Wenaas named Litchfield Lion of the Year


Whether he’s advocating for organ transplant or working at fundraiser breakfasts, Hal Wenaas loves to volunteer in the Litchfield area.

His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The Litchfield Lions Club recognized Wenaas with its 2017 Lion of the Year award this month.

Each year, the club recognizes a member for his outstanding service to the Lions organization and to the community.

“We, as the Litchfield Lions, are very proud to have a member who is a humanitarian and knows the motto of our organization, ‘We serve,’” read a statement describing Wenaas and his wife, Lioness Mary Jane, on behalf of the club. “We are proud of both of you, and God bless you for more life and giving. Congrats, Lion Hal Wenaas, the most upbeat person you could know!”

In addition, Lion Keith Johnson called Wenaas a “tireless, super volunteer and human being.”

“I was overwhelmed. I just couldn’t believe it,” Wenaas said of receiving the surprise award. “I was pleased to get that award.”

Wenaas has lived in Litchfield since 1979 and has been a member of the Lions Club for more than 20 years. Now retired, the Jamestown, North Dakota native enjoys fellowship and camaraderie among members. “We just have a great group,” he said. “I love being in Lions.”

Wenaas helps with many Litchfield Lions fundraisers and service projects each year, according to Johnson. Continue reading

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