After working together on tornado relief in Joplin, Missouri, Lebanon Host Lion Debbie Whittlesey and Marshfield Lion Kevin Cantrell discovered they had more than Lions in common. The two were married last year in Niagara Falls and later held a reception at the Marshfield Lions Club den. Since joining in 1962, John Rickert has been a Lion in Wisconsin, Ohio and South Carolina, where he is currently a Sun City Okatie Lion. Rickert has held many leadership positions and has received honors including an International President’s Leadership Medal, an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation for leadership and a Senior Master Key Award. In Florida, Marco Island Lions Tim Kenney and his wife, Joan, are in charge of the club’s collection of eye glasses. Each year the two collect approximately 2,000 pairs and devote 85 hours to this project. Cecil Balderson, a Waynesboro Lion in Virginia, recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. A member since 1963, Balderson has served in a number of leadership positions. He attends meetings, where he sometimes entertains his fellow club members with his harmonica playing. In California, Buena Park Noon Lion Louise Adlof has been active in both Lioness and Lions for more than 30 years. Adolf is known for serving as secretary for 20 years as well as for baking roasts for 150 people at a time for the club’s yearly meal after the Silverado Days parade. Escorted on the field by two Farmers Insurance agents, Ramona Walhof of the Boise Capital Lions Club in Idaho was cheered by 35,000 people as she received an award at the Boise State University homecoming game. She was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” by Farmers Insurance for her work on behalf of the blind. Walhof is a past president of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Idaho and current co-chair of Cycle for Independence, a fundraising vehicle for the NFB. President of the Brookfield Lions Club in Connecticut, Robin Montgomery is a man who wears many hats in his community. He is also Brookfield’s chief of police, a former F.B.I. agent who served for 26 years and a brave but modest man, according to those who know him well. He is one of 10 recent inductees to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, an honor that celebrates a member’s post-military achievements. Montgomery received two Purple Hearts and the Navy Cross, the U.S. Navy's second highest medal earned for “extreme gallantry and heroism in combat.” In addition to Montgomery’s Lions activities and his law enforcement career, he is also active in a substance abuse and suicide prevention organization and active in military affairs as a veterans’ advocate.
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