The History Behind Golden Lion

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Grand President Maxine Blake with Beta Eta Golden Lion winners in 1993.

By Sally Thomas, Beta Sigma-Mercer University, Member Services Manager

The Golden Lion Award was established in 1973. At the closing banquet of that convention, costumed trumpeters processed into the banquet hall to the delight of the convention body to introduce the first recipients of the Golden Lion Hall of Fame Awards. This award, which is the highest honor that a chapter can receive, recognizes only those chapters that meet the highest standards and are considered Alpha Delta Pi’s ‘First and Finest’ on their respective campuses.

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Golden Lion winners in 2003.
Brenda Welch AO and Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award 1977
Grand President Maxine Blake presenting Alpha Omicron the Golden Lion Award in 1977

The award was renamed the Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award at the 1999 Grand Convention to honor her service and her seventy-five years of membership in Alpha Delta Pi. Initiated at Alpha Theta Chapter at the University of Washington, Miss Blake served as Grand President of Alpha Delta Pi for twenty-nine years, and was named Grand President Emeritus in 1977. Miss Blake had a tremendous effect on the entire Greek system when she developed the Quota system for recruitment that became the standard across the country. She later chaired the National Panhellenic Conference committee that developed the Quota-Total system and authoring Loyally III. Miss Blake passed away in June 2004. The Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award represents the finest of Alpha Delta Pi.

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