ECM Online Managing Editor
Longtime Forest Lake Lion John Preston of Wyoming was honored posthumously on Thursday, June 19 at the Forest Lake Lions Club annual awards banquet at Willowbrook Church.
Preston was also named to the Multiple District 5M Hall of Fame. His daughter, Jocelyn Johnson of Forest Lake, accepted the MD5M award.
The 21,881 Lions of Multiple District MD5M are organized into 673 clubs in 12 districts in Minnesota, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario. Preston was past zone chairman and regional chairman.
He was known for his knack of attaching Lions with their respective clubs and for his ready handshake.
Preston received the LCIF Melvin Jones award and several other club and district awards.
A Lions member for 34 years, he logged time with the Linwood, Wyoming and Forest Lake clubs. He died Jan. 9, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillie, also a Lion.
Past District Gov. Dave Schroeder of Rush City presented the special award to the Preston family.
Other club awards were presented to Lou Trudeau, who was named Rookie of the Year, to Bob Carter, who received a Melvin Jones Lions Clubs International Foundation award and to Nancy Immel, who was named Lion of the Year.
New Forest Lake Lions Club officers for 2014-2015 were installed. Stev Stegner will lead the club as president, succeeding Jay Matheson.