Social Events Chairman Darlis LaBahn had created a tribute to the Lions' sesquicentennial project, the one-room school renovation, by decorating each table with a centerpiece of apples and a school lunch box full of supplies. Following the picnic, the centerpieces were auctioned off with the proceeds going into the schoolhouse renovation project. The dessert cake was decorated masterfully by Monica Iverson to represent Vermillions first schoolhouse.
Following the meal, President Allen Johnson awarded several certificates for various services performed during the year. Installation of new officers was conducted by Lion Arthur Rusch. The following officers were installed: president, Ron Thaden; first vice president, Maxine Johnson; third vice president, David Stockland; secretary, Randy Sullivan; treasurer, Barbara Campbell; tail twister, Thom Thaden; Lion tamers, Marion Kryger and Richard Stensaas; membership director, Lindy Wipf; and directors, Cathy Coldwell, Darlis LaBahn, Richard McBride and Lindy Wipf. Allen Johnson will serve as past president and was presented with a "past president" pin by incoming president, Ron Thaden. Traditionally, Lions serve as board members moving up through the various offices to that of president.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of five Melvin Jones certificates of recognition. The Melvin Jones award is the highest award in Lionism and is given to those individuals who have demonstrated, through their actions, the Lion motto, "We serve." A committee consisting of Randy Sullivan, chair, with members Barbara Campbell, Maxine Johnson, David Strickland and Tom Stogsdill was appointed by Lion Allen Johnson to name the recipients of this prestigious award. The last time a Melvin Jones certificate had been awarded locally was 1999.
The following Lions were recognized individually with each committee member citing the reasons for their selection: Jack Doyle, Marion Kryger, Young Moore, Curt Schempp and Thom Thaden. Each of these recipients has served the club well by participating in projects which benefit the community.