During a recent weekly meeting of the Naperville Noon Lions Club, members gave a tribute to longstanding member, Bob Anderson, age 92.
According to Kenneth Strugalla, publicity chairman for the service club, a fun post on Facebook by Chris Williams provides a little history of the well-decorated member to share here.
“Today we bid farewell to Lion Bob ‘Grumpy’ Anderson as he retires from the club after 58 years of Lionism.” wrote Williams. “Lion Bob began his Lions career with the Lisle Lions and transferred to the Naperville Noon Lions in 1975. Lion Bob was president of the club in 1986-87. He won the Melvin Jones award in 1994, Lion of the year in 1997, and the George Lazansky award in 2008. He has been instrumental in making the Summer Raffle what it is today. He will now get to enjoy his time with his wife Rose of 71 years!!
“The club was happy to announce that going forward we will be awarding the ‘Lion Bob Anderson’ award to hardworking Lions. Thanks for all of your service, Bob. We hope to see you again soon.”
The Naperville Noon Lions Club is always welcoming new members, especially now that one of their members has retired. The service club meets at Braconi’s Restaurant at 12:15PM on the first four Tuesdays of every month. Braconi’s is located at 796 Royal St. George in the Cress Creek Shopping Center off Ogden Ave.
The club’s primary focus for fundraisng and support includes sight and hearing impairment, diabetes awareness and programs for youth.
Well-known for its many successful fundraising initiatives, including Candy Day, Annual Summer Raffle, Naperville Ribfest Funnel Cakes, Lion Mints, its most impressive event is the 5K TurkeyTrot.
The annual 5K Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 22. And everyone is welcome to “run fast, eat later! No penalty.”
Photo courtesy of Chris Williams