Ennis Brooks, a member of the Edison Lions Club since 1937, celebrated his 100th birthday in September. Brooks is a retired postmaster. The Columbus Lions in Georgia bid a sad farewell to members Gloria and Clotar Truppel. Clotar, a sergeant major in the Brazilian army, was stationed at Fort Benning for two years. Already Colider Lions in Brazil, the Truppels brought their enthusiasm and generosity to Columbus, helping out on many service projects within and outside of Lions. Thanks to a Christmas Santa program that Sour Lake Lion Floyd Harkins started in Texas, many families are having happier holiday seasons. Harkins donated a side of beef for a raffle, organized raffle ticket sales and visited with school counselors to identify needy families. After speaking with each family, he purchased food, clothing and household items with the $25,000 raised. A caravan of volunteers led by Harkins delivered the gifts and spread a lot of joy. In Maryland, longtime Perryville Lion Luther Vaught has collected more than 1,000 eye glasses and 51 hearing aids for refurbishing during the past four years. Lion Archibald “Buddy” Macewen joined the Kensington Lions Club in 1961. Now 89 years old, the resident of Prince Edward Island, Canada, is still very active. Macewen has held every office in the club, chaired many events and served as deputy district governor. After the Crystal River Lions helped Ted Tierderken receive a guide dog, he decided to return the favor. Struggling with macular degeneration, the 71-year-old Florida resident happened upon a Lions’ table set up at a shopping center. The Lions told him he might be eligible for a guide dog. After returning from the training program a year later with his new dog, Popi, Tiederken came across the Lions again at the same shopping center. He is now giving back to the Lions and the community as a new Lion. The Yarmouth Lions in Maine recently wished 45-year member Espen Christiansen a happy 98th birthday. Christiansen was a member of the 82nd Airborne during World War II, landing behind enemy lines in Normandy. After participating in several battles from Italy to Cologne, Christiansen received the Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation. As a Lion, he was active in every fundraiser for decades and still attends nearly every meeting. When asked his secret to leading such an active and noteworthy life, Christiansen responded, “Stay busy and look out for others.”
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