Lions Clubs International Key Award Program.
3" Long Membership Key
In October of 1930 the board of directors of Lions
International established the Key Member program. Its purpose was to recognize
and reward Lions who contributed to the growth and expansion of the association
through their sponsorship of new members. This program was the birth of
the sponsorship awards and continues today. Here is what I know from my
research. 1930 to1964 (8) keys available as explained in this
1961 Lions magazine.
In 1964 the addition
of the Membership Advancement Key for six new members (9) keys available. In
1976 according to the Lions Magazine the 250/300 Medallion was added and a total
of (10) keys were available. In*1983
according to the Lions Magazine the 250/300 medallion was replaced by the 250
and 300 member keys. In *1991 according to the secretary's manual additional
Keys 350-500 was added , (15) keys
offered. In July of 1995
the Key awards took a substantial change, redesigning
the keys with a new look and numbers. The biggest make over in the 65 years of
the Key award program, a total of (30) keys are now in existence. With board
action in 2002 the key awards was introduced back to the "original style".
The original style was reinstated with (17) advancement keys as presented
in the 2002
July/August Lions magazine. With some minor changes the Membership
Advancement Key was changed from sponsoring six new members to sponsoring five new members. You can compare the
differences from the 1992 magazine and the
current seventeen advancement
key award program.
Eligibility: A new member must remain a Lion for a year and a day before the
name may be used as credit toward a key. Webmaster note: if the Key awards
started in 1930 as the Lion Magazine indicated, a
timeline has been
created to show the keys progression and changes.
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