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The Austin Lions Club has many outstanding members that have been recognized for their accomplishments throughout the years. This page is dedicated to showing our pride in these Austin Lions Club members.  The members recognized on this page have received awards from the Austin Lions Club, Lions Club District 5M1, Lions Multiple District 5M or Lions Club International.

 Austin Lions Club
Lion of the Year
2009 - David Sundal
2008 - Chuck Enger
2007 - Harold Mattfeld
2006 - Art Goembel
2005 - Mark Marreel
2004 - Gary Nordland
2004 - Scott Richardson

2003 - Harlan Nelson

2002 - Ramsey Johnson
2001 - Dr. Mike Williams
2000 - Ron Seath 
1999 - Gordy Cassidy
1999 - Dr. Cassie Guy
1998 - Rodney Everson
1997 - Mark Marreel
1996 - Art Dubke
1995 - Mike Ankeny
International Presidents
Certificate of Appreciation
2002 - Mark Marreel
2003 - Mark Marreel
Most Distinguished Lion
of the First 50 Years
1994 - George Dugan
Minnesota Lions Eye Bank
Helen Keller Sight Award
2009 - Dr. Mike Williams
2008 - Mark Marreel
2006 - Howard Nepp
2005 - Dr. John Nelson
2002 - Jerry Wolesky

2002 - Art Dubke

1997 - George Dugan
1996 - Dr. Duane Wallaker
1996 - Ron Seath
Lions Club International
Foundation (LCIF)
Melvin Jones Fellow
2008 - Dr. Duane Wallaker
2006 - Jerry Wolesky
2004 - Bruce Richardson
2000 - Mark Marreel
1999 - Dr. John Nelson
1998 - Mike Ankeny
1996 - Art Dubke
1985 - George Dugan
Hearing Foundation
Research Fellowship Award
2009 - Ron Seath
2004 - Ramsey Johnson
5M1 Lions Hearing Reasearch Fellow
2007 - Leonard Haugland
International Presidents Leadership Medal
2008 - Mark Marreel

New Horizons Award for Diabetes

2009 - Charles Mills
1st Annual Service Award,
University of Minnesota
Vision Foundation
1991 - George Dugan
MN Lions Hall of Fame
2004 - George Dugan

Multiple District Hall of Fame Candidate

This Austin native was born in 1910 and raised in Austin. He worked for twenty years at Hormel Foods before opening and operating Dugan’s Sport Shop for thirty years. He spent ten years on the Austin City Council, served on the Board of Directors of Northwestern State Bank and was a past 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.

George 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 or course in our Lions Organization.

George played amateur baseball for years and after his playing days he served as Commissioner of Minnesota Amateur Baseball. He bowled in Austin leagues for 65-years and was Austin City tennis champion for ten years. He was named a member of the Austin High School Hall of Fame in 1984.

George joined our Club in 1950 and maintained perfect attendance until 1995. It was through his tenancy and leadership that the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank was founded in 1959. George has served that organization as a board member, board chair and trustee. He is a past President of our Club, as well as a past District Governor. He has received the 5M-1 District Governor Extension Award, the International President’s Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the International Counselor’s Cap Award and the Lions International Old Monarch Award…ten-year and fifteen year.

Lion George went to many Lions International conventions, Multiple District conventions and meetings. He spent countless hours on the phone and traveled countless miles in his car traveling to Lions clubs to further the cause of the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. He personally drove many patients to the Eye Bank for evaluation. It is only fitting that our Club and this Lion share the same birth date, October 15th.

Lions International and Our Club have both benefited from the dedication and hard work of this Lion. George is a true humanitarian, who has dedicated his life, in Lionism and in his community, to the Lions motto,
“We Serve”.