Louisiana Lions Club President Don Hamilton, (right) presents a Lions Clubs International 40-Year Membership Service Award to Don Patrick of Louisiana.  Patrick became a Lion on November 10, 1973, as a Charter Member of the Pontoon Beach, Ill., Lions Club.  He was elected as the Pontoon Beach club’s third president in 1976-77, and went on to be elected Illinois Lions District 1-G Governor in 1982-83.  He moved to Louisiana in 1985 and transferred his membership to the Louisiana Lions Club.  He was elected Louisiana Lions Club president in 1986-87.  Patrick is the President and CEO of the 12-county area not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) that is headquartered in Bowling Green.  The Louisiana Lions Club hold its meetings on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6:30 PM at the K C’s Place Restaurant.  Anyone interested in Lion membership may attend as a guest or contact Club President Hamilton at (573) 324-3000. CONTRIBUTED/BRENT ENGEL