A charter member of the Argyle Lions Club in 1952, Aime St. Germain received an award for more than 60 years of service to his Minnesota club. St. Germain is proud to have two sons, Joel and Ed, who are Lions. The Alaska Legislature established November 14 as Walter Soboleff Day. A Juneau Lion for 25 years and Tlingit elder, Soboleff was a cultural and spiritual leader in the state. Soboleff passed away in 2011 at the age of 102. Jeffrey Stribing, a Lancaster Lion in New York from 1978 until his sudden death at age 55 last year, was honored with his image appearing on a new welcome sign for the Village of Lancaster. Legally blind, District 20 N Past District Governor Stribing was a fixture in the town and was involved in many service and community revitalization projects. River Hills Lion Dave Brown received the highest award given by the board of commissioners of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. Brown was a board member for eight years, serving on multiple committees and leading fundraising efforts. Wally Thurow of the Sycamore Lions Club in Illinois was hailed by all who knew him as “Mr. Pumpkin” for his role in establishing the club’s annual pumpkin festival 53 years ago. For several years he proudly led a parade down Sycamore’s main streets riding an old-time bicycle and honking its horn. Under his leadership, the festival grew so large and popular that Lions eventually turned over operations to a community committee. When Thurow died in 2012 at the age of 85, a group of civic leaders and Lions raised $65,000 for a bronze life-size statue of him wearing his stovepipe hat and standard parade attire—a tux topped off by his Lions vest. Installed in a prominent location along the parade route, the statue was dedicated in October. Last year the five-day festival attracted 200,000 visitors; Lions may not organize the fest, but they continue to judge the pumpkin decorating contest, which had more than 1,000 entries in 2014. Sycamore Lions also plan to honor Thurow’s memory with an annual scholarship in his name. Mt. Vernon Lions in Kentucky recently gathered at the grave of deceased member William E. Hunt, who’d been a member of the club for 54 years. They placed a marker on his gravesite honoring his many years of service. After a typhoon hit the Philippine Islands in 2013, Harbor Beach Lions Bob and Sherry Swartz in Michigan initiated a community campaign that collected nearly $4,000 to purchase nonperishable food and medical supplies. Funds and clothing were also donated to Lions to pay for the shipment of 42 cartons containing food, clothing, blankets and medical supplies to various small outlying islands that received no other assistance. When 23-year-old Tyler Brehm was sworn in as the newest member of the Castle Rock Lions Club in Wisconsin, the Lion doing the honors was his own great grandfather, Leonard Mummert, 78. Joining the Lions is a family tradition in Brehm’s family. His parents, Dennis and Stacey Schwabe, are also Castle Rock Lions. Brehm is now the youngest member of the club. Bill Stancombe of the Indiana Lions Club in Pennsylvania was named 2014 Male Civic Leader of the Year for his many contributions to Indiana County. He’s been a Lion for more than 20 years and is involved in several organizations, including the county Humane Society. Two Norton Lions in Virginia are still showing what big hearts they have— six decades after joining the club. Lions Glen Teasley, 84, and Glenn Hill, 95, have been working hard for the club’s Big Heart Project since it first began 64 years ago providing clothing, toys and food for families in need in Norton and surrounding communities. Last year, the club helped more than 200 families.
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