Lion honored for 58 years of service

ESCANABA – The Escanaba Lions Club has been around for about 75 years, and the group recently honored a member who has been a major figure in the club’s history for most of those years.

Don Scott, a member of the club for 58 years, has resigned as secretary-treasurer, a position he has held since 1968. Scott, 85, has been a member of the Escanaba Lions Club since 1955. He was president in 1965-66 and then became secretary-treasurer, the longest stint in state Lions Clubs records.

Former district governor and Escanaba Lions club member Bruce Andrews of Cornell said during the program that Scott “is the heart of the club and the glue who kept the club going.”

Dick Marenger of Escanaba, another long-time Lions’ Club member, said Scott “is dedicated to the Lions Club above and beyond.”

Scott, who received several gifts for his long tenure, said “I don’t plan on quitting (the club) even though this sounds like an obituary.

“It’s been fun. We’ve met twice a month for nine months. That is not much time. It’s been quite a ride.”

Former club president Al Gerou, who conducted the brief program, summed up Scott’s accomplishments by simply stating Scott’s favorite phrase, “Good on you,” to which club members provided a rousing standing ovation.

Scott’s two roles will be split by two members, Blake Cowen (treasurer) and Tom Sabor (secretary).

Jay Owens was installed as president and other board members were also installed.