Lions Clubs International Sponsorship/Growth
October, Jan-Feb-March, and Legacy of Lions Growth Explanations And Pins
1957-1999 & 2013
In 1957, the board of directors
of Lions Clubs International created the “Lions International Anniversary
Membership Development Program” conducted in October. October was chosen to
celebrate the 40th year of Lions, founded in 1917 as the
International Association of Lions Clubs. The 1957 charm, Blue and gold variation
below on this website could be the first award issued in this program. In
1963, documentation of the first “known” October growth pin appeared in the ads
of The Lion magazine. In 1969 the growth pins expanded to the
January-February-March pins. Lions International attempted a MilLION Member
program in 1969. Unfortunately they did not reach their goal as in this ad
from May 1969. There were a few variations
of growth pins in the months of the
In addition to the
January-February-March pin in 1973, Lions
International announced the Millionth Members Awards Program.
That year LCI reached that goal with
Barney Gill being the Millionth member..
In 1992 no pin was issued and the “First Lion” program was started. You
brought in a new member and you were issued a card, this program only lasted
that fiscal year. In 1995 the “Legacy of Lions” growth pins where added for the
months of February, March, & April . Meaning that if
The Legacy of Lion pin
was issued for the 1995-1996 fiscal year it would be for the months of
February, March, & April
of 1996. 1996-1997 would be for the months of
February, March, & April of
1997 etc (A little confusing).
The sponsorship/growth awards are complex with various degrees of levels. Simply
put, you sponsor a new member and you received a pin after your club secretary
filled out the appropriate
(circa 1980). The growth pins coincided with the “Key
Awards” which has it’s own guidelines. Instead of explanations, I will let
the website take you through the history with the pins, articles, and ads. In
2008 the October Membership Growth Program was re-establish. Not in the form of
a pin but all clubs participating in the October Membership Growth Program will
receive a banner patch as well as name recognition on a
section of the Lions Clubs International Web site. There back!! In
April 2013 the International Board of Directors revised the “October Growth
Award” be changed to the “Membership Growth Award” based on growth in October
and April. Lions that sponsor a member in either October or April receive the
Silver Membership Growth Award Pin. Lions that sponsor a member in October and
April will receive both the Silver and Gold Membership Growth Award Pin.
Webmaster note: When I started this project in 2011, the 1969 & 1971 Jan-Feb-Mar
"I'll Get Mine for Dave & Bob buttons” appeared to be the appropriate award
according to the “Lion Magazine”. Over the last three years of searching for
these buttons nothing has turned up (Pin Swaps/Ebay), there is an alternative
theory that pins were awarded but nothing has materialized in my research.
Webmaster note: All pins are actual size except the "I'll Get Mine for Dave &
Bob" buttons (still just fillers for the mean time), and the Million Member Card
& First Lion cards. (note this webpage is a work in progress.)
Blue variation pin
Gold variation pin
* The ad states bring in one new member you receive a certificate, 2 or
more new members you received the pin.
#1969-B & #1971 are buttons not pins.
## More Golden Anniversary Memorabilia.
### Included in
Centennial membership kit.
^ Lions that sponsor a member in either October or April receive the
Silver Membership Growth Award Pin-
Lions that sponsor a member in October and April will receive both the
Silver and Gold Membership Growth Award Pin (see 2013-2014 for info).
+Silver Centennial Lion: Earned once the new member remains in good
standing for a consecutive year and a day and recognition on the
LCI Centennial website.
++Earn the Gold Centennial Lion award once the new member
remains in good standing for 2
years and a day.
+++ Earn the Diamond Centennial Lion award once the new member remains in
good standing for 3
years and a day.
Lion Magazines from 1970, 1973-1984 courtesy of PID Steve Sherer.