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On November 8, 2023, Thurmont Grange No. 409 held its annual Veterans Appreciation Program. The evening started with a welcome, given by Grange President, Niki Eyler. She stated that the Veterans being honored were “all honorable, upstanding, and respectable members of their families, churches, and communities.” 

Next, Thurmont American Legion Post 168 Commander Nick Middendorff led all attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Anthem, played by Bob Dunk of both Harmony and Spires Cornet Bands. 

A special recognition of Veteran and Thurmont resident, Jim Stull, was given by Niki Eyler. Jim was born on March 3, 1933, on the outskirts of Thurmont. He was one of nine children and was forced to leave school early to work in the family plumbing business. Jim always understood the importance of taking care of family, even at a young age.  At 18, he was drafted into the Korean War. His basic training was at Camp Atterberry, Indiana, and from there, Jim was stationed at Fort Carlson, Colorado. He volunteered to be a cook in the mess hall. After returning from a six-week recuperation from a broken leg, Jim’s platoon received the news they were being sent to Korea the following week to fight in the war.  Fortunately, the war ended before they were deployed. Jim went on to marry his wife of 59 years, Carolyn, and they had two daughters, Diana and Sylvia. He was a member of Weller United Methodist Church and Thurmont American Legion Post 168 for 45 years. He enjoyed spending winter months in Florida, and during the summer, he loved to be at his cabin in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. Jim also loved spending time vacationing with family and driving his antique Chrysler 300 convertible. The members of Scout Troup 270 folded the American flag and presented it to Jim’s daughter, Diana Stull, in honor of Jim’s service to our country.

Thurmont Grange also honored Thurmont resident, Grange member, and U.S. Army Veteran, Russell Moser, with a banner in the Military Banner Program, sponsored by the Thurmont Lions Club. Russell served as Private 2nd Class (1957-1958) as a trained Lineman in the 559 Signal Company. His basic training was at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Russell was then stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Upon release from active duty, Russell returned to the Army Reserves until 1963. During the Cuban Crisis, he was called back to active duty, at which time he was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The guest speaker for the evening was First Vice Commander of Legion Post 168 Debbie Middendorff, who spoke about the Poppy Program and how Veterans across the country are assisted by the funds raised through this program. Post 168 Poppy Princess, Ella Renner, was also in attendance and fulfilled her duty by ensuring everyone received a Poppy.

Next, the evening’s Veterans were recognized: Roland Renner (Army 69-72), Allen Middendorff (Army 76-98), Debbie Middendorff (Army 79-82), Denise Shriver (Navy 90-93), and Alvin Hatcher (Navy 84-96). Honorees were met with a round of applause in appreciation of their selfless service in the United States Armed Forces.

Finally, a moment of silence was observed for recently departed Grange members Patty Johnston, Roger Troxell, and Robert McAfee, as well as those who have lost their lives defending our country. In closing, Taps was performed by Bob Dunk. Before parting for the evening, those in attendance enjoyed refreshments and fellowship.

If you are interested in joining Thurmont Grange, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-606-9221.

Pictured from left are: Thurmont Grange President Niki Eyler, Roland Renner (Army 69-72), Allen Middendorff (Army 76-98), Debbie Middendorff (Army 79-82), Denise Shriver (Navy 90-93), Alvin Hatcher (Navy 84-96) and Thurmont Grange Vice President Alan Brauer.

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Jim Stull’s daughter (pictured center), Diana Stull, holds the flag presented to her by Scout Troup 270 in honor of Jim’s service, surrounded by friends.

Pictured from left are Thurmont Grange President Niki Eyler, American Legion Post 168 Poppy Princess Ella Renner, and Thurmont Grange Vice President Alan Brauer

On August 9, 2023, the Thurmont Lions Club recognized Lion Nancy Echard (pictured on right) as the recipient of the prestige award “Lion of the Year” for 2023. Lion Nancy has been a Lion member since June 2016, and during this short period of time she has taken on the planning and coordination of various club activities and service projects.

