Kiwanis awards

Kiwanis Awards
"Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless."
 — Sherry Anderson

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.

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.

Distinguished members

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. 

Life membership

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.

For additional information on these forms of recognition, call Kiwanis International at 1-800-KIWANIS (U.S. and Canada) or +1-317-875-8755 (worldwide), ext. 411. Or email

As part of The Formula, special awards are being established to recognize those who actively work on strengthening clubs and our organization as a whole.