Spring Initiation and Luncheon
The Blue Key National Honor Society is a general honor society which bases its eligibility on all-around leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, and service to others. This organization is unique in that it recognizes students at colleges and universities throughout the nation for an exemplary and balanced record of achievement inside and outside the classroom. Blue Key celebrates and honors the many accomplishments of it membership. It's members express leadership through the engagement in service activities which enhance the well being and reputation of the institution and greater community.
Blue Key initiates deserving students who have a demonstrated record of success and excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service every spring. Blue Key salutes observable meritorious achievement and continued growth, development, and leadership by example. Blue Key National Honor Society recognizes the uppermost percentile of students who have a distinguished and balanced record in all areas.
An important tradition at The University of Georgia Chapter of Blue Key is the annual Blue Key Alumni Banquet. The banquet was designed to bring together business and government leaders from across the state to participate in a dinner program hosted by Blue Key members. The banquet also has served as an occasion to present the Blue Key Service Award from the student chapter to distinguished individuals who had made significant contributions to the University of Georgia, the state and the nation.
In addition, the Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarships (in honor of Tucker Dorsey, an accomplished student leader at The University who died in an automobile accident in 1965) is presented to two new initiates. The AT&T Student Leader Award is presented to two outstanding student leaders. Also, the Richard B. Russell Leadership Award is presented to one outstanding student leader
2005 Blue Key Day at the Capitol
During the 2005 Georgia Legislature session, 15 Blue Key students traveled to Atlanta together with advisor Bob Izlar and Janet Lance to meet government and business leaders who are personally supportive of the University's Blue Key program. On February 1st, the students met with Governor Sonny Perdue and Secretary of State Cathy Cox. From the Capitol they went to the Commerce Club where Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored a lunch for the Blue Key students, Blue Key alumni and legislators. The students had the opportunity during the lunch to meet Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court Norman Fletcher; Representatives Jane Kidd and Keith Heard; Commisioner Tommy Irvin; Abit Massey from the Georgia Poultry Federation; Earl Leonard, retired executive from Coca-Cola; Attorney Keith Mason; Senior Communications Coordinator for Georgia-Pacific Mark Anthony Thomas; and members of the Blue Cross/Blue Shields team. This luncheon was a wonderful opportunity for the new initiates of Blue Key to interact with the Blue Key alumni and friends. Afterwards they met with Chief Justice Norman Fletcher in his chambers.
2006 Blue Key Day at the Capitol
During the 2006 Georgia Legislative Session, several Blue Key members, including students and alumni, traveled to Atlanta to meet government and business leaders who are personally supportive of the University’s Blue Key Chapter. On January 24th, each of the Blue Key members had the opportunity to meet with Governor Sonny Perdue and Secretary of State Cathy Cox. Both the Governor and the Secretary of State had many encouraging words for the Blue Key members, as well as several insightful ideas concerning leadership and service. Following the meetings at the Capitol, the group traveled to the Commerce Club where BlueCross/BlueShield sponsored a luncheon for the Blue Key students, alumni, and legislators. The luncheon was a wonderful opportunity for the new initiates of Blue Key to interact with Blue Key alumni and friends. Afterwards, the group traveled back to the Capitol where they met several Georgia Senators as well as Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor while listening to the debates on the Senate floor. Once again, the annual “Blue Key Day at the Capitol” was a successful and extremely enjoyable event.