Lion Nancy has gone above and beyond serving as a Lion. She has served as coordinator of the Farmer’s Market table for the club working with Vickie Grinder throughout the summer. She promoted Lionism by letting the community know what we do as a “Lion” and encouraging new membership. Lion Nancy Echard works very hard at selling multiple raffle tickets, as well as supporting many of the Lions functions. Last year, she stepped up into a leadership position as 3rd Vice President. A huge thank you to Lion Nancy Echard for her dedication to Lionism and community service.

Members of BSA Scout T270B/G read the 271 names of the enslaved at the Catoctin Furnace cemetery, with a ringing of the bell after each name by Julie El-Tahar of the Thurmont Lions Club.

June 19 is a federal holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  This year the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Thurmont Lions Club and Harriet Chapel Catoctin Episcopal Parish hosted a Juneteenth Remembrance, with a wreath laying and reading of names of the enslaved found in the cemetery at the Catoctin Furnace.  Youth from BSA Scout Troops 270B&G provided the voices that commemorated 271 people.

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, with the help of the Smithsonian, used DNA research to find living descendants of the skilled enslaved ironworkers from the furnace.

The Juneteenth Remembrance hosted several descendants, with guest speakers Mayor John Kinnaird and Elizabeth Anderson Cooper, along with a video presentation from Machele Jones, a descendant of one of the iron workers.

When you buy a pit beef, ham, pork, or turkey sandwich from the Thurmont Lions Club at Bell Hill Farm or devour one of the Emmitsburg Lions Club finger-licking delicious chicken BBQ dinners from the Activities Building on Creamery Road, where does the profit go? What do our two local Lions Clubs do with the profit and the donations that many of you kindly give when you purchase their food or participate in our other fundraisers?

If you have been to one of the local food events lately, you can see how many people are involved in pulling these events together. In addition to the purchase of the food, it still needs to be cooked, the event must be advertised with signs and ads, then people need to serve and collect payment for the results. When all is said and done, at least 16 Emmitsburg Lions are involved in each BBQ and 25 Thurmont Lions are involved in the pit beef/pork and chicken events.

While the profit from each individual sale is not huge—because they realize the impact of inflation on local residents—each purchase you make adds money to their activities funds. While they like to focus on using these profits to benefit the members of our local Thurmont and Emmitsburg communities, they also provide funds, through their dues, to the International Lions Club.

Lions Clubs work on the five global causes that are the focus of the International Lions Clubs: vision, diabetes, hunger, environment, and childhood cancer. Lions are serving a world in need. Lions International is the largest service club organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in 49,000 clubs, serving 200 countries and geographic areas, worldwide. Since our founding in 1917, they have been proving that where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.

The Emmitsburg Lions Club provides eyeglass exams and glasses to approximately 35-40 local residents each year. In addition, the club works with other local Lions clubs to conduct vision screening for preschool and school-age children. Last year, the club screened at least 500 children in the county. Children whose results show potential issues are referred to eye doctors for follow-up diagnosis and care. The Thurmont Lions Club provides similar services to local residents. 

Emmitsburg Lion Club President Dianne Walbrecker was asked to serve as Diabetes Awareness co-chair for District 22-W, which encompasses 75 clubs. She and her co-chair, Lion Tom Harney, raised close to $10,000 to support diabetes awareness efforts and to send Type I diabetic children to the Lions Camp Merrick in Nanjemoy, Maryland, and to Camp Charm City in Baltimore, which is located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Campers spend five days to one week at these camps. While there, they learn how to manage and live with their diabetes, rather than fearing or fighting it.

Both Lions Clubs provide support to their respective food banks. In addition to organizing bags to be purchased and then donated to the food banks, several Lions also work at the Thurmont and Emmitsburg food banks.

The Thurmont Lions Club spent years restoring the Trolley Trail, contributing to the environment, as well as the health of residents. Several Emmitsburg Lions have planted trees in environmentally sensitive local areas.

