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.
Selection Committee. The selection committee consists of the W6TJ Trustee, the Club President, and the Previous Year Recipient.
2021 LEJO Perpetual Award Recipient
Madeleine Haase AJ6MF
|2011||Tom Whelchel (SK)||WA6TLL|
|2007||Paul Matthews (SK)||WA6DDL|
|2003||E. E. “Van” Van Noty||AA6SD|
|1992||Betty Ann Merrill||KC6ING|
|1978||Joe Brown (SK)||W6UBQ|