Lion clubs celebrate end of year

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 23:00

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Your local lions clubs celebrated tonight with their Officer Installation. The night began with the “auction” of the District Governor’s bell and Mountain View Lions’ Gavel. It is a “tradition” of lions to acquire items left unattended at functions, then raise money for the community by allowing that club to purchase the return of their “acquired item.” Tonight $215 was raised for the bell and gavel.

Lion Chuck Ducharme began the installation of officers by giving us a lesson in volcabulary on “synergy.” It takes all of us to make our clubs succeed, without all of our volunteers we could not accomplish what we do for the community. The new officers for Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions, Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions and the Bear Mountain Leos were all inducted and looking forward to the new year.

We then moved on to the induction of six new members into the Eagle River Lions and 1 into the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions. Lion Kris Jez read their oath of membership and they were pinned by their sponsors. We look forward to these new members joining us in our passion to serve our community.

Eagle River Lions’ President Doug Sonnier gave out his President’s Appreciation Pins to Lions Gary Brown, Steve Grohol, Jerry “Tin Star” Jez, Chuck Thomas, Bruce Morinitti, Dan Holiday and Finis Shelden for their dedication to the club and community. Lion Finis Shelden also received a Life Membership for his service to the community. He is also a founding member of his club. Lion Gary Brown received Lion of the Year with Steve Grohol receiving a plaque from the President for his dedication to the community.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions’ President Carolyn Washburn gave out her President’s Appreciation pins to Lions Aina Lenda, Kris Jez and JoAnne Sullivan. Lion of the Year was given to Lion Heather Slocum. With Lion Terrie Shanley receiving a Life Membership for 29 years of service who also a founding member of the club.

Melvin Jones founded Lions International in 1917. The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor a club can give a member for their humanitarians service. Chugiak Lions - Lion Bud Sell and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions- Lion Kathy Vik both received this high honor.

Enjoy your Independence Day celebrations brought to you by your Lion clubs. Our annual 3rd of the July celebration at Lions Park, then on the 4th of the July the annual parade in Chugiak. Please look for us in the Bear Paw Parade and join us at the Park for the 2nd Annual Rodeo.

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