End of January we closed the application link and started reviewing the 140+ applications we'd received. It took time and we're sorry for keeping all you waiting for so long. But we want to be perfectly sure when granting recognition that the LEGO Ambassador Network (LAN) is a perfect fit for the community asking for recognition and the rest of LAN's participating communities.
We carefully read through each application, look at the links and consider the motivation put down on why you are looking for recognition. And there's still some out there who think the LAN is about news, products for reviews and influencer activities - it's not. It has some of it, but it is not the primary purpose. The primary purpose is still networking community to community and community to The LEGO Group.
At the end of the review phase we ended up with just below 50 communities divided into Recognized LEGO User Group (RLUG), Recognized LEGO Online Community (RLOC) and Recognized LEGO Fan Media (RLFM). We had to keep the total number of new communities at no more than 50 as the onboarding is very important and run by a group of dedicated ambassadors whom we do not wish to overload when they "work" as ambassadors for their communities in their valuable spare time.
It would be a massive undertaking to name and describe each of them individually, so instead I'll direct you to our Community Locator, where all communities (once settled in on LAN) have created a profile on their respective community, what it does and where to find it. You can also check your own community - should you be a member of a recognized community - or even find one close to you which you could join!
This is the list of recognized communities let in this round.
ALUG - Advanced LEGO Users Group
BiB - Bricks in Bits
Brick Alley North East LEGO User Group
Brick Central LUG
Brickboard - die Brickfilm-Community
CANLug - CantonLUG
ChiLUG - ChicoLUG
EstLUG - Estonian LEGO User Group
Garage LUG (GLUG)
HILUG - Hawaii Lego Users Group
IdSLUG - ImperiumderSteine LUG
IowaLUG - Iowa LEGO Users Group
Kockabarátok Kiállítói Közösség
LCP - LCP Panama
Les Briques en Folie
LUGO - Lego User Group Otago
MILUG - Mid Island LUG
MINT - MINDSTORMS International
MosTechCrew - Moscow Technic Crew
Piemonte Bricks Lug
SALUG - South Australian LEGO User Group
SHLUG- Brick Hobby Friends LUG of Shanghai
TIELUG - The Inland Empire LEGO User Group
WamaLTC (Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club)
WAMALUG - Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO® Users Group
Most of them already have access to LAN, but there is a few which we haven't heard back from yet. We will be trying again this week to get hold of them.
If you are considering applying for recognition, start writing up your motivation and consider if you are a RLUG, RLOC or RLFM. I an week or two, we'll open up the application link again. Both link and community descriptions as well as rules can be found in the "Forums" - all have access to the Visitor Zone and The LEGO Ambassador Network Forum.
Edited by Kim Thomsen