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
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,