Introduction to growth/sponsorship awards by Lion Bill Keller
When I started this research
I sort of put the cart before the horse. The first program that
really kicked off the growth/sponsorship awards was in October of 1930 known as
phase one of my research known as the “Key
Member Awards”. Its purpose was to recognize and reward Lions who
contributed to the growth and expansion of the association through their
sponsorship of new members. Phase two is Founder’s Day (circa 1931) or also
known as January Birthday and Founders Program
(circa 1948) and later known as
and Rededication Month” (circa 1959). The information on Founder’s Day is
currently being researched. Third phase of the growth program was known as the
October Growth awards that started in 1957, which includes the
Jan-Feb-March, and the Legacy of Lions Growth pins, this phase ended in 1999.
The forth phase began in 2000 known as the
Year-Round Membership Growth program that continues today.
What I call phase five the “higher
achievement level” awards which includes Club, Club President, Membership
Director, Zone Awards, etc.
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