Dylan Snyder may only be 11, but he has the heart of a Lion already. When Dylan, a South Elgin Leo in Illinois, discovered that a first-grader at his school named Maria was very ill with a rare form of arthritis, he sprang into action. With a little help from his grandfather, Leo Snyder, a past district 1 J governor, Dylan planned and hosted an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise money for Maria’s medical treatment. More than $3,500 was raised for her family. Macon Cherry Blossom Lions Frank and Joan Anderson received the RV-ers of the Year Award from the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest organization of RV owners. The Georgia couple received the award in recognition of their community service work as Lions and for Project Linus, which delivers handmade blankets to children in need. Great Falls Electric City Lion Arvin Swenson received a certificate of appreciation for his 50 years of service, as well as a pin for 50 years of perfect attendance. This Montana Lion has held almost every club officer position and has been membership chairperson for the past 10 years. A Korean War veteran, Swenson is also active in the Sons of Norway and Meals on Wheels. In Connecticut, the Windsor Locks Lions are proud of the graduating Windsor Locks Leos. Leo Jamie Kulas was named valedictorian, Leo Kayon Yi was salutatorian and Leo Sarah Jenkins was ranked third in a 142-member graduating class. Edenton Lion Bill Hicks has been busy serving in North Carolina for decades, holding many leadership positions including club president, zone chairman and White Cane chairman. Perhaps Hicks’ greatest contribution has been his dedicated service to a fundraising gumball machine program. Starting out with just a few machines, the program now includes 110; Hicks regularly travels many miles to service and repair the machines, which collect funds for Lions’ service projects. While on vacation in Thailand, Brandywine Lion Bruce Templeman volunteered at a Buddhist temple where classes and exams for novice monks were being held. Templeman, visiting from Maryland, assisted in food and drink tents and was invited to be a judge for an English speech competition. When he was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his help, Templeman humbly said, “That is what Lions do.”
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