House packed for 44th Annual Lions Honor Banquet

I feel somewhat like the words from the title song in the movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit.’ Writing this column on Tuesday morning for today’s newspaper edition, I’ve got ‘a long way to go and a short time to get there.’ Here’s a quickie report on last Thursday’s Brady Lions Club meeting. Lion Robert Barnhill brought his wife Marjorie as a guest. Lion Dr. Lonnie Pollard brought our program presenter, Gary Robertson of Burnham Brothers Company in Menard. They manufacture wild game calls and sell associated products. I’ll try to jump back and tell you more about that in a couple of weeks, when I have only a business meeting to report. Today’s big Brady Lions Club news is last night’s 44th Annual Lions Honor Banquet. The Brady Civic Center was absolutely packed with 354 honorees, guests and Lions in attendance. The student honoree list grew early Monday, as we found out about one qualifying student who had been omitted. So, we wound up with 134 McCulloch County high schoolers, each of whom is sporting a ‘B’ average, or better. Here’s an ‘atta-boy’ for each of them. In addition to the handing out of certificates to the students, there were a couple of presentations. Lion President Randy Richards gave special pins from The International Association of Lions Clubs to Lion Zac Gray and Lion Louise Long for each of them having recruited two new members during the current year. Our Lion Boss also presented Lion Louise Long with a plaque in recognition of her having served as our club’s Secretary for five consecutive years. She’ll be retiring from that job at the end of June. The next recognition went to Lion Wayne Rawlings. The Brady Lions Club bestowed upon him Life Membership to commemorate his many years of dedicated service to our organization. In Lion Wayne’s own words to the audience, ‘Does this mean that I don’t have to pay dues any more’ Yes, Lion Wayne. You can put your checkbook away. Lion Past President Ronnie Gassiot then took the podium to present our Lion of the Year award to Lion President Randy Richards. That is definitely a well deserved honor. After some terrific entertainment from the singing group BRAG, the last official act of the evening was the raffle drawing to see who would win the notebook computer. Retired Air Force Colonel Warren Groves’ ticket was drawn. Since he wasn’t present last night, the prize will be delivered to him in the next day or two. The Brady Lions Club thanks our Lion V.P. John Roberts for chairing this year’s Honor Banquet. He did a terrific job, and all went well. Our entire organization also thanks all of you who attended the banquet, and all of you who purchased raffle tickets to help with our fund raising. This annual affair to recognize the great work of our younger generation is just one of the many ‘We Serve’ projects that you help make possible by supporting of the Brady Lions Club.

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