Rugby Lions Club celebrated its 86th year on Monday at the Eagles Club. District Gov. Dwaine Heinrich for 5NE State Lions was present at the banquet and presented awards for special achievements. The top award called the "Melvin Jones" went to our very own Pat Bye of Rugby. This award, named after the founder of Lions Club International, honors Lions who go above and beyond the "Lionism" to serve their community.
Pat Bye has been involved with Project Joy, Music in the Park, all-school reunion, Peace Poster contest, Art in the Park, Lyric Theater and more. She has sponsored several people into the Rugby Lions Club and was a key figure in starting the Northern Lights Club in Rugby. She is also a past Lion of the Year, director and president of the club.
Larry Fuller was the recipient of Lion of the Year. He was recognized as a person who never has to be asked to help on projects. He is always able and willing to go the extra mile for many things that the Rugby Lions Club does within our community. He has also served on the board of directors and as president of the Lions Club.
The local Gazebo Award went to Judy Paulson for her work during the Lions picnics and Music in the Park. She loves to dish up ice cream and talk to the people who come to enjoy the festivities. She always has a smile on her face and loves to serve her community.
Although not a member of the Rugby Lions Club, Sandy Wurgler is a member of the Northern Lights Lions Club. At the recent Lions State Convention, held in Jamestown, Sandy received special recognition from Lions International President Joe Preston for her work and efforts in furthering the Leader Dog program and starting a new Lions Club in Rugby. She was the recipient of an International Presidential Appreciation award for her efforts.
Lions Club International is the world's largest service organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.
Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
Your local Rugby Lions Clubs are always seeking new members, who have the desire to serve their community. The Lions are involved in many, many projects that benefit the community. For more information, contact a Rugby Lion or visit the web site at lionsclubs.org.
- Luis Coca Jr., Rugby Lions Club President