Friday, April 19, 2013

A Fond Farewell

The Mendenhall Flying Lions is losing one of their Charter Members in a few days....  Lion Mal Linthwaite was the driving force behind the creation of the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club 30 years ago on May 23, 1983. 

Lion Mal and his wife, Jean, are moving out of Juneau to sunny Tucson.  Tucson's gain will be Juneau's loss. 

The main reason we get involved in the Lions Club is to give back to the community in the form of service activities.  Along the way, we might attend a Convention  or some kind of Lion training and we realize there's more to being a Member than just participating in service activities.  Besides being an officer at all levels in the Mendenhall Flying Lions Club, which included Club President three times, Lion Mal has been a true leader in Lions Club International:

Zone Chair: 4 times
Regional Chair:  1987-1988 and 1989-1990
District Committee Chair:  5 times
Deputy District Governor:  1984-1985
District Cabinet Secretary:  1993-1994 and 1997-1998
Club Secretary of the Year
Zone Chair of the Year:  1983-1984 and 1990-1991
District Chairman of the Year:  1985-1986
District 49A Lion of the Year:  1986-1987
District 49A Foundation President:  1986-1987

Lion Mal's involvement in the Mendenhall Flying Lions has truly been a gift to the Alaskan Lions.  We wish him and Jean safe travels and a happy new beginning.  We wish him our best!

Lion Mike
P.S.  Lion Mal says he WILL be joining a Club in Tucson to continue his journey. 

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