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Six Grant Lions Club members have amassed a total of 329 years of membership–and they haven’t slowed down.


Leon Kumor (51 years)

Kumor has served as president of the club and has chaired several standing committees.  He has recorded many years of perfect attendance of the local meetings.  

His greatest Lions recollections are: 1) when the club held a pre-harvest festival including games and an air show, and 2) when the club was instrumental in establishing a new hospital in Grant.


Bernard Kuskie (51 years)

Currently serving as reporting secretary, Kuskie was originally apprehensive about joining Lions, but after visiting a club meeting was thoroughly convinced to be a part of the organization.  He has been president, secretary, tail twister, zone chairman, and district treasurer.

Kuskie recalls that his most memorable Lions experience is when the club built the city park’s tennis courts, shelter and other amenities in the park.  He says that if there is a Lions Club in Heaven, he will join it.

Gerald Engel (52 years)

One of the most loyal, faithful members of Grant Lions, Engel has represented the Boy Scouts to the club.  

For several years, he has given extensive reports of Boy Scout and Cub Scouts at each Lions meeting.  His scouting began as a Webelos leader, then served in several other leadership positions and eventually became a scouting district commissioner.

Positions held in the local club have included treasurer, scouting coordinator, and lion tamer.  His dedication to monitoring and protecting the club’s paraphernalia is second to none.


Harold Hermann (57 years)

Hermann first joined Lions in Sidney.  A Melvin Jones Fellow, he has been district governor, zone chairman, bulletin editor, club president, and secretary.  

He claims that serving as district governor was his greatest highlight of Lionism. Working with other Lions, locally and throughout the world, for a common cause has been another high point for him.

Loyal Thompson (57 years)

Thompson’s dedication to Lionism is illustrated by the fact that he has, over his 57 years of Grant Lions membership, claimed perfect attendance over every one of those years!

He has been club president twice, secretary, tail twister, and board member. Helping those in need gives him his greatest satisfaction in Lions.  This has been especially meaningful to him in the sight and hearing projects.

Burle Newth (61 years)

Recently transferred to the Grant Lions Club, Newth was a charter member of the Venango Club.  He has served as president, secretary, deputy district governor, and cabinet secretary.

His most remarkable remembrance was when he witnessed a leader dog given to a blind person.  Newth proudly holds the Lions longevity record with 61 years.  A decorated WW II veteran, he recently was honored at the Veterans’ honor trip to Washington, D.C.

These six long-time Grant Lions have these characteristics in common:  Lions spirit and dedication.  All of them profess service to others, fellowship at meetings, and a desire to always be Lions–even in Heaven.