MJF Honors Veteran’s Service Sandy Spring, Maryland, Lions honored one of their longest serving and oldest members recently with a Melvin Jones Fellowship. Lion Bob Van Druff, 92, joined the club 50 years ago and has continuously served his club, district and community as a proud and active Lion. His most amazing service, however, may have been to his country on Dec. 7, 1941. As a young Navy 2nd Class Fire Controlman he was aboard the destroyer USS Aylwin while it was in port at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese air strikes began. From his lofty position on the ship’s turret, he operated the artillery and reportedly three minutes after the deadly attack began, the USS Aylwin was returning fire. Three warplanes were downed by the ship that day. Although a bomb did explode 75 yards off the USS Aylwin’s starboard bow, it remained intact. The Crystal Falls Lions in Michigan recently welcomed 31-year-old Eric Strong as a new member. Strong, who has autism, became a regular fixture at Lions’ meetings and events thanks to his Lion grandmother, Joanie Hietela. When he was invited to become a Lion, Strong accepted without hesitation and has become a valued member who always lends a helping hand for Lions’ service. In Yuba City, California, Lion Larry Munger was honored and humbled when he learned that a park he had been instrumental in upgrading would be named after him. The Sutter Lions, who had all worked on the park improvements, surprised Munger with the news.
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