Lacey Sunrise Lions is honored to have or have had among its members the following recipients of the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Each of these fellows has been awarded this highest of recognition by their club for outstanding service to their community and to lionism.

 

 

 

Lew Watkins

Robert Makula, PDG

T. Duane Wilson

Bob Kelley

Clif Brandsma

Dennis Reed

George Rasmussen

James LaBelle, PDG

Mel Olsen

Sugar Murphy

Bill Appley

 

 

Claude Hinman

Lyell Clark

Bob Lawrence

Bob Pinson

Dave Whitcher

Roberta Pinson

Justin Comeaux

Nick Murphy

Judy Ann Bergvall

Randy Harris

Pat Bucknell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lew Watkins
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In November, 1991,Charter Member Lew Watkins was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship posthumously. Lew was the first club member of Lacey Sunrise Lions Club to be awarded this honor by our club.

 


Robert Makula, PDG
(Deceased)

 

 

 

     In March,1994 Past District Governor Robert Makula became the first member of the Lacey Sunrise Lions to be awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club. Bob was a charter member of The Lacey Sunrise Lions Club and served as Zone Chairman in Lion year 1979-1980 and as Governor of district 19-C during Lion year 1987-1988

     PDG Bob served as a naval aviator in World War II and the Korean conflict and was awarded two Air Medals.

 

 

 

 

 

T. Duane Wilson
(Deceased)
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     PZC Duane Wilson  was born, reared, and attended school through high school in the Olympia, Washington area. He  attended college and Dental School at the University of Washington.  Subsequently he served in the US Air Force for 4 years.
     He joined the Olympia Host Lions in 1966 and became a charter member of the Lacey Sunrise Lions in 1975.  He has had perfect attendance for all of the years of membership.
     He has served as President of both the Olympia Host and the Lacey Sunrise Lions, has been Tail twister several times and has served as Secretary of the Lacey Sunrise for over 4 years.  He served as Zone Chairman of the newly created Zone 19 - C-7 (now C-6) in 1989-90.  Hehas held various chairmanships over the years and has been active in many service and fundraising projects.
     His wife, Helena, and he have two children, Jim, Ginny Lou (also a member of Lacey Sunrise), and one granddaughter.
     Duane Wilson was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in December, 1994 PZC Duane Wilson Passed away in 2003.

 


Bob Kelley
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     Past Zone Chairman Bob Kelley was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in June, 1994

 

 


Clif Brandsma
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     Clif Brandsma was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in May, 1996

I spent five years in the Air Force.  I was on the flight line, engine mechanic working on B-52's and

C-135's, air refueling tankers while stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA.

Worked for Northwest Airlines as a jet engine mechanic while living in St. Paul, MN. I attended junior college in Everett, WA, and acquired my A & P license.

 

Joined the Wa. State Patrol in October, 1971.  Worked in Seattle, Bremerton, Tacoma and Ollympia, WA.  June 6, 1992 involved in a 3-car accident and went on medical disability. I was assistant cub master for pack 202, then went on to become assistant scout master of a new Boy Scout Troop 222.

 

I joined Lacey Sunrise Lions Club in 1986.  Was 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President, King Lion 1990-1991.  I was recognized as Lion of the Year 1992, and awarded Melvin Jones Award in 1995. My major project in 1989 was building wheel chair ramps. I was Chairman of Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2 years, “Adopt a Highway” project 2 years, and White Cane days for 4 years.  I'm “hearing chairman” for our club for the past 10 years plus.

 

I operated and maintained for three years the Lions Hearing Van throughout the South West.

 

 


Dennis Reed, PZC
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     Lion Dennis has been a proud lion since 1989. He was president of the Lacey Sunrise club in 1995. Following his year as a 100% president he earned the 100% Zone Chairman Award. He served a second term as Zone Chairman in 1999 when he was also awarded the Zone Chairman's Efficiency Award. Lion Dennis has been a member of the District Cabinet since 1997 serving as CARE Chairman, Youth Exchange Chairman, and International Understanding Chairman. He was lion of the year in 1993.

     Two times Past Zone Chairman Dennis was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in June, 1999

     The Lacey Sunrise Lions Club is proud to nominate and endorse PZC Dennis as a candidate for Vice District Governor of District 19C for Lion year 2002-03.

