Sunday, June 23, 2013

Awards for 2012-2013

At the end-of-year social last night, some of the fun was the award portion.  Lion President Joey put a lot of thought and consideration into the gifts she selected for each Lion. 

Lion Neil was compared to an elephant... yea, an elephant.... Not because of any physical attributes, but for his memory.  Whenever we need to know something, Lion Neil is the go-to guy.  He has been a member since the Charter of the Club on May 23, 1983, and is the official historian.  Today we're thankful that Neil is our leader and our mentor. 

He received this plush little elephant stuffed animal and a much-deserved Chevron for his 30 years.  Congratulations to Lion Neil!

Lions Chad and Joe hamming it up. 
Lion Allen justly deserved his award for jumping right in and getting involved.  Not only is he personally involved in all the club's activities, but he has his Boy Scout Troop help out whenever there's a need as well.

And anyone looking at this picture below will take a double look, thinking something's just not right.... but not knowing exactly what it is....

But here's the rest of the story!  Our tallest and shortest members of the club! 

Lion Becky got an award for being the outstanding club secretary she is.  What more is there to say?  Her first year was incredible.  It was said that this year things might make more sense.

Lion Joe was President Joey's right-hand man this past year, chairing meetings in her absence, taking the lead whenever she needed it. You need someone you can count on.

Lion Bruce has had more than his share of health challenges over the last few years, but he's never missed a meeting unless he was physically unable.  This is a true Lion.

President Joey was, shall we say, giddy over giving this next award to Lion Mike.  It was for being the Club Treasurer this past year, but what she's really happy about is Lion Mike will be the upcoming President for 2013-2014, and for that, SHE'S thankful!  We look forward to good things from Lion Mike as the incoming President as well as from Lion Joey as one of his worker bees. 
Last, but not least, Lion Mike got Lion of the Year award.  Lion Mike's involvement in the club shouldn't be taken lightly.  He has a passion for what he does and why he does it.  His reason for being a Lion is simple:  To help others and give back to the community.  As members know, they can always count on Lion Mike to be there for them on an individual basis or in a group setting.  

And just when we thought all the award giving was done, Incoming President Lion Mike A. had a presentation for Outgoing President Lion Joey for her hard work and involvement in the club this past year.  What better gift to relieve the stress and strain but a gift card for Rejuvenation Spa!  Yep.... this is one gift card that won't go to waste! 

Being a Lion isn't about receiving an award or the public recognition, but it's a feel good moment to know that other's notice the work you've done.

This club has an incredible group of members.  All with their own strengths, abilities, and passion to get the job done.  They all mesh together, each doing what they do best.  Some members may have more time to spend than others, and that's okay. Everyone has their own strengths and when they volunteer their time and effort to put it to use, not only is the club a winner but the community as well. It all balances out, the work gets done, members can feel proud that they had a part in making Juneau a better place.

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