A Dent native who helped organize the Dent Lions Club has been named a "Hall of Famer."
It was 28 years ago, in 1980, that George Perszyk and a handful of other Dent residents chartered the Dent Lions.
On May 3, at the spring convention, Perszyk was inducted into the Lions district 5M convention, which encompasses Minnesota, Manitoba and part of Ontario.
He is among the few Hall of Fame Lions in the immediate region. Another is Bob Shields, Vergas.
Working behind the scenes to put Perszyk in the "Hall" were local Lions Bert Nelson, Eldon Bergman, Lynn Mongen and the late Bill Parks--all of them Governors who have worked with Perszyk for years.
The 22-member Dent Lions still has four charter members in the club: Don Garber, Gene Stoll, Greg Meyer and Perszyk. The club was chartered with about 30 to 35 members, recalled Perszyk.
One of the Dent Lions' first projects started a community tradition that carries on to this day: The Dent "Chicken Stampede."
The mid-summer BBQ poultry feed, slated June 14 this year, is served in conjunction with baseball games and other community activities--at the park shelter the Lions helped build.
"The Lions is a good organization...and I'm proud of all the things we've done," said Perszyk, pointing to the scholarships to youth and the sight and hearing programs, just as examples.
A Dent native, Perszyk lives on his grandfather's farm--just a couple miles outside of town.
He was a career Air National Guardsman, serving as a "Happy Hooligan" at the Fargo base. He retired 18 years ago, and has been an active part of the Dent community throughout those years.