The Gloucester Lions in Virginia are mourning the loss of Warren Bowers, who passed away at age 93. A Lion for more than 60 years in various clubs, Bowers consistently brought his upbeat attitude to Lions’ meetings and events. Bowers served as a navigator in World War II, and during the Gulf War he delivered messages from troops overseas to their families in the U.S. through his ham radio. Chickamauga Lion Donna Calhoun was inducted into the Georgia Lions Hall of Fame in March 2014 after serving for 24 years. Formerly a Dalton Lion, Calhoun moved to the smaller, struggling Chickamauga club 18 years ago to help strengthen it. Calhoun has held every leadership position and is known for motivating and encouraging other Lions. Since 1996, Burnham Lion Don Baker has personally prepared and shipped more than 68,800 donated eyeglasses. A Lion since 1981, 90- year-old Baker also refurbishes and donates used bicycles throughout his community; he has given 126 bicycles to thankful community members so far. Norman Hartstone, 94, has served as president of the Newton Lions Club in Massachusetts on and off for 50 years since joining the club in 1966. A Life Member, Hartstone first served as club president in 1976, with a few other Lions stepping forward to lead the club in between. He delivers Meals on Wheels and also volunteers at a Veterans Administration hospital and a Jewish War Veterans organization. Ralph Acker, 88, a member of the Appleton Noon Lions Club in Wisconsin, knows his community well. Before retirement, Acker had been a photographer for 40 years with the Post-Crescent newspaper. He saw how much Lions did in their community, and now as a Lion Acker collects glasses from the club’s 40 collection boxes in the area. In 13 years, he’s collected more than 100,000 glasses and delivers boxes of glasses to the Lions Camp in Rosholt for processing.
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