History of the LEJO Perpetual
Award. The Award is presented each year for exceptional,
dedicated and/or accidental service to the amateur community. The
handcrafted 10-pound iron keyer was the original
idea of Lee Owens, WD6DGI(SK), in
1978. Lee, known for his ingenious handy work, presented the keyer to Joe Brown, W6UBQ(SK),
while he was in the hospital recovering. Joe was so impressed with
the novelty of the keyer, he decided to present
it to the club as a perpetual trophy for others to enjoy. Hence, the LE
(for Lee) JO (for Joe) award was conceived.
Selection Criteria. Criteria
for the award includes: being an active member in the association; activity
must have been unusual, unique or unpredictable; recipient must agree to
return this key to the club at years end and to be a member of the
selection committee for the next recipient; recipient shall be an average
person, like the rest of us, who may have been at the wrong place at the
right time or vice versa and agrees to bring the award key to each club
meeting for use by the presiding officer as a gavel.
The selection committee consists of the W6TJ Trustee, the Club
President, and the Previous Year Recipient.