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. 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. Boyd Baker, 88, a member of the Katy Lions Club in Texas since 1983, was profiled in an issue of Katy Magazine for another longtime collaboration—his 66-year marriage to his wife Emily, whom he met in 1941. The happily-married couple share 5 children, 9 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Baker, a pastor and author, says of his 86-year-old wife, “It was love at first sight.” The Medway Lions Club in Massachusetts now has two sets of two-generation female Lions with the recent induction of Andrea Faust. She joins mom, Diana, a 15-year Medway Lion. The other pairing is Immediate Past President Dawn Rice- Norton and her daughter, 19-year-old Kelsey Norton, the club’s first Leo to Lion. The club was among the first in its district to accept women. Its membership is about 44 percent female.
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