Awards, Contests and Recognition
What gets recognized gets repeated. The ripple effect of recognition helps build a culture of appreciation, which is an important way to show members they’re valued. You can recognize exceptional members with any of the following awards.
Pennsylvania District Awards
Community Communications Contest
This award will be presented to those clubs that most effectively share Kiwanis news and the Kiwanis message in their community via all forms of standard, electronic, and social media. An application with information will be mailed to all club presidents and secretaries later in the year from the District Office. All entries must be received on or before July 9, 2023.
Club Communications Contest
This award will be presented to those clubs that most effectively share Kiwanis news, education, information, and the Kiwanis message within the club via all forms of standard, electronic, and social communication/media. An application with information will be mailed to all club presidents and secretaries later in the year from the District Office. All entries must be received on or before July 9, 2023.
Pennsylvania District Distinguished Kiwanian Award
Eligibility for the Pennsylvania District Distinguished Kiwanian Award requires the following accomplishments during the period of July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, except where noted. All entries must be received on or before July 14, 2023.
- Sponsored one new member or invite three (3) prospective member to a club meeting or event through the award period.
- Participated in two (2) service projects/fundraisers/club meetings of ANOTHER Kiwanis Club(s), or Service Leadership Program(s) virtually or in-person.
- Participated in three (3) club service projects and have 36 hours of service.
- Attended three (3) club board meetings.
- Attended two (2) District, Regional or Divisional events virtually or in-person.
- Attended club meeting, project, OR event monthly for 9 consecutive months.
- Chair one (1) club project or event that serves the community members in a positive impactful way while branding Kiwanis in the community.
Pennsylvania District Distinguished Club Award
Criteria is determined by the District based on the guidelines and requirements provided by Kiwanis International. Clubs must meet at least 5 of the seven goals given to achieve Distinguished status. All entries must be received on or before November 30, 2022.
Prayer Breakfast Award
A Banner Patch will be awarded to clubs who conduct and report a prayer breakfast or event. A prayer breakfast must be reported on one of the club’s regular monthly reports to receive award. Prayer luncheons, dinners, and events qualify for this award as well. No form is needed to apply for this award.
Kiwanis Hero in Service Award
Nomination information and award criteria is sent to the Lt. Governor of each Division. However, forms and criteria are available upon request to the District Office. All entries must be received on or before July 14, 2023.
Pennsylvania District Life Membership
Thank a member who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the Objects and objectives of Kiwanis International with life member status in the Pennsylvania District. Individuals who achieve District Life Membership Status are those who perpetuate the objects of Kiwanis International. A three-year minimum length of membership in Kiwanis is required. Each member granted status will receive a framed certificate to proudly display at home or in the office. Each certificate will be individually numbered and a permanent record will be maintained in the District Office. A District Life Member pin will be issued for the member to wear with his or her Kiwanis pin when attending club meetings or other Kiwanis affairs.
Ruby K Award
Honor Kiwanians who invite five or more new members during their Kiwanis career with a Ruby K Award, free of charge. Ruby K pins recognize members for inviting new members—from five to 100 people. (Further Ruby K awards are given for multiples of 25 over 100.) The award is cumulative, so previous recipients are eligible for a new Ruby K when they invite additional members.
International Distinguished Member
Kiwanis International gives “distinguished member” awards to Kiwanians who meet established criteria that demonstrate special dedication to service, membership strength and Kiwanis education. Distinguished members receive a lapel pin and special recognition at the Kiwanis International convention.
Thank a member who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the Objects and objectives of Kiwanis International with life member status. A gold-tone membership card, desktop award, distinctive lapel pin and lifelong exemption from Kiwanis International dues are some of the ways life members are honored.
Legion of Honor
Honor members who have served in Kiwanis for 25 years or more with the Legion of Honor award. They deserve recognition for helping to make Kiwanis the great organization it is today. Certificates signed by the Kiwanis International president and executive director, as well as lapel pins that reflect the highest office held by the honoree, are available for presentation.
Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism
The Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism is awarded to an individual who has risked or given his or her life to save someone else. The medal has honored more than 600 individuals, each of whom has exemplified the supreme sacrifice given by Connelly — a Kiwanis member who died in an attempt to save a woman’s life. Potential recipients are nominated by Kiwanis clubs within one year of their heroic acts.
Robert P. Connelly, 34, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lisle, Illinois, lost his life on September 23, 1966, as he attempted to rescue a woman who had fallen into the path of a passenger train. Both died in the accident. The Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism was created during the 1967 Kiwanis International convention. The award notes that Connelly was “the epitome of all that Kiwanis strives to be.”
More International Awards and Recognitions
For more information on International Awards and Recognitions, visit the Kiwanis International website.