Honors & Awards

Gyro Of The Year Award (The Norman L.“BUD” Mitchell) 

The Gyro of the Year is awarded to a Gyro “for Extraordinary Service to the Gyro Fraternity in Club and District affairs ..in the Promotion of External and Internal Expansion ..in Recognition of the Unique Esteem he holds among fellow Gyros ..and for Exceptional Involvement in Community, Business or Governmental activities.”
This award was established in 1991 and named in recognition of Past International President Bud Mitchell. Bud was introduced to Gyro when very young. His parents Norman and Louise were very active in the Minneapolis Gyro Club for over 50 years. Educated at the University of Minnesota he joined the Marines and became a fighter pilot, thus he was ready when the war started. Following the war he became the chief pilot for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune for 25 years and then Vice President for 6 additional years.
Bud, while body surfing with his doctor in Hawaii in 1989, was struck by a rogue wave that slammed him down on the sand, resulting in a broken neck. He was thus paralyzed and spent the next 12 years surviving in a respirator. Overcoming his injuries to some degree, he was fitted with a computer and an air-driven keyboard by which means he continued to communicate to his friends and write about Gyro.
He was heavily vested in Veterans Affairs before his injury and continued to write and support veterans well after. At ceremonies in conjunction with a Veterans Day celebration in 2000, he was on stage to assist as his brother read the speech that Bud had prepared for the event, embraced within his respirator.
However, it is not only for his contributions as a war hero, his business success, or his service through all the echelons of Gyro, that the award bears his name. He truly exemplified the brotherhood of friendship – the tireless participation, the doing for others, and the out-stretched hand of friendship.
He was Gyro personified, and thus it is fitting that the following District VIII members have received this award:

 

 1991  Gordon H. Rennie  Edmonton
 1992  Leo D. Mills  Grand Forks
 1998  Arthur Stavenjord  Grand Forks
 2002  Reginald D. Hares  Regina
 2004  Ian D. Greig  Stampede City
 2006  Barry J. Walker  Edmonton

 

 The Honor Key

Honor keyThe Honor Key is awarded to a Gyro “for distinguished and unselfish service over and above the call of duty, with such services thus bringing honor to, and respect for, our fraternity in the national & international field”
It should be noted that service at the International level is not a prerequisite, but service to International is. This award is appropriate for the Gyro who 1) has given extensively of his time and talents supporting expansion efforts that transcend club and district boundaries, 2) continues to be a constant symbol throughout International of what Gyro spirit is or 3) by his extraordinary achievements and/or remarkable service outside of the Fraternity, that his association with Gyro brings honor and recognition to this organization. Any Gyro may nominate and submit supporting data and make recommendations to the Executive Council to support his nominee. If the nominee is approved by the Executive Council, the recommendation must be submitted to the Board of Governors for ratification.
The award itself consists of a plaque for hanging and a “key,” which is a replica of a Gyroscope complete with moving parts, to be worn by the recipient. When deceased, a recipient’s “key” is returned to Gyro Headquarters to be placed in a permanent display and identified by a silver name plate.
This award is considered to be the highest award that can be granted by Gyro International. To put it into perspective, it has been estimated that in the 100 years of Gyro’s existence, well over 20,000 men at some point have been members of our great Fraternity in 249 Clubs. There have been 160 Honor Keys presented in that period of time. Of those, 25 of the recipients are still living. Essentially all Past International Presidents have received the award.

 Len Cary  Stampede City (Calgary)
 Ted Fraser  Calgary
 D.C. Manly  Grand Forks
 Roy Miller  Edmonton
 Alex Mitchell  Edmonton
 H. Ostrander  Wallace
 Les Read  Trail
 Gordon Rennie  Edmonton
 Martin L. Larson  Edmonton
 Ian D. Greig  Stampede City
 Ken Baker  Calgary Club

Jimmie Hubbell Award.

Awarded Yearly for Contributing the Most to the External or Internal Expansion of Gyro.

