The Eugene Downtown Lions Club’s annual Awards and Installation Banquet was held on June 15th at the Shadow Hills Country Club new banquet facility. Lion President Jim “Newt” Newton welcomed everyone and thanked the members for helping him so much on his journey as club President. He also thanked Lion Council Chair and PDG Rod Bach for standing in for our own Lion PID Ed gear who was supposed to be our keynote speaker, but is recovering from heart bi-pass surgery.
Lion President “Newt” and Lion PDG Rod presented OLSHF “Vision and Fellowship Awards to Lions Mary Fechtel, Twila Butler, and Andy Bakr. OLSHF “Spirit of Service” Awards were presented to Lions Chuck Blanchard, Tim Chuey, Dan French, Judith Grosenick, John Hamson, and Sharon Newton. OLSHF “Honor Roll” Awards were presented to Lions Diane Landon, Ferne Hoffman (not present), Jim Origliosso, John Morris (not present), Ann Musgrove, and Walt “Babe” Curtis (not present). The “Certificate of Recognition” Award was given to Lion Alice Bender and Lion Len Calvert (not present).
Lion Council Chair and Past District Governor Rod Bach gave a compelling talk. He said that we need to thank Lions for what we do, because we matter. We should thank each other often. He quoted Melvin Jones who said “Give to local first and then globally.” He presented small flags to a couple of Lions to thank them for their service and to encourage their future participation.
Lions “Newt” and Rod announced that the “Lion of the Year” Award went to Lion Jane Olbekson who was not in attendance. However, the award was presented to Lion Jane by Lion Immediate Past President Jim Newton at the July 3rd meeting
Lions Newt and Rod presented the “Lion Cub of the Year” Award to Lion Norma Barbisan.
The highest Lion honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, was awarded to Lion Karen Norton and Lion Darlene Thomasec, who was not present due to recent surgery.
The Frank Alderson “Walking Stick Award” was presented to Lion Annie Harris by Lion IPP “Newt” at the July 3rd meeting.
The installation of our Directors and Officers was performed by Lion Rod Bach. He started with the new Directors for 2013-2015 who are Lions Sharon Newton, and those not present including Bob Hixson, Jim Mueller, and Darlene Thomasec. Directors completing their terms in 2013-2014 are Lions Rick Bailey, Gino Barbisan, Bob Rust, and Jan Sohlman. The Officers installed are as follows Lions all: President Wes Reynolds, 1st VP Karen Norton, 2nd VP Norma Barbisan, Secretary Mary Fechtel, Treasurer Jim Origliosso, Tail Twister Twila Butler, Lion Tamer Dan French, and of course Immediate Past President Jim “Newt” Newton.
(Lion Council Chair and Past District Governor Rod Bach performs the Installation for Directors and Officers Lions: (l to r) Directors-Sharon Newton and Gino Barbisan, Lion Tamer-Dan French, Tail Twister-Twila Butler, Treasurer Jim Origliosso, Secretary Mary Fechtel, 2nd Vice President Norma Barbisan, 1st Vice President-Karen Norton, and President-Wes Reynolds.)
Lion “Newt” thanked the members for all of their support and explained some of the things he learned this year. He learned that the last two words of the Pledge of Allegiance are “Go Ducks!” He learned that we do have “invisible” members who can’t attend meetings, but do a lot of work behind the scenes. The most notable one is Lion Tim Arbow.
Newly Elected President Wes Reynolds then addressed the members. He noted that little things mean a lot. One of his goals for the year is for each one of us to bring a guest to a meeting. Another is that we personally thank the people who help us. He would like for us to figure out how we can get all of our members involved and he would like to have a guest speaker from each continent this year. He related that Band-Aids do a good job, but the best thing is to solve a problem with the minimum amount of effort needed and at the lowest cost.
It looks like the Eugene Downtown Lions Club is on the way to another exciting year of living the Lions motto “We Serve.”
Story and pictures by Lion Tim Chuey
Eugene Downtown Lions