I don’t know how many clubs can announce that they have a Lion member celebrating 50 YEARS OF LIONISM! But the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions can!
Lion Bruce Wing celebrates 50 years of Lionism today, October 1. He became a Lion in 1965 and was a member of the Glacier Valley Lions Club before transferring to the MFLC. While a member of the Glacier Valley Lions he was President and also Club President 1995-1996 and Club Secretary 2003-2004 for MFLC.
On July 16, 1983, Lion Bruce, President of the Glacier Valley Lions Club at the time, presented the MFLC with a club banner at their Charter Presentation Night. We are uncertain, at this time, when he became a member of the MFLC.
Lion Bruce has a Lion’s heart…. serving wherever he could.
Probably one of his biggest passions was heading up the Joint Sight Committee, collecting used eyeglasses that would be recycled and re-distributed and providing financial assistance to those in need of eye exams and glasses but couldn’t afford them.
One of Lion Bruce’s pet projects was the sale of holly and other greenery at the Nugget Mall just before Christmas. In the beginning, profits from this fundraiser went to the Quest program which was a youth program designed for all ages, teaching them how to deal with peer pressure or develop self confidence and drug awareness. The MFLC was committed to spending over $6,000 in 1994 alone on the program for the Juneau school system.
One of his highest honors was receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2001. This was received from the club in recognition of his commitment to humanitarian service. A much deserved honor.
We are honored to have Lion Bruce in our club and even though he’s taking the back seat right now, that’s okay. We can’t even begin to imagine how many people he has served and helped over the last 50 years. Thank you, Lion Bruce, for your service!
Lion Nancy Norton