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IRA Honor Council

It is possible for a council to earn Honor Council status by meeting 13 of the 21 criteria set up by IRA. These criteria and due dates include:

7 Required Items

  1. Report of Council Officers (IRA members)
May 1
  1. List of  10 council members (IRA members)
Jan. 15
  1. Increase in local council membership
Mar. 1
  1. Required new IRA members
Mar. 1
  1. Roster of the council's total membership
Jan. 15
  1. Description of membership program
Mar. 1
  1. Three council meetings
Mar. 1

13 Optional Items

All due March 1

6 required

  1. Attendance of a state officer at a council meeting
  2. Newsletter or similar form of communication
  3. Celebrate Literacy program
  4. Reading project in the community
  5. Newspapers in Education / Family Focus project
  6. Five new IRA members (in addition to Required #4)
  7. Parents and Reading project
  8. International project (outside US or Canada)
  9. Young Writers project
  10. Production and distribution of image brochure
  11. Community service project
  12. Scholarship given by the council
  13. Adult literacy project
  14. Literacy program for homeless and at-risk children

Councils will compile information and submit it to IRA headquarters prior to March 1 of each year.

The council achieving Honor Council status will be honored at the

  • Leadership Training Conference,
  • the FRA Annual Conference, and
  • the IRA Convention.