Awards and recognition

Celebrate and acknowledge milestones

2023-24 Builders Club Awards and Contest Information

Add fun, celebrate your club’s accomplishments, and give members opportunities to use their skills by applying for individual and club contests this year. Recognition makes members proud and shows others how successful the club has been throughout the year. It’s an opportunity to share great news about club accomplishments—particularly with the school or organization, and the sponsoring Kiwanis clubs.

Participate in one or all of the following club, member and advisor awards and contests by the April 8, 2024 deadline. To be eligible for contests and awards, a Builders Club must be in good standing, which means it is a club that has paid charter fees or annual renewal fees for the current year.

Award announcements: Faculty and Kiwanis advisors of clubs receiving contest and award recognitions (and district administrators) will be notified by email in mid-May; club advisors will be asked to inform their clubs and individual officers or members about awards they receive. The list of awardees and winning contest submissions will be posted through social media and on this webpage in mid-May.

Receiving awards:

  • Contests: Recognition items for club and individual contest awards will be mailed to your school or organization by mid-May.
  • Distinguished Club and Honor Club: Faculty advisors of clubs earning one of these recognitions will receive an email by mid-May with a link to download a digital badge to display on the school/club website and a digital certificate to print to promote the club’s achievement online or at a club celebration.
  • Distinguished Officer and Distinguished Advisor: Recognition items for these individual awards will be mailed to your school or organization by mid-May.
  • Single Service Award: Recognition items for this club award will be mailed to your school or organization by mid-May.

Builders Club Contests

Contests are an opportunity to celebrate club spirit and encourage club members to use their skills of writing, public speaking, art, design, organization, and video making. Read on and click on the links below to learn about the criteria, instructions and topics for each contest.

Contest instructions and submission forms

Download the Builders Club Contest Guide.

 Contest information

  • Contest online submission forms must be submitted no later than April 8 to be eligible for judging. Submissions uploaded after this time will not be considered.
  • Review the rules for each contest to see what documentation is needed before completing the online form.
  • A club can submit only one entry in each contest category.
  • Contest categories that include photos of club members require uploaded signed photo releases for all club members pictured in images. Use the Builders Club Photo Release Consent Form.
  • Judging information is shared as part of the contest criteria to help advisors and members understand what needs to be provided for their entry to be considered for an award. The provided judging criteria is used by Kiwanis International staff to complete contest judging.

Distinguished Club and Honor Club Recognition 

Award information

  • Each Builders Club can earn a Distinguished Club or an Honor Club recognition if it completes activities listed in the Annual Achievement Report and submits the form and supporting documentation by the deadline of April 8.
  • The number of points the club earns will depend on the number of listed activities that the club completes. Point totals: 20 points or more = Distinguished Club, 16 – 19 points = Honor Club.
  • We recommend that faculty advisors review the report’s activities with officers and members at the beginning of the year. Then, club officers or members can complete the Annual Achievement Report with the help of the advisor.
  • To be ready to complete the Annual Achievement Report form, gather examples of your club’s great work this year, including: a list and written descriptions of your favorite service projects; photos of service project activities [if you’re providing photos of members, upload Photo Release Consent Forms for all members pictured in the photos; copies of completed Builders Club Member and Officer Toolkit activities; an image of your completed advisor Quick Start Guide; images of flyers or posters from projects; and images of planning documents (such as a project budget, list of supplies or project task list).
  • To learn about all the information needed to complete the Annual Achievement Report review this PDF.

Submission form: Annual Achievement Report

Distinguished Club Officer Recognition 

Have any of your club officers gone “above and beyond” to serve your club? Any advisor, other club officer, member, or district administrator can nominate an outstanding club officer (president, vice president, secretary or treasurer) for a Distinguished Club Officer award.

Award information

  • Distinguished Club Officer nominations must be submitted no later than April 8. Submissions uploaded after this time will not be considered.
  • Submissions must be completed through the Builders Club Distinguished Club Officer nomination form. Other methods of submission will not be considered.
  • There is no limit to how many club officers are nominated per club.
  • There is no limit to how many club officers are selected in each district.
  • Kiwanis International employees, their licensees, associates, affiliates, subsidiaries, exhibitors or their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible for nomination.

Award criteria

  • Any club officer in good standing in an active Builders Club is eligible to be nominated.
  • A club officer must be nominated by any member, fellow club officer, club advisor or district administrator. Club officers may not nominate themselves.
  • Nominators can submit only ONE entry for consideration.
  • A club officer must fulfill the responsibilities of their position, specifically stated in their officer guide and listed in the nomination form.
  • By submitting a nomination for Distinguished Club Officer, the honoree and their parent/guardian agrees to the use of the honoree’s name, voice, likeness and photo/video submission in any marketing or promotion without compensation.
  • To learn what information is needed to complete the Distinguished Club Officer Nomination Form review this PDF.

Nomination form: Distinguished Club Officer

Distinguished Advisor Recognition 

Do you know a club advisor who deserves to be recognize for their outstanding care, empowerment, and mentoring of club officers and members? Nominate them for Distinguished Club Advisor recognition. Any club officer (president, vice president, secretary or treasurer), member, district administrator, partner service organization member or other advisor can nominate a faculty or Kiwanis advisor for a Distinguished Club Advisor award!

Award information

  • Distinguished Club Advisor nominations must be submitted no later than April 8. Submissions uploaded after this time will not be considered.
  • Submissions must be completed through the Builders Club Distinguished Club Advisor nomination form. Other methods of submission will not be considered.
  • There is no limit to how many club advisors are nominated per club.
  • There is no limit to how many club advisors are selected in each district.
  • Kiwanis International employees, their licensees, associates, affiliates, subsidiaries, exhibitors or their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible for nomination.

Award criteria

  • Any Builders Club advisor in good standing in an active club is eligible.
  • A club advisor must be nominated by a club member, club officer, other club advisor, district administrator or community partner. Club advisors may not nominate themselves.
  • Nominators can submit only ONE entry for consideration.
  • A club advisor must fulfill the responsibilities of their position, specifically stated in their advisor guide and listed in the nomination form.
  • By submitting a nomination for Distinguished Club Advisor, the honoree agrees to the use of their name, voice, likeness and photo/video submission in any marketing or promotion without compensation.
  • To learn what information is needed to complete the Distinguished Club Advisor Nomination Form review this PDF.

Nomination form: Distinguished Club Advisor

Single Service Project Award 

Did your club plan and conduct an amazing service project within your school or community? Did your club’s contribution have a significant impact? Did club members learn and change from the experience? Did they use their skills throughout planning and carrying out the service? If so, submit your project to be recognized with a Single Service Project Award.

Award information

  • Single Service Project Award applications must be submitted no later than April 8. Submissions uploaded after this time will not be considered.
  • Read and download the Single Service Project Award Criteria, prepare a document with the requested information, and gather images and other supporting documents before completing the online Single Service Project Award submission form.
  • A Single Service Project is a project that is planned, organized and carried out by the Builders Club applying for this award. 
  • Submissions must be completed through the online form; other methods of submission will not be considered.
  • Any active Builders Club in good standing is eligible to apply.
  • Clubs can submit only ONE entry for consideration.

Submission form: Single Service Project Award

Check out past Builders Club award recipients!