courage to help you recognize members who qualify to be nominated. The Acts of Courage Award will be awarded annually at the ESAA National banquet. The “selectee” will be chosen from all nominations submitted. A committee of ESAA members has been appointed by Susie, to select the award recipient annually. When you have completed your nomination form, please email them to Mary Nowak If you have questions, please contact Mary Nowak at the email listed.

The Recipient:

The recipient will have their name engraved on a plate and the plate will be permanently placed on the base of the sculpture. The recipient will receive a photo taken of them and the award along with a specially selected engraved item. After the award has been awarded for 10 years, the ESAA Acts of Courage Award will be retired to Susie Kerwin Bush, Jan’s daughter.

Previous Recipients