The Lions extend special thanks to project chairmen Keith Eilertson, Mike Williams, Dan Bissen, Harry Willmott and Mike Ankeny for making Pancake Day a success.

The Austin club will host the March 11 Zone Meeting at the Elks Club. Social hour will start at 6 p.m., with dinner and meeting to follow. Contact Mark Marreel to sign up.

Awards Night 2004 will be June 24. The Lion of the Year Award is to be given. This award goes to a member of the club who in the last year has gone above and beyond in serving the club and District 5M-1. Contact the awards committee for nominations.

Last month, the Austin Lions board of directors submitted George Dugan's name to be considered for the Multiple District Hall of Fame.

Dugan was born in Austin in 1910. He worked for 20 years at Hormel Foods before opening and operating Dugan's Sport Shop for 30 years. He spent 10 years on the Austin City Council, served on the board of directors of Northwestern State Bank and was president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Country Club, the Izaak Walton League and the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Men's Club. He received Outstanding Citizenship and Service Awards from the Austin Jaycees and from Mower County.


He was a member and leader of many local organizations, including a seven-year term on the local Selective Service Board. After retirement, George stayed active in SCORE (Service Club of Retired Executives) and Lions.

George played amateur baseball for years and served as Commissioner of Minnesota Amateur Baseball. He bowled in Austin leagues for 65 years and was Austin city tennis champion for 10 years. He was named a member of the Austin High School Hall of Fame in 1984.

George joined the Lions in 1950 and maintained perfect attendance until 1995. It was through his leadership that the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank was founded in 1959. George has served that organization as a board member, board chairman and trustee. He is a past president of the Austin club, as well as a past district governor.

Lodge Zare Svobody

Members of Lodge Zare Svobody No. 38 met Feb. 15 at the home of Louise Weber.

Marlen Hilson, Roger Weber and Mark Wilson received letters of congratulation for 50 years of membership.

Carol and Gary Addington joined the lodge.

The Lodge adopted the first-grade classes at Southgate Elementary and presented them with a check for painting supplies to use in art classes.


Members Donna Baley, Louise Weber and Georgia Oxley all celebrated birthdays in February.

Prizes were won by Donna Baley, Georgia Oxley and John Caforuek.

The meeting was followed by a Valentine's party and bingo.

Brownsdale Study Club

The Brownsdale Study met on Feb. 18 at the home of Dorothy Anderson with 10 members present and one guest.

President Ellen Johnson opened the meeting. The January minutes were read and approved.

A get-well card for Mary Gallaher was signed.

Old business included discussion of plans to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the club charter in October.


New business included the March meeting being scheduled at Rena Perrigo's house.

Betty West had the outside reading on the Mardis Gras celebration in New Orleans and several southern states.

Ellen Johnson had the main topic on greeting cards and postcards. She had several postcards dating from 1903 to 1922 that her mother, Rena Heikes, had received.

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