NB Lions honored for service (slideshow)

MaryHelen Swanson was presented with the North Branch Lions 2013 Community Service Award. She is pictured with 5M7 District Governor Lion Paul Hanson (left) and North Branch Lions President Chris Thoma. Photo by Jon Tatting North Branch  Lion Steve Slaughter (center) received the Outstanding Service Award. He is pictured with District Governor Hanson (left) and North Branch  Lions President Thoma who served as emcee and awards presenter. Photo by Jon Tatting The Lion of the Year honor went to Alex Bates (center). He is pictured with 5M7 District Governor Paul Hanson (left) and North Branch Lions President Chris Thoma. Photo by Jon Tatting Hanson and Thoma congratulated North Branch  Lion Don Nelson (center) for earning the Special Appreciation Award. Also awarded with the honor was Lion Jaymie Johnson, who was not present. Photo by Jon Tatting Receiving the President’s Appreciation Award were NB Lions John Dolin (middle left) and Alex Bates (middle right). With them are Thoma (left) and Hanson. Photo by Jon Tatting Honored with the President’s Appreciation Award were North Branch  Lions Don Hartzell (middle left) and Syl Marking (middle right). With them are Thoma and Hanson. Hartzell also was recognized for being a member of the North Branch Lions for 40 years. Photo by Jon Tatting Shannon Stepp (center), pictured with District Governor Lion Paul Hanson (left) and North Branch Lions President Chris Thoma, was recognized for his 30 years of membership with the North Branch Lions Club. Photo by Jon Tatting Inducted as new members were Dave Bjerga (middle left), sponsored by Lion Syl Marking (far left), and Brian Wirzfield (far right), 
sponsored by Lion Bob Olsen. Not present was new member Scott Johnson, who was sponsored by Lion Alex Bates. Photo by Jon Tatting
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Honored with the President’s Appreciation Award were North Branch Lions Don Hartzell (middle left) and Syl Marking (middle right). With them are Thoma and Hanson. Hartzell also was recognized for being a member of the North Branch Lions for 40 years. Photo by Jon Tatting

The North Branch Lions held its annual Governor’s Night, with a dinner and awards, on March 12 at the Legion Hall in North Branch.

The head table consisted of 5M7 1st Vice District Governor-Elect Lion Terry Wold; Lion Shirley Klein, partner of the district governor; District Governor Lion Paul Hanson; Lion Cindy Hagen, zone chair; Lion Barb Kelzenberg and District Governor-Elect Lion Norm Kelzenberg.

Former Post Review editor MaryHelen Swanson was presented with the North Branch Lions 2013 Community Service Award. Click here for the story.

The Lion of the Year honor went to Alex Bates, and fellow NB Lion Steve Slaughter received the Outstanding Service Award.

Accepting the Special Appreciation Award were Lions Don Nelson and Jaymie Johnson. Honored with the President’s Appreciation Award were NB Lions Don Hartzell, Syl Marking, John Dolin and Alex Bates.

Hartzell also was recognized for being a member of the North Branch Lions for 40 years, and Shannon Stepp for his 30 years of membership.

Leading the event and presenting the awards was North Branch Lions President Chris Thoma, assisted by District Governor Lion Paul Hanson.

Near the conclusion of the banquet, new members were inducted into the club. They include Dave Bjerga, sponsored by Lion Syl Marking; Brian Wirzfield, sponsored by Lion Bob Olsen; and Scott Johnson, who was sponsored by Lion Alex Bates.

— Photos in slideshow above by Jon Tatting