Judy Jarrett was installed as president of the Syracuse Lions Club at the club’s annual awards night banquet June 13. The event was held in the Syracuse Community Center.
Barbara Grumme received the Gus Duehmig Memorial Lion Award, Eric Reimer received the W. P. Woods Award and Jarrett received her Key Award for sponsoring five Lions.
Charlie Haffner presented the Gus Duehmig award, commenting on the fact Duehmig made a difference in so many ways and Grumme is very active in the club and brings club members into contact with young people and their parents.
Sam Fryback presented the W.P. Woods award to Reimer, noting Dr. W. P. Woods was an Evansville Lion and the first president of Lions Clubs International. He said less than 3.82 Lions in District 25-G have received this award, highest given by the Lions of Indiana. Reimer joined the Syracuse club in 1994 and was sponsored by Duehmig. He is the club’s immediate past president
and has served on and chaired many of the club’s committees. Syracuse Lions earned the international excellence award under his leadership.
Lions who receive the W. P. Woods award have to have been nominated and accepted for the honor based upon their contributions to the principles of Lionism. Reimer received both a lapel pin and a plaque.
Ann Haffner presented Jarrett with her key, sharing the fact the incoming president had given her an application for another member that evening.
Past District Governors D. G. “Bud” and Jeri Seely installed the following officers in a candlelight ceremony: President Jarrett, First Vice President Grumme, Secretary Ann Haffner, Treasurer Doris Yoder, Past President Reimer, Membership Chairpersons Fryback and Reimer, two-year directors Mary Baker, Jerry Wright, Michael Neff and Glen Slabach; one-year directors, Charlie Haffner and Mark Eastway; Tail Twister, Clyde Campbell; and Lion Tamer, Earl Bales. Second Vice President Tom Thornburg and two-year directors Becky Fox and Dale Allen were not in attendance.
Following the installation and awards ceremony past President Reimer presented the gavel and president’s pin to Jarrett and Jarrett presented Reimer with his past president’s pin. In presenting the gavel, Reimer said the gavel is the key to the club and “we’re going to grow and be a great club under her leadership.” Reimer’s past president’s pin is a special one. It is the jeweled pin that had belonged to his sponsor. Reimer thanked everyone for helping him during the past two years and for the support given him.
Jarrett commented on the 175th anniversary parade July 7 and said she thought the Syracuse Lions should be involved. She has also been approached to have the club operate a concession stand during the Aug. 6-8 garage sales. The annual fish fry and silent auction will be held at the community
center Friday, July 6.