I am a 1966 graduate of Fort Madison High School and joined the United States Air Force in December 1966 and deferred to March 1967 as an Air Traffic Controller. I was stationed at 6 bases in the U.S. and 2 bases in Viet Nam. After eight years I was discharged in 1975 and moved back to Iowa. I worked for my brother in construction until 1980 and went to work for Metro Mail Mt. Pleasant Iowa in shipping and receiving. During that time, I went to Southeastern Community College. I am an elder of the New London Presbyterian Church. I joined the New London Volunteer Fire Department in 1985 as an EMT Intermediate and retired in 1994. I am a 29 year member of the New London Masonic Lodge.
In 1986 I was asked to join the New London Lions Club. I have been president I think 10 times and a board member as many times. In 1995-96 I served as Zone Chair for what is now Zone 7 and in March 1995 I married my wife Charlotte. We enjoy traveling river roads and we are avid Eagle watchers. My district pin reflects our love for Eagles on two levels. They are our national bird and the Eagle is a symbol of our freedom. Another symbol on my pin is Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport Ia. For which I have been a volunteer driver and Blood drive coordinator for 3 years.
I have now been a Lion for 32 years. During that 32 years I have enjoyed being the gravy maker at the Sausage tent and Pavilion at Old Threshers Reunion; our largest and oldest fundraising event and allows us to help many other organizations like Camps Hertko Hollow and Courageous, Iowa Lions Foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation and locally to our community school and park.
I served at the district level as Environmental Chair 1996-97, and Leader Dog Chair in 1997-98. I was a district presenter of the 1st Sight First Program for my Zone. I am a Melvin Jones Fellow and received Lion of the Year twice. I have received an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation in 2016-2017 and a District Governor’s Award for Centennial Club Organization. As 2VDG, I attended Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute.