Recently awarded with a 50-year membership pin, John Rasmusson has been an integral member of the Dell Rapids Lions in South Dakota. Rasmusson rolls up his sleeves for everything from pancake breakfasts to a park shelter project. Mark Saposnik, the first member of the Oroville Ophir Lions Club chartered in 2011, was honored as Lion of the Year for California’s Multiple District 4. Saposnik has served as vice president, treasurer and membership chairperson, helping his club get off to a strong start. West Muskingum Lion George Figgins constructed an oak case to display the American flag at the Ohio township’s park. Building the case took more than 40 hours of labor. Leos Janine van Wulven, 20, and her brother Deon van Wulven, 24, are already old timers when it comes to Lionism. Janine became a Leo at age 12 and Deon at 16, and they have both served as district presidents while members of the De Tyger Leo Club in the Republic of South Africa. They recently hosted a Leo leadership conference and have encouraged many young people to serve their communities. In January, the Wardensville Lions Club and Lions Lorrie and Henry Krautwurst in West Virginia were honored to host International Youth Exchange student Meylin Tan from Lima, Peru, for five-and-a-half weeks. Meylin attended club meetings, visited the Smoke Hole Caverns, spent a day at a local high school and toured Washington, D.C. Lion Harper Handshaw received the Monarch Chevron Award for 70 years of service to the Harrisburg Lions Club in Pennsylvania. Harper recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. When Blair Currie was installed as president of the Edenton Lions Club in North Carolina in 2000, he became the first kiltwearing president to assume the club’s highest office. Born in Sanquhar, Scotland, in 1929, Currie’s proud Scottish heritage is evident long after he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1961 aboard the R.M.S. Queen Mary. An author and poet, Currie says one of the biggest honors in his life was being selected to recite the Declaration of Independence at the Courthouse Green in Edenton on July 4th, 2005—his 76th birthday.
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