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Paul Nutter named Ohio Lion of the Year
Paul Nutter, associate professor of technology at Ohio Northern University and faculty advisor to the ONU Lions Club, has been named Lion of the Year for 2010-11 by the Ohio multiple-district of Lions Clubs International in recognition of his commitment to the Lions Quest program.
The ONU Lions Club includes 14 members and is active in raising funds for pilot dogs, recycling eyeglasses, and collecting toys for children at the holidays. During the past academic year, the group hosted guest speakers about Canine Companions for Independence, diabetes and the eye, and death scene preservation by the Hardin County coroner. Members also made Valentine’s Day cards for nursing home residents in Kenton, Ohio, performed visual acuity eye exams at Ada Elementary School and the ONU Azucar medical screenings in Columbus, participated as a team in the ONU Relay for Life, and assisted at a drive-through flu clinic with the Kenton-Hardin Health Department.
Nutter also is an associate member of the Lima Host Lions Club and has been an active Lion for 24 years, participating in various club, district and state projects, including serving as the Ohio Leadership Development Coordinator.
During the past year, Nutter submitted a proposal and is serving as project chairperson for a $25,000 grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation to provide teacher workshops for Lions Quest. These programs are comprehensive, positive youth development and prevention curricula that unite the home, school and community to cultivate capable and healthy young people of strong character. Lions Quest K-12 programs teach essential life skills that support character development, social and emotional learning, civic values, substance and violence prevention, and service-learning. Information about the program is available at www.lions-quest.org
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.