Local Lions Recognized for Service
“Hail, hail the Lions are here!” The roar came loud and strong at the 49A Multi-District Convention held this past April in snowbound Valdez. Lions from throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territories met to train each other on various skills to promulgate Lionism throughout the “last frontier.”
It was a proud moment when one of our hometown clubs, the Eagle River Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions, received multiple awards at the District Banquet. Awards included the highly sought after Membership Growth and Retention Award and the coveted Club of the Year Award. In addition, individual members of the club were recognized for their outstanding service to Lionism. They were Karen Burns for District Zone Chair of the Year; Patsy Clifton and Bonnie Leonhard for second place as President of the Year and Secretary of the Year, respectfully; and Amy Demboski for Public Outreach and Training. The youth of our community did not go unnoticed either. Kyle Colvin, the Bear Mountain Leos Club president, won the Leo President of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership, while the club received the Leo’s International Club Excellence Award.
Most recently, at the 2012 Installation of Officers for the Eagle River Lions, Sleeping Lady Mtn. Lions, and Chugiak Lions Clubs, members were recognized on the local level. Sleeping Lady Lion, Amy Demboski, and Eagle River Lion, Doug Sonier, were both presented with the Lion of the Year Award for their outstanding service to their clubs. Sleeping Lady Lions Heather Slocum received the Club President’s Appreciation Award, while Faye Mulholland and Chugiak Lion Brad Gore were each awarded the highest honor a Lion can receive, a Melvin Jones Fellowship.
In addition to regular Lions Club awards, fourteen members of the Sleeping Lady Mtn. Lions Club were presented the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Bronze for volunteer time in recognition of volunteer work between 100 and 249 hours and the Silver for volunteer work between 250 and 500 hours.
Bronze medal recipients were Aina Lenda, Amy Demboski, Karen Burns, Kris Jez, Terri Shanley, Faye Mulholland, Tanya White, Mary Ann MacIntyre, Mary Pederson, Patsy Clifton, Shirley Littleton, Tracy Hupe and Mike Hupe. Silver medal recipient was Bonnie Leonhard.