The Leonardtown Lions Club in Maryland offers the Raymond Stone Memorial Technical Awards to vocational or technical students in memory of Raymond Stone, a beloved Lion and tradesman. In South Carolina, the River Hills Lions Club proudly presented its 2013 Lion of the Year Award to Nick Rounds. A board member and committee secretary, Rounds’ hands-on approach includes helping to set up the club’s Christmas tree lot, maintaining the club’s website and constructing custom eyeglass donation boxes. Edmonton Northgate Lion Carol Moeller in Alberta, Canada, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee in recognition of her 38 years of dedicated service to the community. More than 75 years after he was sponsored as a member of the Soperton Lions Club in Georgia by his father, Jim L. Gillis Sr., Jim L. Gillis Jr. is still serving his community as an active Lion. At 98 and with a 70-year perfect attendance history, he says his favorite part of being a Lion is “helping people.” He recalls when Lions were collecting donations in buckets and a man told him his personal connection with the club as a young boy. “He said Lions gave him his first pair of eyeglasses, and how he had needed them for a long time before then. He was probably 85 or so.” A banker, timberman, cattleman, farmer and business owner, Gillis has found plenty of time to weave together political life with his Lions life. He has also served on the Soperton city council and as mayor. The Great Falls Electric City Lions in Montana honored deceased member Kenny Pahrman by singing two hymns out of the Lions Songbook. Legally blind, Lion Pahrman was a Lion for 33 years with perfect attendance. The Hartsville Lions in South Carolina congratulate Lion Ellis Parsons for his 64 years of service. Parsons, 97, continues to be an active member and regularly attends meetings. In California, La Mesa Lion Ernest Shaw has a knack for bringing in new Lions. More than 60 members have joined after learning about Lionism from Shaw, a 92-year-old retired doctor who loves serving and sharing his love of Lions with others. Holyoke Lion Mark Meusborn has been enjoying helping out at his club’s ballpark concession stand. Meusborn, who is blind, spent 33 years running snack bars as part of the Colorado Business Enterprise Program, which gives blind people priority to operate food and vending services in government facilities. While operating concessions at the state capitol and other locations, Meusborn used Braille and talking cash registers. Prior to that, he had to rely on the honesty of customers; he says that they were trustworthy for the most part.
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