Kindness matters to Lions. Lion’s motto is “We Serve,” and Lions put that motto into action every day. They are caring men and women who come together to be the difference in their communities. Every day, every way, Lions are investing their time, talents, and resources in the communities where they live, work, and serve. Come join them! Contact the Emmitsburg Lions Club at (20+) Facebook or call Lion President Dianne at 301-676-1561. Contact the Thurmont Lions Club through its website at or contact Lion President Susan Favorite at 240-409-1747.

The Thurmont Lions Club welcomed Past District Governor (PDG) Charlie Croft to officiate the Installation of Officers for the year 2023-2024. PDG Charlie expressed that the success of the club depends on their officers.

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Pictured from left: (front row) Lions Don Keeney, Jr., Tail Twister; Ruth Heaney, Assistant Treasurer; Dianne McLean, Membership Chairperson; (second row) Lions Joyce Anthony, Secretary; Nancy Echard, 2nd Vice President; Julie El-Taher, Immediate Past President and LVRF Chairperson; Susan Favorite, President; Sharon Morgan, Lion Tamer; (third row) Lions Doug Favorite, Treasurer; Bev Nunemaker, 2-year Director; Debbie Schray, 1-year Director. Absent from picture: Lions David Crum, Dues Treasurer; 3rd Vice President, Heidi Dennie; 1-year Director, Lisa Riffle; 2-year Director, Kim Grimm.

Does all the technology you use every day frustrate you? Does the technology of the future make you want to put your head in the sand?

No more worries! The Thurmont Lions Club is hosting a free presentation by Kelly Schulz on Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, located at 15 N. Church Street in Thurmont. The public is welcome.

Kelly Schulz is a woman of talent and energy. Prior to public service, Schulz “… put herself through college and worked as a server and bartender in the evenings and on weekends, yet always made time to serve on the school PTA and to volunteer with Brandon and Bradley’s sports teams.” Eventually, she become a partner in opening a small business, a cybersecurity firm. In 2015, Schulz was tapped by the former Governor Hogan and served seven years as the secretary of labor and secretary of commerce. She is now the chief executive officer of the Maryland Tech Council. Schulz resides in Frederick County with her husband, John Nowell

This event is open to all at no charge. It is chance to learn from an extremely knowledgeable person, who can answer questions about the present and the future in technology. Join the Thurmont Lions Club for this unique and relevant presentation.

The Thurmont Lions Club is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Volunteer of the Year. Nominate an individual(s) who is making a difference in the lives of others—working with children in the schools, helping at the food bank, a member of a service organization or church, a special neighbor who is always there to help whenever needed, and so forth.

There are many individuals eligible for this honor. Please nominate those deserving individuals for the goodwill and volunteer services they give to help their community. The volunteer service work must be done in the area of zip code 21788.

Forms are available online at or by contacting Lion Nancy Echard at [email protected], or you may pick up a form at the Thurmont Town Center.

Nomination forms are due no later than April 18, 2023. Send your completed nomination form to Lion Nancy Echard, 4 Tocati Street, Thurmont, MD 21788, or email to [email protected]. Lions Club members are eligible to be nominated with the stipulation that the MAJORITY (95 percent) of volunteer services considered for the award must be performed outside of related Lions Club community service, e.g. church, school, community, another organization, etc.

The Volunteer of the Year will be recognized and receive their award at a Thurmont Town meeting.

A spokesperson for the St. Andrews Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral and Humanitarian Center spoke at the Thurmont Lions Club meeting in February. St. Andrews volunteer, Olena “Len” Poole, gave the presentation and explained the need for personal items, clothing, and financial donations on the ground in Ukraine. Len’s brothers are fighting the front lines there, and other family members are seeking shelter in areas that are being bombed. With new information in the headlines daily about Ukraine, it is interesting to hear real reports about the conditions there. Len is from Ukraine but lives in the D.C. Metro area with her husband. Len is a Team Developer for Zoom when she’s not volunteering for this cause.

If you would like to donate to this cause, please email [email protected]. Donations will provide financial support for displaced families, refugee aid, evacuation support, medical equipment, orphanages, and humanitarian efforts for defenders. Donations also help refugees that come to the United States. One hundred percent of the donations received go to fulfill these purposes. Visit for more information.

