District Awards and Honors
Ralph Lynam Award
The Ralph A. Lynam Award is presented to a club president who has done outstanding work in the club, district, and state. A letter of nomination listing the president's accomplishments for the year should be sent to the District Governor or the Immediate Past District Governor by December 31 of the calendar year in which the president's term ends.
Membership Awards will be presented to the top four clubs in the district with the highest membership growth.
Club Newsletter / Website Award
The District Governor will present a Club Newsletter / Website Award based on fulfillment of the following criteria. The publication must be informative, providing information pertaining to the club, as well as listing upcoming events. The publication must have an appealing layout/style, must be well-organized, and must have a pleasing flow and structure. The publication must also be distributed or updated in a consistent and timely fashion. Newsletters must be consistently sent to the DG, VDGs, IPDG, District Editor, and respective Zone Chair.
100% Secretary Award
A 100% Secretary's Award will be presented to club secretaries who meet the following criteria: All membership reports were submitted online by the last day of every month, the PU-101 form was submitted by May 15, the secretary attended at least two respective Zone Meetings, the secretary participated in one club service project and one fundraiser, the club is in good standing with the district, MD11, and International as of the District Convention, and the secretary attended at least two events including District Convention, MD11 Convention, International Convention, or officer training session. Each requirement must be indicated on the Activities Report at the time of their completion. Applications must be sent to the District Governor no later than September 1 of the year that the award year ends.
MD11 Lions Awards
S.A. Dodge Award
The S.A. Dodge Award is presented to two Lions each year at the MD11 Convention. The award is for distinguished service at the district, state, and international levels of the Lions organization. This honor has been bestowed upon the follwing District 11-C2 Lions:
J.E. Richardson Ralph Lynam
Budd Goodwin Eugene Fisher
Russell Steffens Ray DeWitt
Ben Simon K.C. Conarton
Frank Cutler A. Charles Weir
Bill Hanel Richard Foust
Gene Staelens David Bennett
Neil McLean Stuart Goodrich
Charles Barnes Brian Shepard
Lions of Michigan Foundation Awards
John S. Noel Fellow
The John S. Noel Fellow is the Lions of Michigan Foundation’s most distinguished form of recognition, and the award is available to recognize an outstanding individual for his or her service to Lions and those in need. The award is available for contributions of $1,000 or more to the Lions of Michigan Foundation.
John S. Noel was a charter member of the Grand Rapids Lions Club in 1919, and he was Michigan’s 1st President of Lions Clubs International in 1923-24. The award is duly named in honor of John S. Noel's accomplishments in advancing the cause of Lionism in Michigan and throughout the world and for his tireless efforts to help people in need.
Ken E. Lautzenheiser Fellow
The Ken E. Lautzenheiser Fellow is available for contributions of $500 or more to the Lions of Michigan Foundation. The award is often used to recognize extraordinary efforts by a Lion or Lioness Club member -
many Clubs and Districts use the award to recognize the Lion and/or Lioness of the year. Ken E. Lautzenheiser was instrumental in organizing the Lions of Michigan Foundation in the early 1980's. He believed there was a definite need in Michigan for an organization that could address the medical needs of individuals that had no insurance and nowhere else to turn. Ken knew that if Lions Clubs combined resources, Lions could have a greater impact on their communities and do more to help people in need.
Lions of Michigan Hall of Fame
The Lions of Michigan Hall of Fame is a project of the Lions of Michigan Foundation. The purpose is to recognize and honor those individuals who have had a significant impact on Lionism in Michigan and to preserve a memory and record of their service. Each year up to four individuals are selected for enshrinement, normally one living member and up to three deceased individuals.
The nomincation form for the Hall of Fame can be found HERE.
Melvin Jones Fellowship
The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) is LCIF's highest honor, and is a recognition of humanitarian work and is presented in honor of donations made to LCIF in the amount of $1,000. Often these donations are made by a group or district on behalf of an honoree. Created in 1973, the fellowship is named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones. The fellowship represents humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate.
Melvin Jones Fellows receive a lapel pin and a personalized wall plaque in honor of their commitment to helping others.
Lions International Awards
International President's Certificate of Appreciation
The International Certificate of Appreciation is awarded personally by an International President, usually after the recipient has been nominated by the District Governor. The award is in recognition of distinguished achievements in fulfilling the service mission of Lions Clubs.
International President's Certificate of Commendation
Club Excellence Award
Clubs that excel in community service, membership growth, communication and organizational management may qualify for the prestigious Excellence Awards. Clubs receive a distinguished banner patch to proudly display on their banner and the club president receives a Club Excellence Pin to proudly recognize his or her outstanding leadership. The general criteria for the award include good standing with International, Melvin Jones contributions, membership growth, excellent communication, leadership development, and club development. Please use the qualifications outlined in the club or district application as your road map to excellence.
Lioness Awards and Honors
Karola Klette Outstanding Lioness President Award
The Karola Klette Award is given to an outstanding Lioness President who, along with her/his club, meets the following criteria. The club President must have attended one district officer training event (or sent a proxy), must have attended at least one District Cabinet Meeting and one Regional Meeting (or a club visit). The club President must have attended at least 75% of his/her club's regular meetings, and must have invited at least two prospective members to join the club. The club must have no unpaid balances toward the District exceeding $50, must have conducted at least one major service activity (including participation from the president). The club must have conducted at least one major fundraising project with at least 50% membership attending, including the president. All P&A forms must have been filed and elections with officer information submitted according to district deadlines. The club must have had at least one district speaker for a program. The club president must also certify that all new members were assigned to a working activity or service committee.The award is presented at the District Convention.
Application for the Karola Klette Award can be found HERE.
Virginia Eisinger Lioness of the Year Award
The Virginia Eisinger Award is presented to an honoree who is in good standing, who has attended the November Lioness Conference, has attended a Cabinet Meeting, has visited at least one other club, and has chaired a committee. Nominations should come from a Lioness's club, and should consider only Lionesses who are not sitting officers at the club or district level. Past District Presidents are not eligible.
Bonnie Billings Award
Started in 1979 by PDP Virginia Eisinger in memory of Bonnie Billings of Laingsburg, this award is given to the club that is determined by the award committee to have done an outstanding job of community service February 1 through January 31. Points are awarded for service, on-going service, donation of items, and donation of money. At least two members must participate to qualify.