A North Salem Lion in New York, musician Daniel Koch released an inspirational light rock album entitled HOPE. Koch is donating all profits to charities such as Hurricane Sandy relief and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Find HOPE (under Koch’s professional name, Daniel George) at www.danielgeorgemusic.com. Lion Albert D. McCoywas awarded the Aurora Noon Lions Club’s first Lion Lifetime Achievement award. McCoy, a 49-year member and former mayor of the Illinois city, was honored for his dedicated service, leadership and fundraising skills. Murrieta, California, Lions Jon Hansen and Jay Matsler are proudly raising their 10th puppy for Canine Companions for Independence. For 18 months, Hansen and Matsler will be responsible for teaching her 30 commands and providing socialization. Although it is difficult to say goodbye, Hansen and Matsler know it is all worth it when they attend “graduation” and the special dogs go on to provide a remarkable service for their new companions. Nanaimo Hub-City Lion Peter Thomas in British Columbia, Canada, received the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal for his 40 years of dedication to community service. Chuck DeLongchamp recently logged 55 years and 1,200 meetings as a Miami Springs Lion in Florida. DeLongchamp has served in every club office and helped build the first cabin at the Florida Lions Camp for the Visually Handicapped in 1974.
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