Lions moved by the sudden passing in January of Past Council Chairperson John Barnett of Arkansas have funded a scholarship in his name. To date, 59 clubs and people have donated more than $3,300. Admired for his quiet, easygoing manner, Barnett served as a new club consultant for Lions Clubs International and helped lead the way for many new clubs. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Barnett, the Arkansas Lions state secretary and a past district governor. Robert F. Dale became a Lion in 1950 in Anchorage, Alaska, and served as a Lion in San Francisco; Ames, Iowa, and now in Lafayette, Indiana. The Lafayette Lions Club recently awarded him a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship. After hearing about a family who lost everything in a fire just before Christmas, Grand Junction, Colorado, Lion Steve Stewart spearheaded an effort to collect donations of furniture, clothing and household items to replace what was lost. The family was surprised when they visited what they thought would be an empty storage unit to store what was left of their belongings, only to find it full of necessities as well as Christmas presents. The Central Berks Lions Club in Pennsylvania held a celebration for the 100th birthday of one of its members, Marie H. Kline. Kline joined the Lions when she was 97; her husband, Norman, is a founding member of the 63-year-old club.
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