In Memoriam

Past International Director Trevor P. Baron died on May 8, 2019. He was 99 years old -- 85 days short of his 100th birthday.

The late past director became a member of the Hamilton Host Lions Club in 1958. He held 33 years of perfect attendance, has received eight International President’s Awards, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a member by the association.

Baron chartered the first Lions Club in the Fiji Islands and chaired the committee for the formation of the Nadi Lions Club that is still serving the community today. He dedicated his time to helping children, was a life member of the Society for Intellectually Handicapped Children’s Association, now called the IHC New Zealand. Now more than 60 years old, IHC New Zealand is the largest provider of services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families, supporting more than 6,000 people.

Past International Director Scott Rennels (1999-2001) died on January 9, 2020 at the age of 71. A Lion since 1987 and member of the Jonesboro Nettleton Lions Club, Rennels held many offices within the association. He served as a presenter, moderator, and discussion leader at the USA/Canada Forums and was chairman of the leadership committee.

Rennels was past president of the Lions World Services for the Blind. His numerous Lions awards include the Ambassador of Good Will award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. In addition to his Lion activities, the late international director was state president of the Arkansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and served as a North Vietnamese interpreter and translator.

He and his wife, Deborah, cofounded the southern Illinois chapter of The Dream Factory, an organization that grant dreams to seriously ill and terminally ill children. Rennels served in the United States Air Force and studied North Vietnamese at Pacific Western Defense Language Institute.

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