 


George Rasmussen
(Deceased)
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George Rasmussen was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in June, 2000

George was born on March 31, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. After high school George Joined the United States Coast Guard. He met his wife to be, Janice, during a visit to Honolulu. They were married in 1954. George retired from the Coast Guard after 24 years of service. George and Janice moved to Olympia, Washington in 1984 and was sponsored into the Lacey Sunrise Lions by Lion Claude Hinman on March 10, 1987. george was loved by all the kids in his neighborhood and his church. His work in the Lions Club was always for the benefit of needy children. he spent countless hours working on after school children's projects and was recognized for his work by the Together organization. He was awarded a Life membership in the lacey Sunrise Lions Club.

George said farewell to this earth at noon, March 29th, 2010 He will be dearly missed by all who knew him He will be remembered for his raspy voice, soft heart, and generosity by all that came in contact with him.

 

 

 

 


 

James LaBelle
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Past District Governor James LaBelle,  was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship at the annual new officers instillation banquet held on June 16, 2001. PDG Jim is a strong advocate for Camp Leo, A LIONS sponsored summer camp for children with Diabetes.

 

When I retired from a long career in sales in late 1991, I was asked by a friend to attend a Lacey Sunrise Lions meeting and a neighbor asked me to visit his Kiawanis Club. For six months I attended both meetings, and then decided to join the Lacey Sunrise Lions in 1992. This decision was based on the friendly handshake always received as I entered each meeting, and the outreach projects that Sunrise Lions provided to this community.

I became involved with Lions projects from the very beginning of my membership. In 1993 I helped with a Sunrise sponsored health fair, became co-chair of the event in 1994, and chairman in 1995 and 1996. I served as a director, vice president, then president of Lacey Sunrise in 1998, and became Zone Chairman of C-6 in the 1999/2000 Lions year. The Sunrise Lions presented me with the Melvin Jones Fellowship award June 16, 2001.

In December 1999, I attended a meeting where the program was about Camp Leo for Children with Diabetes. This camp provides a camping experience and Diabetes education for children 7 to 12 years of age. Several Lions Clubs supported this program through scholarships for children of low-income families. I felt the Lions of District 19 C could do more, and I became the voice of Camp Leo, speaking to Lions clubs in our district. I was asked to present the Camp Leo program at the March 3rd 19 C Spring Conference, and will continue to speak about Camp Leo and raise funds for the camp as long as there are Lions willing to listen.

Vice District Governor Pete Gomes asked me to serve as VDG for his term as District Governor, and I thought about this commitment for many weeks. My wife Carol and I spent considerable time talking about this commitment and with her support, I accepted the opportunity to serve as Vice District Governor.

I have often made the comment, "becoming a Lion has given me the opportunity to meet and make many new friends". I have found that to be true as I travel the district with the Camp Leo program and Vice District Governor duties.

 


 

Mel Olsen
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Mel joined the Lacey Sunrise Lions on April 3, 1986 and had nearly  perfect attendance prior to moving to Seattle.  He transferred his Lions membership to a Club in Seattle at that time.

 

Mel's outstanding personality and dynamic energy added greatly in many of the activities of the Lacey Sunrise Lions Club. 

 

He was instrumental in collecting papers for the recycle paper project.  This included building containers to be placed at various location to receive the public's donations. 

 

He never missed putting up flags, on national holidays when the flags were displayed, in the town of Lacey.  He also accepted the responsibility of storing and drying flags at his home.

 

Mel always volunteered to serve coffee when we worked at the local Rest Stops and Food  Drives,

 

Mel did not choose to hold higher offices in his Club but was No.1 in participating in all of the Club's activities.  Listed above are a few of the accomplishments and activities that initiated the presentation of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Melvin Olsen on October 26, 2002.   

 

 


Lyell Clark

 

     Past King Lion Lyell Clark was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in November, 2003. Lyell has been an active member of the Lacey Sunrise Lions Club since March 1988. He has served in some position on the board of directors almost every year since joining the club. Lyell served as King Lion in 1993-1994 and served approximately 10 years as club Treasure. He has served as chairperson of several comities and was instrumental in initiating new club projects such as participation in the Pease Poster Contest and the Entertainment book fund raising project. He has been awarded Lion of the Year twice and has received the Outstanding Lion award every year since joining the club. 


Claude Hinman
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Bob Lawrence

 

  Bob Lawrence was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in 2004  

 

Robert Pinson

 

  Bob Pinson was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in November, 2005.

