A Lion for 64 years, Dale Juergens belongs to the Clearfield Lions Club, the largest in Iowa with 155 members. He served as district governor in 1956-57, the year the state’s eye bank was begun. “I’m proud to be a part of Lions. It’s just a wonderful organization that does so much good,” says Juergens, the senior cabinet adviser for District 9 SW. World Blood Donor Day held annually on June 14 recognizes heroes who donate blood. Lion Arjun Mainali, of Hicksville, New York, has been one of those heroes for 24 years. Mainali has donated blood 102 times and was publicly recognized by the American Red Cross and his community for his outstanding contribution. He started donating blood in his homeland of Nepal, and continued when he moved to the United States in 2000. He has organized more than 150 awareness campaigns in Nepal, India, Switzerland and the United States. The Sutter, California, Lions Club recently had its 52nd anniversary, but charter member Ray Frye surpasses that impressive number by almost twice in longevity. He celebrated his 102nd birthday on March 7. Until recently, say Lions, he rarely missed a Lions event. Club members had a small celebration at his home to mark the occasion. North Salem, New York, Lion Janice Hellwinkel is one of 30 women throughout Hudson Valley who recently were named to State Senator Greg Ball’s Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. The award recognizes women who are extraordinarily committed to volunteer service and civic commitment. She was the first woman to serve as president of her club and is also involved in numerous other activities that benefit her community. She has also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her exceptional spirit of volunteerism.
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