GLENWOOD CITY — Julian Bender, Glenwood City resident and longtime member of the Glen Hills Lions Club has been nominated for the prestigious Louis Gardipee Distinguished Service Award.
Club president Dean Brunkhorst made the announcement during the local Lions Club’s annual Christmas party held at Glenhaven on Thursday, January 18.
[emember_protected] Bender, who served as the local chapter’s treasurer from 1997 until 2016, has been a member of the Glen Hills Lions Club since 1984. He became a Lion in 1981 when he joined the Spring Green, WI chapter.
Bender said that he was “delightfully surprised” to be nominated for the award which annually recognizes a Lion that has dedicated a life of helping pople and community.
District Governor Bradley Barth was in attendance when Bender’s nomination was announced.
A snyopsis of Louis Gardipee and the award, named in his honor, follows.
Louis Gardipee was the leader in organizing the Black River Falls Lions Club, chartered November 30, 1937. Louie remained a member until his death on November 14, 2002.
Sixty-five years in Lionism – THAT’S DEDICATION. Four words describe Louis Gardipee: HONESTY, INDUSTRIOUSNESS, ATTITUDE and CITIZENSHIP.
Louie was involved with additions to the Pine View Care Center, building the new County Jail, and building the golf course. He also chaired many projects. “Louie the Lion”, which welcomes visitors and campers to the Wisconsin Lions Camp, was named in honor of Louis Gardipee. Louie and his two sons were involved in fixing up that famous lion.
Louis Gardipee was a District Governor of District C in 1943-1944. He loved Lions and all the things Lions do. He also loved the Green Bay Packers and was the second inductee into the Packer Fan Hall of Fame. Louie had a very positive attitude. He once said “if you are given lemons, you make lemonade”.
Louie’s life was helping people, helping community, and always doing something good.
This is only a brief summary of Louie Gardipee.
The Cabinet of Lions District 27-E2, from the 2005-2006 Lion year forward, honors a Lion each year who has dedicated a life of helping people, community, and always doing something good with a “Louie Gardipee Distinguished Service Award”. Dedication includes involvement in church, community and Lions (donor programs, project chairperson, key awards, club officers, cabinet positions, WLF director, Mission to Mexico, etc).
The award is presented at the District Convention in March. [/emember_protected]