Bob is an Eagle Scout, who received his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Pacific University  in 1960. He subsequently served  35 years in the U.S. Army as an Optometrist and retired in 1992 as a Full Colonel. He joined the Lacey Sunrise Lions Club in 1996 and has served as a Director, 3rd Vice President, Second Vice President, First Vice President, and President (King Lion) in  2000-2001.  Bob has served as White Canes Co-Chairman (3years), Sight Chairman  (for 2 years). Membership Chairman, and is the club's Charter Representative to Boy Scout Troop 101.  He was recognized by the club as a Lion of The Year in 1998.
 
Bob has served several years as the 19C6 Zone Sight Chairman and in 2001-2002 was District C Sight Chairman.  In 2002-2003 he was the District 19C6 100% Zone Chairman.   In 2004 Bob founded the Northwest Lions Eye Glass Recycling Center and served as it's President from 2004 to 2006.   In the 2004-2005 Lions Year he was named the District 19 C Lion of the Year.

 

 

 

Dave Whitcher
(Deceased)

  Dave Whitcher was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in November 2005  

Roberta Pinson

  Roberta Pinson was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by her club, Lacey Sunrise Lions in November 2006.

Roberta joined Lacey Sunrise in 1996 and served as Director, a two time 100% Secretary, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Vice president, and President. She created the club痴 501C(3) foundation status, chaired Pancake Breakfasts, established the Community Partnership Program with Albertsons, served on the majority of club projects since 1996, has nine consecutive perfect attendance and Outstanding Lion Recognition awards and was Lion of the Year in 1998. In 2006-2007, as Membership Chair, she wrote the Information Guide for Lacey Sunrise members.

Above the club level, Roberta is a 100% Past Zone Chairman and received the Multiple District痴 Zone Chairman Efficiency Award for Zones with up to 8 clubs in 2005-2006. She served as Zone Secretary, District Secretary Trainer, District Environmental Co-Chair, Founding Secretary for the NW Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center and established their 501 C(3) foundation status. In 2006-2007 she is the District Leader Dog Chair and Zone C-6 LCIF Chair. Roberta is a Certified Guiding Lion.

In addition to her Lion痴 activities, Roberta and her husband, Bob, have 6 grown children, 13 grand children, and 2 great grand children. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a Master Gardener.

 


     

Justin Comeaux
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     Transferred in to Lacey Sunrise Club in 2000 from Spokane Washington. Justin received his Melvin Jones Fellowship in


Nick Murphy

 

 

I was born in Seattle to Helen and Nick and am an only child. I attended K thru 12 in the Seattle Public Education System in North Seattle. I graduated from U of W in 1963.  In April of 1964 I married Sugar and we moved to Wenatchee that summer after,  I got a job as a Math Teacher at Wenatchee High School. I was there for two years and moved back to Seattle.

I started with Boeings Company in 1966 on SST program. I got laid off from Boeings in 1970 when the slogan in Seattle was, “Will the last person leaving please turn off the lights.”

Got a job in the State Highway Maintenance in August of 1970 and moved to Thurston County.  By then we had two children, Nicky and Angel. I transferred in 1974 to Washington Data Center in GA, AKA SC 1 and stayed with them and retired from the State in 1994.  Now the Data center is called Department of Information Services, AKA DIS.

After State retirement, I became an Independent Investment Representative and in 2009 I retired again from First allied licensed as a Stock and Bond and Life Insurance agent.   I met Robert Coit via coin club and helped him with his investments and he recommended me to be on the board. Then member Bob Biglow was the person who interviewed me.  I was voted on to be on the board.   I have served as Secretary and President of Senior Services and helped on many things.

I have been an active member of the Lacey Sunrise Lions for many years also.
I am the immediate past C6 Zone Chairman for 8 Lions clubs in C6 including my club

I was awarded Lions highest award, The Melvin Jones Fellow Award in Lions by my club.

My hobbies are fishing and numismatics. (I am an old gold bug).  I am also active in The Olympia Coin Club and Corvettes de Olympia.

 

Sugar and I have been married for 47 years and have lived in the same Olympia house for 36 years.  Our two children, Nick (46) and Angela (43), her son Dayne (16) and her boy friend, Stu live in Lacey.

    


Judy Ann Bergvall

 

Judy Ann Bergvall was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by her club, Lacey Sunrise Lions during the clubs Charter Night celebration in November 2009.

Judy Ann joined the Lacey Sunrise Lions Club in 1999. Prior to that, she was a member of the Olympia Lady Lions from 1976 to 1990 when they disbanded. She served as president and secretary of that organization.

Judy Ann was asked to serve on the board one month after joining to serve a vacancy that occurred. Since that time, Judy Ann has chaired the Peace Poster Contest, served on the scrapbook committee, and many others. She was King Lion in 2006.

