Lions welcome new member Rockford Lion Jan Strauss received a standing ovation as she was named Lion of the Year during the club’s July 25 annual picnic. Awarded for outstanding service to the Rockford Lions Club and the community, Strauss earned this recognition for her highly successful year as club president in building a better, stronger club. To cap off the club’s strong membership growth, Lion Rose Scheidel was inducted, with her husband John doing the honors of slipping on her new Lion vest. The new Lion year started Thursday, Aug. 27, with a visit to Camp Tuhsmeheta, located on Lincoln Lake Road. This year-round camp for the blind and vision-impaired works to build confidence in the camper’s skills to function successfully in our sighted world. If you are interested in serving the needs of our community, call (616) 866-4193 and “serve.”
At a recent Rockford Lions Club meeting, Lion Nancee DeVogel was presented with the highest form of recognition by the Lions Clubs’ International Foundation. Receiving a plaque reading, “For Dedicated Humanitarian Service,” DeVogel was named a Melvin Jones Fellow for her service to her club, her Lions district and especially for her work with the Welcome Homes project serving the needs of the blind. Welcome Homes, a project of the Michigan Lions Clubs, originated in Grand Rapids as a home haven for the elderly blind. DeVogel, an employee and a Lion, serves Welcome Homes as their liaison to the state organization. Recognizing that need had outgrown their facility, the Lions-with DeVogel spearheading the program-have expanded this service to include the normal retirement home through the training of staff to meet the specialized needs of the blind. Now, eight retirement homes are trained and capable of accepting blind guests with more homes on the way. For more information on Welcome Homes or the Rockford Lions Club, call (616) 866-4193.