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Guest Speaker Sheriff Chuck Jenkins speaks at the National Wreaths Across America Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Thurmont Lions Club.

The second Saturday of December is National Wreaths Across America Day, and this year was the third year the Thurmont Lions Club has sponsored the program in Thurmont.

On Wednesday, December 14, 2022, a tractor trailer owned by Sheetz, Inc. was given an escort from Catoctin Furnace Road on Rt. 15 to the Thurmont American Legion Post 168 by the Thurmont Police Department and the Thurmont Guardian Hose Company.  Cub Scout Pack 270 and BSA Scout Troop 270 were on hand to assist in off-loading 70 boxes, equaling 630 wreaths.

On Saturday, December 17, the Thurmont Lions Club hosted a ceremony, with guest speaker Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. Veterans laid wreaths to recognize each branch of the military, and Sheriff Chuck Jenkins laid a wreath in honor of all emergency services personnel. 

Thurmont residents, along with Cub Scout Pack 270, BSA Scout Troops 270B & G, Venturing Crew 270, and Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, laid wreaths at five cemeteries: Weller United, Blue Ridge, Mt. Carmel, Apples Church, and Graceham Moravian cemeteries. The Wreaths Across America mission is to Honor, Remember, and Teach.  

If you would like to donate or purchase a wreath, please visit  or, or send to The Thurmont Lions Club, 15000 Roddy Road, Thurmont, MD 21788 (in the notes, put Veteran name and cemetery).

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Pictured are Lion Joyce Anthony; Nick Goodrich, Autumn Lake Healthcare; PDG Paul Cannada.

In November 2022, Santa deputized special elves to collect goodies to fill Christmas stockings for residents at the Autumn Lake Healthcare at Glade Valley. The elves delivered all the goodies at the Thurmont Lions Club meeting on November 9. This was the club’s service project for December, with members assembling the stockings for delivery to the facility.

On December 23, 2022, PDG Paul Cannada and Lion Joyce Anthony delivered the 118 stockings and 118 Christmas cards to the Autumn Lake Healthcare at Glade Valley. Activities Director Nick Goodrich was so appreciative of the items. This was a heartfelt service project for the club, and it was fun to spread a little Christmas cheer to folks who have had a really tough year and could not be with their families during the holiday season.

Lion Joyce Anthony received a thank you letter for the club’s thoughtfulness, generosity, and adding joy to the residents.

For more information about the club, visit or contact Lion Susan Favorite at [email protected] or 240-409-1747.

During the June 8, 2022, membership meeting, Lion President Dianne McLean (pictured on right) provided the club’s “Lion of the Year” award to Lion Carie Stafford (pictured on left). 

Lion Carie has been a Thurmont Lion since 2019.  During this short period of time, she has single-handedly taken on the planning and coordination of two very important service projects: Wreaths Across America and the club’s annual 9/11 Memorial program. Each of these important programs require a considerable amount of time, effort, and coordination. Lion Carie contacted several individuals and groups to participate in both programs, which included politicians, musicians, speakers, and first responders, just to name a few.

As a leader of Scout Troop 270, she has also assisted with having Scouts help with the Thurmont Lions Club’s service and fundraising projects, such as the Easter egg hunt, the pit sandwich sales, and Colorfest. During regular club meetings, Lion Carie provides updates on the Scouts activities. She also works with the Venturing Crew and Girl Scouts. She is a dedicated Lion, supporting Lionism and community service. For more information, visit or contact Lion Susan Favorite at [email protected] or 240-409-1747

Thurmont Lions Club President Dianne McLean presented Lion Bob Johnson a Progressive Melvin Jones Award at the Lions membership meeting on June 8. Lion Bob has served on the board of directors; has held positions as vice president, president, and membership chair; and has received a Diamond Centennial Membership pin. 

Lion Bob has mentored many new members, helps with the food fundraisers, and has become the master maker of beef and pork barbeque. He has held several district positions, including LVRF, LOVRNET, member of the Global Membership Team, Mobile Screening Van committee, and is a certified Guiding Lion. Congratulations to Lion Bob.


