Muscatine Lion Jim Bixler, center, receives a Lions International Certificate of Appreciation at the Iowa Lions District 9EC meeting held on March 25, 2017, in Eldridge, Iowa. Making the award are with the smiles of Lions Past International Director Judy Hankom (L) and Lions District 9EC Governor Robert Rhinehart (R).

Bixler was recognized for his many years of promoting Lions service programs at local, district, and state levels. He will serve as the new District 9EC Governor in the 2017-2018 year. There are over 50 Lions Clubs in the east central Iowa district. They will celebrate this year’s 100th birthday of Lions Clubs, now the largest worldwide service organization.