Retiring Forest Lake Lions President Nancy Immel departed from tradition at the annual Forest Lake Lions Awards Night by picking two Lions rather than one as Lion of the Year.
Immel announced on Thursday, June 20 at Vannelli’s at the Lake that her choice for Lions of the Year were the husband and wife team of Jason and Terri Steenblock. The two have been members for three years and were responsible for the formation of the Forest Lake Lions Leos Club, an organization for young people and an affiliate of the host club.
With the award the Steenblocks can designate $250 to their favorite charity. They have chosen diabetes research.
The couple have also been active in many other Lions projects, specifically helping with Salvation Army bell ringing and assisting with Santa and Easter waffle breakfasts.
The Steenblocks will also be chairs of the concessions phase of the annual Airport Days celebration in mid-August at the Forest Lake Airport.
Other major awards were presented at the awards night event. The LCIF Melvin Jones Award, a progressive award, was given to Lion Stev Stegner, first vice president. Rookie of the Year Award, represented by a traveling trophy, went to Lion Bette Geyer.
The Helen Keller Award, a special vision award, was given by the Forest Lake Lions Club to Dr. Kevin Bahr. For many years Bahr has worked with the Forest Lake Lions Club to provide vision exams and eye glasses for needy youngsters in Forest Lake School District 831. His name will now be placed on an Honors Board at the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.
Twenty Forest Lake Lions Club members were also given perfect attendance awards.
Past District Governor Pat Kennedy of the Chisago Lakes Lions Club was a guest of honor with his wife Cheryl. Lion PDG Kennedy helped install officers of the Forest Lake Lions Club for the year 2013-14. Immel handed over the gavel to new president Jay Matheson.
Guest speaker for the evening was Keith Goetzman, managing editor of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. He spoke about being the first person rescued by the Forest Lake Fire Department with the use of an air boat in 2001. Goetzman was stranded in the frigid waters of Howard Lake west of Forest Lake.
The air boat purchase was helped by a large donation from the Forest Lake Lions Club.
The Forest Lake Lions meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month at The Forest Laker in Forest Lake.