Lions President Tim Musgrove presents Jim and Allyson Stogsdill with their Citizen of the Year Awards at the Soldotna City Council meeting last week.
Lions Clubs are known for their community service in assisting children with eye sight problems or other medical necessities, scholarships and a myriad of other service projects. The Soldotna Lions Club also started a tradition several years ago of selecting a man and a woman who exhibits outstanding service to the community each year and by a vote of the club membership bestowing upon them the honor of “Citizen of the Year.” At last weeks Soldotna City Council meeting Soldotna Lions Club president Tim Musgrove explained to the Council, “Lions believe that service through giving of one’s self without regard for recognition or gain is a basic building block of maintaining a healthy and vibrant community. One in which we all prosper and enjoy life. Past recipients of this award have been Kathy Gensel, Merrill Sikorski, your own Jane Stein, Kathy Lopeman and Mike Sweeney, just to mention a few,” said Musgrove. “This year we have selected a lady who for a long time has played a pivotal role in bringing care and counseling to victims of breast cancer. She has devoted many hours of her time and her energies working towards diminishing the devastating impact of this dreaded disease. We wish to recognize therefore Allyson Stogsdill as our female Citizen of the year and in this way say thank you for caring about Soldotna,” continued Musgrove. “Our male citizen of the year has given many years of service to the City of Soldotna, our business community, and other service organizations. He is much admired and respected by his professional peers and serves on City Council as a senior councilperson and vice mayor by your selection. So it is with thanks for his dedicated service that the Soldotna Lions Club has selected Councilman Jim Stogsdill as our male Citizen of the Year.”
A surprised Stogsdill and his wife Allyson accepted the award during the regular meeting of the City Council. This was the first time the Lions Citizen of the Year awards have been given to a husband and wife team. “I was told only that Jim would be getting an award so I came to tonight’s meeting to congratulate him and when Tim turned around and named me first I was totally off guard but very delighted to receive the award,” commented Allyson. The Stogsdills have been in Alaska since the early ‘70’s and have resided on the Peninsula since 1984. “Jim served with the State Troopers so we were transferred all over the State and were lucky enough to come here in 1984 and have been here ever since,” said Stogsdill. Allyson says that her work with the American Cancer Society is her favorite volunteer effort, “The Relay for Life is a great event and working one on one with women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer is a very rewarding experience,” she said. Lion Musgrove said he will continue to keep his eye out for likely candidates for next year’s award but in the meantime they are gearing up for the return of the famous Rubber Ducky Race; you may get details from any Lions Club member.
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