Pictured are Lion Dianne McLean (right) and the Progressive Melvin Jones Award recipient, Lion Bob Johnson.

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The Nancy Dutterer Service Award is awarded to a Lion member who doesn’t stop with their work with the Thurmont Lions Club. They assist and volunteer with other organizations in Thurmont, Frederick County, and beyond, a Lion who emulates their philosophy of giving of one’s self. The award was presented to Lion Joyce Anthony.

Lion Joyce has held the office of president, membership chair, and has served as secretary for numerous years.  She not only works tirelessly for the Thurmont Lions Club as secretary and on many committees, she has prepared the newsletter for the Thurmont Lions Club for more than 11 years. She is the recipient of two Progressive Melvin Jones awards. Lion Joyce manages the Homeowners Association for Phase I of the JerMae Estates community as secretary/treasurer for 17 years, is a member of the Lewistown United Methodist Church, is a member of many committees, and is treasurer for the Lewistown United Methodist Women. She also is a board member and administrative assistant for the Catoctin Medical Center. 

As a Lion, she has an excellent working relationship with the Town of Thurmont’s mayor and administrator. She often helps neighbors and friends by providing transportation, setting out trash and recycling bins, and picking up mail. She spearheaded the club’s Veterans’ Banner Project in recognition of past and present Veterans in the zip code of 21788 by having banners made and displayed on the lamp posts in the town of Thurmont.

Lion Joyce helps to prepare BBQ sauce and coleslaw for the pit sandwich sales, makes pounds and pounds of sloppy joe each year for Colorfest, and works all day at the pit sandwich sales and Colorfest in various positions.  Congratulations to Lion Joyce.

Pictured are Lion Dianne McLean (left) and the Nancy Dutterer Service Award recipient, Lion Joyce Anthony.

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The Thurmont Lions Club welcomed District Governor Charlie Croft to officiate the 2022-2023 installation of officers. District Governor Croft expressed to the members that having a successful year depends upon what individual members are doing to make a difference in the community and worldwide.  In addition, the success of the club depends on the officers.

For more information about the Thurmont Lions Club, visit or contact Lion Susan Favorite at [email protected] or 240-409-1747.

Pictured from left are: (front row) Nancy Echard, 3rd Vice President; Don Keeney, Jr., 2nd Vice President and Tail Twister; Joyce Anthony, Secretary; Gayle DiSalvo, Lion Tamer; Heidi Dennie, Assistant Secretary; (back row) Bev Nunemaker, one-year Director; Doug Favorite, Treasurer; Bob Johnson, one-year Director; Julie El-Taher, President; Dianne McLean, IPP and LCIF Chair; Lisa Riffle, two-year Director; Jan Ely, Assistant Treasurer; Don Ely, two-year Director. Absent from the picture: PCS Susan Favorite, 1st Vice President and Membership Chair.

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A group of Lions members attended the Thurmont Town Meeting on April 26, 2022. Lion Mark Long announced the Thurmont Lions Club 2022 Volunteer of the Year, Cindy Poole, who makes a difference in the Thurmont community. She serves as the coordinator of the Thurmont Green Team and does an exceptional job in this role. Cindy coordinates the Community Gardens at Carroll Street Park and lines up volunteers to help maintain them. She can be seen pulling her wagon around town with painting supplies, painting storm drains. There are so many activities around town that Cindy can be seen coordinating or working on. She is a true “lead by example” leader, and Thurmont is very fortunate to have her as such a dedicated and selfless volunteer. The Thurmont Lions Club would like to say, “Congratulations and thank you, Cindy, for all that you do.”

Cindy received a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift card to a restaurant, and a $400 donation to a charity of her choice: The Green Team.

The Thurmont Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at St. John Lutheran Church in Thurmont. Visit or contact Lion Joyce Anthony at [email protected] or 240-288-8748 for more information.

Pictured from left are Lion Mark Long, Cindy Pool, Commissioner Wayne Hooper, Lion Dianne McLean, Mayor John Kinnaird, Lion Joyce Anthony, Lion Gayle DiSalvo, Commissioner Wes Hamrick, and Commissioner Bill Blakeslee.

