The Society bylaws provide for the establishment of awards to “reward the local circles for their adherence to national standards and for initiating activities that promote the O∆K Idea on campus as well as to recognize circles who sustain excellence over time.”
Each year the Membership and Circle Standards Committee reviews and approves awards. In June 2017, the Society Board of Directors, upon the recommendation or the Membership and Circle Standards Committee approved revisions to the Circle Recognition Awards and approved two new awards.
2017-18 Circle Recognition Awards (2018-19 Circle Recognition Awards will be announced by September 1, 2019)
Circle Minimum Standards – Basic criteria for awards
Beginning July 1, 2019, a circle must meet the Circle Minimum Standards to be eligible for circle recognition awards.
The Circle Minimum Standards can be tracked through the Administrative page on the Membership Management portal. Circles should refer to their status on MMS regularly to ensure they are meeting all criteria. Final deadline to meet all Circle Minimum Standards is May 1, 2020.
Circle of Distinction
In addition to the Circle Minimum Standards, this award honors circles that have completed at least three of the following:
- Selected and submitted the nomination for a Circle Leader of the Year
- Sponsored a circle driven signature event on campus
- Participated in the National Day of Service (or an equivalent service project)
- Applied for the Maurice A. Clay Leadership Initiative Grant
- Submitted a nomination for a national award (Hogle, Roark, etc.)
This award honors circles that have done the following:
- Fulfilled all the requirements to be recognized as a Circle of Distinction;
- Sent delegate(s) to the National Leadership Conference (June 2020) or O∆K Conclave (March 2019)
- Qualified for one of the supplementary recognitions (Membership Growth and Stability or Circle Stewardship)
Presidential Award of Excellence
This award honors circles that have:
- Circle of Distinction for five consecutive years; or,
- Superior Circle for three consecutive years; or,
- Been recognized with some combination of both (Circle of Distinction or Superior Circle) every year for five consecutive years.
To encourage the ongoing health of our circles, O∆K annually will recognize circles in the following two categories:
This recognition acknowledges circles that have accomplished one of the following:
- Consistent membership growth over the past two biennia
- Maintained ideal circle size as identified and reported by the circle
The 2019-20 Membership Growth and Stability application is due May 1, 2020, and can be found here.
This recognition acknowledges circles that have fulfilled at least two of the following:
- Raised funds to benefit a local community organization
- Raised funds to benefit the local circle
- Raised funds to benefit the O∆K Foundation
The 2019-20 Circle Stewardship Award application is due May 1, 2020, and can be found here.
Deadline to meet all criteria is May 1, 2020
* These awards require a separate application