Baumgartner receives Lions’ Melvin Jones Fellow award
ELBURN—Leonard and Judy Baumgartner were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29 at the Elburn Lion’s Club pavilion. What was a special day spent with family and friends became even more special when Leonard was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow award by the Elburn Lion’s Club.
Each year, approximately three to four people receive this award in the Elburn District. And according to Ron Algrim, a longtime member of the Elburn organization, rarely is the award given to someone who is not a member of the club.
“This is the highest honor that a club can bestow on a member or citizen,” said Lions District Governor Chris Halsey. “Our committee chooses award recipients who are either members of the club or citizens who have served the public or club extensively, which is why we chose Leonard.”
“I am honored and humbled by this award,” Baumgartner said. “Elburn Lions are such a respected organization, and I feel so privileged to receive this recognition. I can’t say enough good about these people and this club.”