On April 13, Past District Governor Paul Cannada inducted a new member into the Thurmont Lions Club: David Crum. 

Lion Doug Favorite was Lion David’s sponsor. Lion David is married and lives in Emmitsburg. He recently transferred to the Thurmont Woodsboro Bank as their new manager. Lion David is excited to start helping with the fundraisers for the club and the community. Congratulations to Lion David and welcome to the Thurmont Lions Club family.

Pictured from left are Lion David Crum and Lion Doug Favorite.

Pictured from left are: (front row) Lions Nancy Echard, Dianne McLean, Gayle DiSalvo, Bev Nunemaker; (back row) Lions Marci Veronie, Joyce Anthony, PCC Bob Muchow, FVDG Nadja Muchow, PDG Paul Cannada, and CS Susan Favorite. Absent from picture: Lions Julie El-Taher, Doug Favorite, Donald Keeney, Jr.

The 2022 Multiple District 22 Convention was held April 22-24, 2022, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The convention was an outstanding event. The Lions Memorial Service, numerous seminars, District luncheons, meetings, candidate’s hospitality rooms and election of incoming officers were well attended.  Past International Director Steven Sherer from Ohio was the guest speaker. PID Sherer’s messages were very informative, full of stories about his wife, Lion Mary Ellen and himself were inspirational.

District Governor presented numerous awards to his cabinet members and throughout District 22-W. Lion Joyce Anthony was named to the District 22-W Honor Roll. This award recognizes Lions who have rendered outstanding service to their club and their community at the “grass roots” level over an extended period of time, who exemplify the spirit of Lionism through their unselfish dedication, and who are deserving of District-wide recognition for their efforts in support of Lionism. The Thurmont Lions Club had 13 members attending the convention.

The Thurmont Lions Club is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Volunteer of the Year. Nominate an individual(s) who is making a difference in the lives of others—working with children in the schools, helping at the food bank, a member of a service organization or church, a special neighbor who is always there to help whenever needed, and so forth. There are many individuals eligible for this honor. Please nominate those deserving individuals for the goodwill and volunteer services they give to help their community. The volunteer service work must be done in the area of zip code 21788.

Forms are available online at or by contacting Lion Mark Long at [email protected]. Nomination forms are due no later than April 5, 2022. Send your completed nomination form to Thurmont Lions Club, ATTN: Lion Mark Long, P.O. Box 306, Thurmont, MD 21788 or email to [email protected]

Thurmont Lions Club members are eligible to be nominated with the stipulation that the MAJORITY (95 percent) of the volunteer services considered for the award must be performed outside of related Lions Club community service, e.g. church, school, community, another organization, etc.

The Thurmont Volunteer of the Year will be recognized and receive the award at the Thurmont Town meeting on April 19, 2022.

It is time to recognize that special teacher who has made an impact on your child’s life and on your school community. Each year, the Thurmont Lions Club honors the teachers of Catoctin High School and the feeder schools (Thurmont Primary, Thurmont Elementary, Thurmont Middle, Lewistown Elementary, Emmitsburg, Sabillasville, and Mother Seton). Anyone can nominate a teacher: parents, students, fellow teachers, and administrators. 

All nomination forms are due to Lion Stephanie Steinly no later than April 8. They can be mailed to Lion Stephanie Steinly, 24 Lombard Street, Thurmont, MD  21788. Please include “2022 Teacher of the Year” on the subject line if emailing.

Forms are available online at or by contacting Stephanie Steinly at [email protected].

The Thurmont Lions Club 2022 Teacher of the Year will be selected from the finalists by a committee of community leaders and will be announced at the Thurmont Lions Club’s Education Night meeting on May 11, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Lion Stephanie Steinly at [email protected] or 301-271-3268.

On October 27, 2021, during the Thurmont Lions Club 92nd Charter Night Anniversary celebration, the Extension Award was presented by District Governor Charlie Croft to Lions Bob and Cartha Johnson for their dedicated support in the organization of a new Lions Club that remained active and in good standing for at least one year: the Frederick Fusion Club. 