Jimmie Hubbell, a charter member of the Cleveland Gyro Club when it was created in 1912, remained a staunch member of the fraternity all his life. It was Jimmie who offered the name for the club, based it has been assumed, on the steadfast position of that amazing device, the gyroscope, during the year.
Years later, in 1974, Jimmie, still thinking of Gyro, proposed a special recognition be given ear year to “deserving individuals” who contribute to the expansion of membership. In response, Gyro created the award named in his honor.ard (External or Internal Expansion)

 1975  Howard Wilson  Edmonton
 1992  Martin L. Larson  Edmonton
 1992  J.R. Little  Edmonton Crossroads
 1992  Keith Bradley  Sherwood Park

Lifetime Achievement Award (The Edward Steinbacher)

The Edward “Ed” Steinbacher Lifetime Achievement Award which may be presented annyally at Convention “In Recognition of Extraordinary, Magnaminous and Perpetual Service to the Gyro Fraternity of Friendship”
In 2005 the Executive Council of Gyro, in order to recognize the dedication of individuals, over an extended period of time to the cause of Gyro, decided to create a special award. They chose to title it the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Gyro Ed Steinbacher, of the Gyro Club of Milwaukee, and Past District Governor of District II, had just died, and it seemed a perfect time to honor this man, who exemplified just the qualities they sought to recognize.
Nominations for this award are made by any Gyro Club, District or by Gyro International, and any Gyro can become a candidate. International officers review and consider all nominations and present the award or awards at the next annual convention. The award seeks to honor a member who has made significant recent contributions to Gyro and who has also given of his time over the course of at least twenty years. It is symbolized by a plaque given to the recipient, with his name prominently displayed thereon.
It is fitting that this award honors Gyro Ed Steinbacher. Ed was an involved member of his own club, serving as Club President and for many years as the Secretary/Treasurer. He was the recipient of the Gyro Award of Merit, the Honor Key, and the Gyro of the Year Award.
As Governor of District II, he also served as a valued member of the Gyro International Board of Governors. A retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and a veteran of World War II, Ed was active in his community and his church. He was affable, handsome, and erudite. Most of all, he was a leader and a tireless worker for Gyro. He was, in the words of a fellow Milwaukee Gyro “A man who lived to praise God, love his family, love his country and serve his fellow man.”

 2005  Martin L. “Marty” Larson  Edmonton
 2006  Ian D. Greig  Stampede City

The Award of Merit

merit awardThe Award of Merit is awarded to a gyro “for exceptional service to a club or district”.

The criteria for the Merit Award clearly establishes the value and honor that is being accorded the recipient. The award is unique in that it is not given to someone because they have done an exceptional job as a club or district officer – for it is anticipated within a brotherhood of friendship that any member is expected to do a good job in any office, whether appointed or elected, or when serving in any particular capacity.
Rather, this award is presented to the man who consistently renders exceptional service to his District, his Club and his fellow members without any thought of recognition or praise. The Award is given to a Gyro who has performed a task or service when not expected; a man, who day in and day out, serves as a reminder of what true Gyro spirit means; a man who is indeed special and has provided exceptional service.
This award is initiated by written application from a Club or a District Officer. All the Officers of the candidates District must then offer written approval of the request, whereupon it is then submitted to Gyro International, where it is then reviewed by the Executive Council for final approval or denial.
Considerable care is undertaken while under review to insure that the application meets the standards of the award criteria and to insure that the intent and honor that this award signifies is not diluted over time. In testimony to the award’s uniqueness, after 100 hundred years of Gyro fellowship, less than 4% of all Gyros have been so honored. Award recipients are noted elsewhere in this document within the lists of Governors of each district by an asterisk (*), or within separate district lists for those who have been so honored without being a district officer.

 Gary Cull   Calgary  AB
 Derm Jackman   Castlegar  BC
 Todd Verhaeghe   Castlegar  BC
 Lyle Eckness   Coeur d?Alene  ID
 Richard Little   Crossroads  AB
 Ross Held   Lethbridge  AB
 Allan McFadden   Lethbridge  AB
 Ernest Hopwood   Nelson  BC
 James Duncan   Stampede City  AB
 Robert Rowan  Calgary  AB
 Ken Baker  Calgary  AB
 William McIntyre  Calgary  AB
 Harford Watson  Crossroads  AB
 John Ross  Edmonton  AB
 Barry Walker  Edmonton  AB
 Roger Russell  Edmonton  AB
 Walter Yakimets  Edmonton  AB
 Harry Mills  Edmonton  AB
 Ken Robertson  Edmonton  AB
 Tak Okamura  Lethbridge  AB
 Gerald Townsend  Nelson  BC
 Jack Morris  Nelson  BC
 Garld Malin  Regina  SK
 Murdock McIver  Regina  SK
 Keith Picketts  Regina  SK
 Erik Braun  Sherwood Park  AB
 Dante Tye  Spokane  WA
 William Paulukonis  Spokane  WA
 William Shankaruk  Trail  BC
 Alfonso Merlo  Trail  BC
 Al Clark  Calgary  AB
Fred Schulte Edmonton AB
 Jim Copeland  Sherwood Park  AB

