Lion of the Year

In October 1949, the Lake Stevens Lions Club was chartered as a service club. Some early accomplishments were installing lights on the High School football field, raising funds for a kidney dialysis machine, and helping those in our community needing assistance.

The first “Lion of the Year” was presented to Merle West in 1960. Merle was a tireless worker in Lions, working on every project. The award has continued every year since then. A committee made up of past recipients meet to select the next winner. The basis for being chosen is contribution to Lionism, community involvement, and willingness to serve his/her neighbor and stranger as the need arises.


Past Recipients

1960 *Merle West
1961 *George Wickman
1962 *Ole Nordquist
1963 *Ben Mitchell
1964 *Charles Lowery
1965 *Collins Miller
1966 *Glen Carpenter
1967 Jack Sahlbom
1968 *Ex Ulsky
1969 Lloyd Anderson
1970 *Phil Hopkins
1971 *Jim Mitchell
1972 *Floyd Hepner 
1973 *Elwood Bond
1974 *Roy Wicklund
1975 *Al Lacson
1976 *Eugene Weaver
1977 *Ralph Pierce
1978 Dale Smith
1979 *Pete Thaanum
1980 *Don Jubie
1981 *Walt McDowell
1982 *Allan Butterfield
1983 *Bob Peterson
1984 *Earl McDonough
1985  
1986 Bill Mcquarrie
1987 *Fred Hennig
1988 Rich Jubie
1989 Elwood Reber
1990 Harold Ronnestad
1991 *Melvin Hudson
1992 Steve Carr
1993 George Wallace 
1994 Howard Espeseth
1995 Bob Coonts
1996 Jim Knight
1997 Jack Swaney
1998 Margaret Smith
1999 *George Thorleifson
2000 Bob Hurt
2001 *Allan Patchett
2002 Mitch Robinson
2003 Karen Brennick
2004 George Wood
2005 *Bill Mills
2006 John Common
2007 Dick Johnson
2008 Ron McEntire
2009 Tonya Christoffersen
2010 Steve Brooks
2011 Terry Ostlund
2012 Jeff Wise
2013  Elliot Cheap

* Deceased