Connie Lindeman named Melvin Jones Fellow

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 11/19/96.

Melvin Jone Fellow
Connie Lindeman, Paynesville, was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation, at the clubâs 50th anniversary celebration Nov. 3 in Paynesville.

Mrs. Lindeman was presented with a plaque and lapel pin by Lion Pete Kleingartner, Princeton, acknowledging her dedication to the foundationâs humanitarian goals. This award was sponsored by the officers and cabinet of District 5M8 of Lions International.

ãI was surprised and overwhelmed by the recognition,ä Mrs. Lindeman said. As a Melvin Jones Fellow, Mrs. Lindeman becomes a part of a growing network of individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life for people locally and in communities around the world.

Her husband, Ray, was named a Melvin Jones Fellow in 1984. Dr. Lindeman recently completed serving a year as district governor. He said he had no clue the award was coming. Mrs. Lindeman is the fifth Paynesville Lion to receive the award. Other recipients are Ron Frauenshuh, Dr. Lindeman, Phil and Larraine Stewart and now Mrs. Lindeman.

Fellowship grants are available to needy communities or organizations throughout the world. The Melrose Hospital received a $50,000 grant and the city of Princeton received $5,000 following last summer sstorm.

Mrs. Lindeman served as the Paynesville Lutheran choir director 36 years, is a former president of the Paynesville PTA, served as a Cub Scout den mother and Brownie leader when her kids were small, served on the church board and is a member of the Paynesville Lutheran Church Women. The couple still sing in the choir. She also provided Dr. Lindeman with lots of support during his term as district governor. The couple will celebrate their 51st anniversary on Nov. 24. They have five children and 15 grandchildren.

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