WaSLA – Washington State Literacy Association

Honor Council

The Honor Council Program annually recognizes local and special interest councils that organize and conduct well-rounded programs serving the council members, the community, the state/provincial association or affiliate, and the International Reading Association. The requirements for this award are to be completed between March 1 of one year and March 1 of the next.

To Qualify

In order to qualify for Honor Council status, the council must be in good standing according to IRA Bylaws. Specifically, the council must demonstrate that (a) all reported council officers are members of the International Reading Association, and (b) at least 10 council members are also members of the International Reading Association. Council officers for the year may be counted in this total.

Any new member who joined the International Reading Association after March 1, 2011, can be identified by a membership number greater than 1060465. This information will assist you in determining which local council members are new members of IRA.


All documentation must be sent electronically to IRA Headquarters by March 1. Only completed submissions can be accepted. Councils are encouraged to complete their applications prior to the due date, if possible.


IRA Local and Special Interest Councils participating in the Honor Council program must complete the appropriate number of required and additional items.

For additional information, contact IRA Council Program Associate, Council and Membership Services.

Honor Council Guidelines
Honor Council Checklist
Honor Council Planning Tool


Past Honor Council Awards

2005 – Lake Washington Council, JoAnna VanAuseln, President and Benton Franklin Council, Marcie Belgard, President