Lion of the Year

In October 1949, the Lake Stevens Lions Club was chartered as a service club. Some early accomplishments were installing lights on the High School football field, raising funds for a kidney dialysis machine, and helping those in our community needing assistance.

The first “Lion of the Year” was presented to Merle West in 1960. Merle was a tireless worker in Lions, working on every project. The award has continued every year since then. A committee made up of past recipients meet to select the next winner. The basis for being chosen is contribution to Lionism, community involvement, and willingness to serve his/her neighbor and stranger as the need arises.


Past Recipients

1960 *Merle West
1961 *George Wickman
1962 *Ole Nordquist
1963 *Ben Mitchell
1964 *Charles Lowery
1965 *Collins Miller
1966 *Glen Carpenter
1967 Jack Sahlbom
1968 *Ex Ulsky
1969 Lloyd Anderson
1970 *Phil Hopkins
1971 *Jim Mitchell
1972 *Floyd Hepner 
1973 *Elwood Bond
1974 *Roy Wicklund
1975 *Al Lacson
1976 *Eugene Weaver
1977 *Ralph Pierce
1978 Dale Smith
1979 *Pete Thaanum
1980 *Don Jubie
1981 *Walt McDowell
1982 *Allan Butterfield
1983 *Bob Peterson
1984 *Earl McDonough
1985  
1986 Bill Mcquarrie
1987 *Fred Hennig
1988 Rich Jubie
1989 Elwood Reber
1990 Harold Ronnestad
1991 *Melvin Hudson
1992 Steve Carr
1993 George Wallace 
1994 Howard Espeseth
1995 Bob Coonts
1996 Jim Knight
1997 Jack Swaney
1998 Margaret Smith
1999 *George Thorleifson
2000 Bob Hurt
2001 *Allan Patchett
2002 Mitch Robinson
2003 Karen Brennick
2004 George Wood
2005 *Bill Mills
2006 John Common
2007 Dick Johnson
2008 Ron McEntire
2009 Tonya Christoffersen
2010 Steve Brooks
2011 Terry Ostlund
2012 Jeff Wise
2013  Elliott Cheap
2014
 Dan Lorentzen
2015  Shane Myers
2016  Steve Strong
2017  Don Hoffman
2018  *Frank McDaniel
2019  Vince Christoffersen

* Deceased