South Elgin Lion Larry Anderson of Elgin was presented with George Lazansky Distinguished Service Award.
This award recognizes Lions Club members who lead by example in their own club, as well as taking on additional responsibilities within the district or state.
Anderson has been a member 56 years and has held every position on the board, including being the president twice. He has also chaired and/or participated on most committees or projects. Anderson was instrumental in many major projects that benefited South Elgin, including providing street signs for all streets in South Elgin.
In submitting Anderson for this award, the South Elgin Lions stated that he has had perfect attendance since 1959 and that their Club "changed for the better on January 20, 1958 when Lion Larry was inducted into this Club."
This award has presented annually since 2002 to deserving Lions, Lionesses and Leos in District 1-J and honors not only the recipient but its namesake, District 1J's first Governor who served in 1951-52.
Then, as now, District 1J has led the State of Illinois in its service to the visually impaired, the hearing impaired and those with diabetes. This year out of the 65 Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs in this District, only 10 lions where selected to receive this award. Anderson is the seventh member of the South Elgin Lions Club to be honored with this award.