Lion Bob Hayward was selected as the Lexington Park Lions Club Lion of the Year, in recognition for his outstanding commitment and contributions to Lionism at the local, district, and national levels. Lion Bob was our nominee for the prestigious Lions Club International Bull Thrower award.

Lion Bob joined the Lexington Park Lions Club in December 1996. Active from the beginning, Lion Bob personifies the ideals of Lionism. He accepted the position of Membership Chair in July of 1997 and served in that position for two years. Lion Bob then took on the responsibilities of King Lion, serving in that position from July 1999 to June 2000. He then became Treasurer in July 2002, holding that position for three years until June 2004. He was Lion Tamer for two years, July 2005 to June 2007. In July of 2010, he again accepted the responsibilities of King Lion serving in that position until June 2013. Lion Bob has been our Secretary since July 2014.

Not only has Lion Bob accepted “official” leadership roles in the Lexington Park Lions Club, he is actively involved in all Club activities, most often taking a leadership role, e.g., our annual yard sale, our annual charity golf tournament, white cane days, and more. He is the consummate Lion, always giving of himself, his time and talents, and always encouraging others to become more involved. He is our strong right arm in all things Lion.

In addition to his many responsibilities with the Lexington Park Lions Club, Lion Bob has been a strong advocate for and participant in District 22C activities. He served as Zone Chair for Region 4, Zone 2, July 2012 to June 2014, Diabetic Chair since July 2014, and Treasurer for the Lions Youth Foundation since July 2013. He continues in those last two positions today.

Recognized by his peers for his outstanding contributions to his Club, the District, and to Lions Club International, Lion Bob was selected as a Melvin Jones Fellow in June 2000. Lion Bob’s service to the community is not limited to his work with the Lions. During the years 1995 to October of 2014, he worked with Washington Redskins Hoggette David “Spiggy” Spigler, in his annual fund raiser for Children’s Hospital, raising millions of dollars for local families in need. He is a strong advocate for the military family and works diligently to include our service men and women in our activities, either as participants or as recipients of our services.

When asked what brought him to Lions, he cited a good friend’s invitation and a memory from his childhood: “When I was in Kindergarten, I had trouble reading…the local Lions Club paid for the exam and glasses….”

CONGRATULATIONS, Lion Bob Hayward, on your selection as the Lexington Park Lions Club “LION OF THE YEAR” 2016-2017.

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