One of Iowa Lions MD 9 PIDs Gary Fry (l) presenting a very prestigious MD 9 award, the Ralph Whitten Service Award to PDG Elwin Hodges (r), on June 11th; during PDG Hodge’s 60-year anniversary of his involvement in Lionism. Hodges is very deserving of this prestigious award as he is one of the most humble and hard-working Lions I have ever known. He has been one of the Lions I have idolized and truly considered one of my many Lions mentors I have had the privilege of working with throughout my many years as a Lion. Congratulations, Elwin and his lovely wife Ramona and thank you for being such a wonderful Lion, directly and indirectly, to Lions in District 9 NC. If it were up to me the Lions of District 9 NC would be honoring you every year for the next 60 years.