Submitted by South Elgin Lions Club
On Friday, June 7, South Elgin Lion Paul Groth was presented with the Lions International Leadership Award, the third highest award on the international level, and the Jim and Joyce Davis Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest awards on the district level.
These awards were presented by the District 1J Governor Leo Snyder.
Over the last several years, the South Elgin resident has assumed additional responsibilities, and he is known as the "go-to-guy" in the district. He has assisted with major changes to the district's website and has traveled to speak at various venues, including the Lions of International's Convention in Minnesota, Lions USA/Canadian Forum in Alaska, several state and district conventions and area meetings at his own expense.
This year, he assumed additional responsibilities at the district convention this past April. He has also started and continues to organized yearly eyeglass sorting events to assist the Lions of Illinois Foundation sort and disburse donated glasses received from the entire state.
Groth has been a member of the South Elgin Lions Club since 2001 and participates in almost every club activity. He is past president of the South Elgin Lions, and he currently sits on the board of directors.