 

Best Gyro International Website

John H. Harding Best Website Award John Harding was selected by the Executive Council of Gyro International to serve as the ninth Secretary-Treasurer of the Fraternity, starting in 1978. He served in that position continuously for thirteen years, retiring in June of 1991. At that time, he became the third longest-serving Secretary-Treasurer in Gyro history, only exceeded by founder Ed Kagy who served thirty years (1923-1953) and “Chick” St. Clair who served ?2007 twenty-two years (1954-1976). John was awarded the Honor Key upon retirement.
At the International Convention in Calgary in July 2006, a District Resolution advanced by the representatives of District I at the previous Interim Meeting was approved by the Board of Governors establishing a new award to recognize annually the Best Website amongst all Gyro clubs – use of the internet being thus acknowledged as an advanced method to communicate Gyro information and business to the members. The award was to be named after John Harding, recognizing his long service to the fraternity and to District I. The parameters leading to the award are similar to those used in judging bulletin awards –such as appearance, frequency of change and club, district and international information.

 2006  2007  Calgary
 2009  2010  Al Clark  Stampede City
 2010  2011  Al Clark  Stampede City
 2014  2015  Doug Porter / Jim Copeland  Sherwood Park

George H. France Award for GyroScope Excellence

“The award is given to the best article printed in the GyroScope each year. It can touch on any aspect making GYRO a continuing success as George always wanted it to be.”
The man who became the associate editor of the GyroScope, first in 1980 and permanently in 1981, was a newspaper man by trade, but also a whole lot more as he went into printing and beyond.
George France was a bundle of energy and always interested in talking either politics or GYRO. He was active in politics up to the national level, enjoyed games, gardening, family and Christmas decorating. He taught Sunday School, traveled extensively with wife Peg was a Boy Scout Counselor, and a GYRO for over 30 years.
Some thought that the printing company was just George’s hobby while his other activities were what he was destined for. He could regale anyone for hours on the benefits of the proper candidate for a political office, or discuss the best way to approach a GYRO problem or program. As the driving force behind the GyroScope, George helped one and all to put together wonderful articles for the publication which may not have made great profit for his printing company, but made him feel proud of the work and of GYRO. He could take a mishmash of information and pictures and make a great story out of it.
Many a GYRO sat in the Frances’ upstairs memorabilia museum, or in George’s office to talk about politics or particularly GYRO. George always had some good advice which was given from the heart for the good of the cause. If the advice wasn’t followed, that was fine as there would always be another day to make suggestions as he learned from many years of political campaign.

1997  Allan R. McFadden  Lethbridge
 1998  J. Fraser Cunningham  New Glasgow
 2013  Ron Carter  Calgary

 

GYRO DISTRICT VIII BEST BULLETIN AWARD

Peter Wrangham 1989 90 Calgary
Gord Rennie 1990 91 Edmonton
Al Clark 1991 92 Stampede City
Leo Mills 1992 93 Grand Forks
Al Pierpont 1993 94 Grand Forks
Jim Kennedy 1994 95 Cranbrook
Bob Lennox 1995 96 Sherwood Park
Herb Kruger 1996 97 Regina
Herb Kruger 1997 98 Regina
Bob Rowan 1998 99 Stampede City
Bob Rowan 1999 2000 Stampede City
Don Lawrence 2000 2001 Grand Forks
Bernie Kropp 2001 2002 Sherwood Park
Erik Braun 2002 2003 Sherwood Park
Keith Bradley 2003 2004 Sherwood Park
Allan Douglas 2004 Edmonton
Keith Aird 2005 Stampede City
Gene Thorarinson 2006 Sherwood Park
Al Clark 2007 Stampede City
Bryan Sherwood 2008 Calgary
Al Gordon 2009 Sherwood Park
Al Gordon 2010 Sherwood Park
Al Gordon 2011 Sherwood Park
Scott Brisbin 2012 Sherwood Park
Ken Williamson 2013 Stampede City
Bryan Sherwood 2014 Calgary
Fred Schulte 2015 Edmonton
Scott Brisbin 2016 Sherwood Park

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