Community Press Release – Buchanan-Galien Lions Club Annual Steak Fry

Event photos submitted by Mark Tumbleson and Alice Kring

Buchanan-Galien Lions Club Held Annual Member Guest Steak Fry at Lion Tom Gordon’s Thursday Sept. 9

Press Release & Photos Submitted by Mark Tumbleson and Alice Kring

Good fellowship, steak, sweet corn, and the fixings were enjoyed by all at the beautiful St. Joe River front setting.  

Lion President Lewis Lambert welcomed the Lions, guests and future members and filled them in on planned upcoming Lions events.

Lion Rudy Kappe was presented a Melvin Jones Award for his 30+ years of service and leadership to the Lions Club.

Event photos submitted by Mark Tumbleson and Alice Kring

Lions Past President Mark Skene and Alice Kring presented the award with the following words:

“This award is going to a very deserving Lions Club member, who has contributed with his passion for service to the Buchanan-Galien Lions club, for over 30 years. This Lion served on the Lions Club board for over 20 years and was the first President to serve a two-year consecutive term.  He has also served on numerous committees. He was instrumental in setting up the Lions scholarship fund, including rolling over his personal scholarship fund into the Lions account so that we are able to give at least two $1000 grants per year.  He also helped set up the scoring system for this scholarship fund. He led the eyeglass challenge, collecting and warehousing donated eyeglasses, for many years.  Lion Rudy was the chairperson for the Nut & Candy Fundraiser for over 15 years. He brought the game of soccer to Buchanan and was a key leader in the Optimist Soccer League.  He is a master at presenting a truly heartfelt Lions Mission of serving others to an untold number of future community leaders and Lions at Lions Senior Athletes night.” 

Event photos submitted by Mark Tumbleson and Alice Kring

A side note from Lion Mark Tumbleson, who could not be there for the presentation: “Lion Rudy will truly be a friend forever.  I love to read or listen to his many unique life experiences. We have lined many a soccer field together, watched many kids enjoy a good game of soccer and I am a better person because of his wisdom and fellowship.”

Lion Skene then added ”From me and all Lions who have ever served beside him, I want to say DITTO to the fact that we will all be better people because of his wisdom, fellowship and leadership. What a great honor it has been to serve alongside Lion Rudy Kappe.”

Event photos submitted by Mark Tumbleson and Alice Kring

Buchanan-Galien Lions Club- Serving our communities for 88+ years- and still going strong!

About Buchanan-Galien Lions Club: Buchanan-Galien Lion’s Club has been serving the community for more than 75 years. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Buchanan American Legion Hall – to learn more about becoming a Lion, contact us. Buchanan-Galien Lion’s Club is a part of Lion’s Club International, the world’s largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs in 192 countries and geographical areas. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Lions extend their commitment beyond sight conservation through countless local efforts that include youth outreach programs, improving the environment, building homes for the disabled, and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.

Contact: Jerry Flenar,, 269-695-3000

Buchanan-Galien Lions Club Facebook Here.

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