With heartfelt sorrow, Lion Cartha Johnson passed on August 23, 2021.  Lion Bob Johnson accepted the award on behalf of Lion Cartha and himself, along with the support of his daughter, Lion Liz Long, and members of the Frederick Fusion Club. Congratulations!

Also during the celebration, DG Charlie Croft inducted four new members into the Thurmont Lions Club: William (Bill) Heaney, Ruth Heaney, Eric Dutrow, and Angie Simmons. 

Lions Bill and Ruth have lived in Thurmont for one year. They want to give back to the community as a thank you for what the community has given them. Lion Eric Dutrow has lived in Thurmont for 23 years. He has two grown children, and a son that is a very active Scout. Lion Angie Simmons lived in Thurmont for ten years, but presently lives in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. She is manager at the Thurmont Woodsboro Bank. By joining the club, she would like to get to know the community. 

The Thurmont Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at St. John Lutheran Church, located on Church Street in Thurmont.

For more information, visit or contact Lion Joyce Anthony at [email protected] or 240-288-8748.

Over 600 wreaths were delivered to the Thurmont American Legion on the afternoon of December 16 by Wreaths Across America.

The wreaths were placed on Veterans’ graves at Weller Cemetery and Blue Ridge Cemetery the following Saturday, December 18. The wreaths were purchased by the Thurmont Lions Club and were placed by Thurmont Scouts.

Thanks to Wreaths Across America, the Thurmont Lions Club, Thurmont Scouts, Thurmont American Legion Post 168, AMVETS Post 7, and all those that attended for helping to make this event possible.

Last year, Immediate Past President Susan Favorite established a new Thurmont Lion Club (TLC) award: the “Rookie of the Year.”

This annual award honors a new member who joins the club during the current year and meets certain criteria and excels to a degree during that year. 

This year, Lion Maxine Troxell was presented the award during the club’s Charter Night on October 27. She joined the club in July 2020. During the year, the club held many sandwich sale fundraisers, and she was there for the majority of the sales, working the dessert counter. After one year as member, Lion Maxine established the website for the club. She also volunteered to be the assistant secretary, which involves many duties. She has become an invaluable and beloved member of the Lions family. Congratulations to Lion Maxine Troxell.

For more information on the Thurmont Lions Club, call 240-288-8748 or visit

Pictured are (from left) Lion Maxine Troxell and Immediate Past President Susan Favorite.


The Thurmont Lions Club welcomed District Governor Barbara Brimigion to officiate the installation of officers for the year 2021-2022.

District Governor Brimigion expressed to the members that in order to have a successful year it depends upon what individual members are doing to make a difference in  the community and worldwide.  The success of the club depends on its officers.

Pictured from left are: (front row) Lisa Riffle, 1-Year Director; Jan Ely, Dues Treasurer; Julie El-Taher, 2nd Vice President; Dianne McLean, President; Maxine Troxell, Assistant Secretary; (back row) Marci Veronie, 1st Vice President; Susan Smith, Assistant Treasurer; Don Ely, 2-Year Director; George Bolling, 2-Year Director; Doug Favorite, Treasurer; Joyce Anthony, Secretary and Membership Chair; Don Keeney, Jr., Tail Twister; Susan Favorite, LCIF Chair and Immediate Past President; Gayle DiSalvo, Lion Tamer; Bill Reckley, 1-Year Director.

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During the June 23, 2021, membership meeting, Thurmont Lions Club President Susan Favorite presented Lion Joyce Anthony, immediate past president and secretary, a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. 

Lion Joyce has demonstrated her commitment to humanitarian service and has reaffirmed her dedication to the foundation’s humanitarian objectives.

This is the second Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award that has been presented to such a dedicated Lion.

Pictured from left are Lion Joyce Anthony and President Susan Favorite.

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The Trolley Trail is hosted by the The Thurmont Lions Club. Each year, Scouts BSA Troop 270B and G and Venturing Crew 270 spend an evening cleaning it up, to include wading in the creek to fish out trash. Thank you to the Scouts for helping to keep our environment clean. Find out more about these units at Courtesy Photo