by Lisa Tome
Don Struble summed up the events of Thursday, April 5 simply. "It's wonderful, wonderful, and better than that," said Struble.
Known as "Coach", the 88-year-old retired teacher, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rising Sun Lions Club. Struble joined the Rising Sun Lions in 1961 and is currently in his 57th year of service to the organization.
by Lisa Tome
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International, local clubs have been charged with the task of doing something outstanding. The Rising Sun Lions will fulfill this challenge by allowing you to take a seat.
A project is currently underway in front of Rising Sun town hall which will place a six foot bench featuring the Lions logo.
Bud McFadden, longtime Lions member, said the bench will fulfill the legacy challenge and will also provide people with a place to rest. The local Lions Club was founded in 1932, 15 years after the international clubs.
A little over a year after locating his business in Rising Sun, Gary Cullum has found a way to give back to the community.
Cullum, who owns G. Cullum Heating and Cooling, and who is a member of the Rising Sun Lions, is teaming up with that organization to host a food drive.
"I want to give back to my community. They support me. I want to support them," said Cullum.
Cindy Fitzpatrick's former students haven't forgotten her.
In fact, at least one of them is responsible for a holiday miracle at Rising Sun Elementary School where Fitzpatrick, now the school's principal, started her teaching career in 1980.
Before being named Person of the Year by Rising Sun's Lions Club, Dawn Deckman had to work for it.
Deckman was invited by Rising Sun Lions Club past president Ellen Lucas to talk about the Neighborhood Youth Panel, an organization for which Deckman serves as a volunteer. About 15 years ago, Deckman started volunteering with youth at Janes United Methodist Church. She was then offered the job as youth director and started studying religion at Liberty University. She then volunteered with Fellowship with Christian Athletes and later became a board member and staffer. She is also a character coach for the Rising Sun girls soccer and lacrosse teams. She serves as a mentor and role model to many children in the community. She's a mother of three children, two step-children, and seven grandchildren. She and her husband, Mark live near Rising Sun.