Judy Ann served as secretary of the club for two years and received the Secretary Excellence award for Multiple District 19 for both years. She was runner-up for the Secretary of the Year for the Multiple District in 2009.

Above the club level, Judy Ann served as the Youth Chair for Zone C-6, the Contest and Awards Chair for two years for District C and is currently serving her second year as Environment Chair or District C.

Judy Ann received the Lion of the Year award in 2004 as well as perfect attendance awards and Outstanding Lion recognition for eleven years.

In addition to Lions, Judy Ann and her husband PDG John are the Camp Directors for the Capitol Youth Chorale Summer Music Camp positions they have held for 32 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

 

Sugar Murphy
 

I was born in September 1941 in Cheyenne, Wyoming (Fort Warren), because my father was stationed there at the time in World War II.  We moved to Bellevue when I was 6 months old to live with my grandparents and the then to Salem, Oregon where my only brother was born.

When the war was over we came back to Bellevue where my father set up practice, opening the first Veterinary Clinic in Bellevue.  I attended K thru 12 in Bellevue, where at the time there was only one of each grade.  After graduating I attended Washington State College (as it was known) graduating with a Degree in Social Work with a minor in Physical Education and Psychology,

In April of 1964, I married Nick Murphy and we moved to Wenatchee where he taught High School Math.  That December we had our son, Nicky.  I did day care (6- 2 year olds) until we moved to Seattle in 1966, where Nick started working for Boeings.  Our daughter, Angel was born in 1967.  Then came the massive Boeing layoffs.  That summer Nick got a job with the State of Washington and we moved to Olympia.  We bought a house in Lacey and I started doing Day Care again full time (13 kids).  In 1974 we moved to acreage in Olympia, where you will still find us today.  In 1977 I started my career with the Olympia School as a Teaching Assistant in Special Education.  I worked until the spring of 1997, when I retired to take care of my Grandson, Dayne.  Our son, Nick, daughter Angela, her son Dayne and boyfriend, Stu all live here also.

It was this year 1997 that Nick and I joined Lacey Sunrise Lions, where we have been active ever since.  I have served on many committees, chaired some, I have been President and Membership Director. We are also members of Corvettes de Olympia and Senior Center for South Sound, where I deliver Meals on Wheels for shut-ins once a week.

My hobbies are collecting and decorating based on things I buy at Garage and Estate Sales.  I am truly a “people person and like to communicate face to face” or if needed on the telephone.

I AM VERY HONORED TO RECEIVE THE MELVIN JONES FELLOWSHIP AWARD AND ONLY WISH MY FATHER, DR. DUEY KNEW THAT NOT ONLY I RECEIVED THE AWARD, BUT MY HUSBAND NICK GOT IT FOR HIM IN HIS MEMORY FOR HIS 50 + YEARS AS A BELLEVUE LION.


Randy Harris
   

Bill Appley
   

Pat Bucknell
 

Pat Bucknell was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club, Lacey Sunrise Lions

in November 2011.

 

Pat is an Eagle Scout, a United States Air Force vet, and joined the Sunrise Lions in March 1980. He has been President, 1986/87 and 1987/88, the only Surise president to serve 2 terms. He has served as a Director, 3rd Vice President, Second Vice President, First Vice President, Lion Tamer, and Treasurer, 2010-13. The coming year 2013/14 he will be Treasurer for his club as well as Treasurer for Lions Project New Hope Northwest, 2010-14.

He is very active in the planning of the retreat for vets suffering from PTSD for Project New Hope. This coming year, 2013/14  he will serve has Associate Zone Chair and Zone Chair in 2014/15.

 

Pat is the Charter Representative to Boy Scout Troop 222, and is the Facilities/Maintenance

Director for the Northwest Lions Eyeglass recycling center building. Other volunteer projects

include: White Cane Days, rest stops, World service day, building wheel chair ramps, collects and recycles aluminum cans, pancake breakfast, Gail Wyman Community outreach program, and one of the US Flag captians for installing flags in Lacey.

 

In 1986 he was instrumental in starting the US Flag program that contunues to this day, and he also established the Lion of the Year program. He was recognized by the club as a Lion of The Year in 2010

 

He recently finished the financial history of the Sunrise Lions since 1986 showing projects the club has work on and the money spent or collected.

 

When he is not volunteeering for Lions, he takes care of the grounds at his church and is the

General Manager for a Men's Semi-pro Fastpitch team.

 

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