Normally this award is presented to a Lion who has joined the club and immediately throws his time and energy into one or more of our projects that he loves. That is not the case for this Lion. He did not start work on a project that he loved. In fact, he had no idea what he was getting into.
Jimmy Lee joined in July and two months later,
he accepted responsibility for The Pancake Breakfast. He had never been to one. He did not know who participated, what events it included or where to go for help. He only knew a few Lions. Within 6 weeks he had called enough Lions to piece together the details and locate the suppliers. He pulled together the volunteers , worked with Camp Thunderbird staff and supervised the breakfast. Then it rained and the pony rides had to be canceled and the kids’ events had to be brought inside. Despite all of that, the breakfast was successful. Once the breakfast was over, Jimmy wrote a step-by-step instruction manual on how to run a Pancake Breakfast.
And later, when we asked him to serve out the term of one of our Board Directors, he readily agreed. He faithfully attends our regular meetings and has become involved in our Club Excellence Project. For all of the above, the Board unanimously selected Jimmy Lee to be this year’s New Lion of the Year.