Lions Clubs International Sponsorship/Growth Pins.
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 pins 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 1970’s.
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 form (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.)

Lion Bill Keller
 


1957-1962
October

Blue Charm


1957-1962
October
Blue variation pin


1957-1962
October
Gold variation pin

*1963 & 1964
October

1965 
October

1966
October
1967
 ## Golden Anniversary
1968
October

1969-A
Jan-Feb-Mar

#1969-B
Jan-Feb-Mar

1969-A
October

1969-B
October

1970
October

#1971
Jan-Feb-Mar

1972
Jan-Feb-Mar

1972
October

1973
Jan-Feb-Mar

1973
Million Member Card

1973
October

1974
March
1974
October
1975
October
1976
Jan & Mar
1976
October
1977
October
1978
Jan-Feb-Mar
1978
October
1979
Jan-Feb-Mar
1979
May & June
1979
October
1980
1.5
1980
October
1981
1.5
1981
October
1982
Jan-Feb-Mar
1982
1.5
1982
October
1983
Jan-Feb-Mar
1983
October
1984
Jan-Feb-Mar
1984
October
1985
Jan-Feb-Mar
1985
October
1986
Jan-Feb-Mar
1986
October
1987
Jan-Feb-Mar
1987
October
1988
Jan-Feb-Mar
1988
October
1989
Jan-Feb-Mar
1989
October
1990
Jan-Feb-Mar
1990
October
1991
Jan-Feb-Mar
1991
October
1992
Jan-Feb-Mar
1992
"No Pin Issued"
1993
October
1994
October
1995
October
 
 1995-1996
 Legacy Of Lions
F-M-A of 1996
1996
October
 
 1996-1997
Legacy Of Lions
F-M-A of 1997
1997
October
 
 1997-1998
Legacy Of Lions
F-M-A of 1998
1998
October
 
 1998-1999
Legacy Of Lions
F-M-A of 1999
1999
October
 
 1999-2000
Legacy Of Lions
F-M-A of 2000
2013-2014
^October
 
### 4/1/2014-
6/30/2018
 
2014-2015
^April
 
+Centennial Silver
April 1, 2015- June 30, 2018.
     
++Centennial Gold
2016-2017
+++Centennial
Diamond
2017-2018
     


* 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.


 
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