Honors and 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:

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


Honor Key

The 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.

Calgary ClubKen Baker2015
 F. W. (Ted) Fraser1989
 Clarence Lougheed1926
 Ronald Newport1978
 A. H. (Alf) Williams1931
Cranbrook ClubMaurice G. Klinkhamer1967
 Bert Sang 
Edmonton ClubA. Russell (Russ) Carter1953
 Martin L. (Marty) Larson1994
 Roy Miller1950
 Alex Mitchell1939
 Gordon H. Rennie1985
Grand Forks ClubD. C. Manly 
Lethbridge ClubKeith L. Lowings1989
 A. W. Shackleford 
SpokaneMerle Emery 
Stampede City ClubLeonard D. Cary1996
 Ian D. Greig1993
Trail ClubLes Read 
Wallace ClubH. Ostrander 


External or Internal Expansion Award
(The Jimmie Hubbell)

Awarded annually  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 each year to “deserving individuals” who contribute to the expansion of membership. In response, Gyro created the award named in his honour.

 Edmonton ClubHoward Wilson 1975
 Martin L. (Marty) Larson 1992
 Edmonton CrossroadsJ. R. Little 1992
 Sherwood ParkKeith Bradley 1992


Lifetime Achievement Award
(The Edward Steinbacher)

The Edward “Ed” Steinbacher Lifetime Achievement Award which may be presented annually at Convention “In Recognition of Extraordinary, Magnanimous 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 honour 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 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 honours 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 Honour 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.”

 Calgary Club  Ken Baker2021
 Edmonton Club  Martin L. (Marty) Larson2005
 Stampede City  Ian D. Greig2006


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 honour 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 honour 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.

CalgaryFrederick W. Fraser1971
 Jack R. Jones1982
 Stewart B. Colpitts1989
 William R. McIntyre1992
 Gary A. Cull2007
 Ken Baker2013
 Steve Denny2013
 Robert Lane2014
 William (Bill) Warrack1988
CastlegarTodd Verhaeghe1995
 Derm P. Jackman1999
CranbrookGlen McIver1993
 Hugo Hess1993
 James G. Jackson2010
Coeur d’AleneRussel Morbeck1971
 Lyle Eckness 
Dawson CreekAllan M. Clark1983
EdmontonKen Robertson1963
 Gordon H. Rennie1969
 Lorne Graban1970
 A. Russell (Russ) Carter1979
 Harry N. Mills1982
 Martin L. (Marty) Larson1989
 David J. Burnett2001
 Barry J. Walker2001
 John E. Ross2003
 Roger S. Russell2009
 Walter Yakimets2011
 Fred Schulte2016
 Michael Matei2017
 Dick Nichols2020
 Peter A. Carter2021
Edmonton CrossroadsJame Little1987
 J. Richard Little1992
 Harford M. Watson2007
Grand ForksLeo D. Mills1971
 Arthur Stavenjord1988
KelloggGarth Haddock1970
LethbridgeA. W. Shackleford1965
 Fred Nuttall1965
 Keith L. Lowings1989
 Allan R. McFadden1989
 Ross Held1993
 Tak Okamura1997
NelsonErnest E. Hopwood1985
 Gerald E. Townsend1985
 Jack Morris 
ReginaWalter Evans1963
 Rex Schneider1964
 Harold C. Andrews1979
 Keith T. Picketts2008
 Jack McNeil2010
 Garld Malin2013
 Murdock McIver 
Sherwood ParkKeith R. Bradley1992
 Donald G. Greig2003
 Bernie Kropp2004
 Erik Braun2012
 Jim Copeland2016
 James P. Malott2016
SpokaneWilliams J. Paulukonis1983
 Dante B. Tye1984
 R. Terry Lynch1989
 Harvey W. Weible1994
Stampede CityIan D. Greig1988
 Robert F. Rowan2002
 James R. Duncan2002
 Alan R. Clark2006
 Paul Stout2018
TrailNorman H. Hinton1984
 William Shankaruk1991
 Alfonso Merlo1992
 Ian McLeod2005
WallaceEdgar J. Fitzgerald1980
 Archie Hulsizer2014


International Best Club Website Award
(The John H. Harding)

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 twenty-two years (1954-1976). John was awarded the Honour 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 for 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.

 Calgary Club2007Gary Cull 
 2017Thor Jepsen 
 2020Thor Jepsen 
 Sherwood Park Club2015Doug Porter / Jim Copeland 
 Stampede City Club2010Al Clark 
 2011Al Clark 
 2018Al Clark 


GyroScope Excellence Award
(The George H. France)

“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.

Lethbridge Club Allan R. McFadden1997
Calgary Club Ron Carter2013


District VIII Best Club Bulletin Award

Calgary Club Peter Wrangham1989
  Bryan Sherwood2008
  Bryan Sherwood2014
  Bryan Sherwood2018
Cranbrook Club Jim Kennedy1994
Edmonton Club Gord Rennie1990
  Allan Douglas2004
  Fred Schulte2015
Grand Forks Club Leo Mills1992
  Al Pierpont1993
  Don Lawrence2000
Regina Club Herb Kruger1996
  Herb Kruger1997
Sherwood Park Club Bob Lennox1995
  Bernie Kropp2001
  Eric Braun2002
  Keith Bradley2003
  Gene Thorarinson2006
  Al Gordon2009
  Al Gordon2010
  Al Gordon2011
  Scott Brisbin2012
  Scott Brisbin2016
Stampede City Club Al Clark1991
  Bob Rowan1998
  Bob Rowan1999
  Keith Aird2005
  Alan Pentney2007
  Ken Williamson2013
  Ian Greig2017


International Best Club Bulletin Award

Calgary ClubLarge ClubBryan Sherwood2018
Edmonton ClubLarge ClubFred Schulte2017
Regina ClubMedium ClubKenneth Rockel2015
Sherwood Park ClubLarge ClubScott Brisbin2012
 Large ClubScott Brisbin2013
 Medium ClubScott Brisbin2016
Stampede City ClubMedium ClubIan Greig2018