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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Local Lions Club presents awards

  •      The local Lions Club recently honored members of the community who work in the service industry with their Community Employees awards.


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  •      The local Lions Club recently honored members of the community who work in the service industry with their Community Employees awards.
         The awards were announced at the club's annual appreciation banquet, an event which recognizes those volunteers who help with the pancake feed.
         "This year I asked the board if I could suggest a couple of additional names, people in the community who work behind the counter and deserve recognition. I think it's time to say 'thank you,'" said Vernon Everhart, longtime Lions Club member.
         The club honored two members with the Melvin Jones Award and two community members with the Community Recognition Award.
         Kim Day, was chosen by the club as outstanding fast food manager in western Kansas. Day manages the local Arby's franchise and her store achieved the million dollar sales mark two years ago.
         Day learned a valuable lesson when she and her sister, Debbie, were working at the Inn Pancake House under manager Don Wilson.
         "I was standing around and Don asked me what was wrong and I said I was bored," Day's sister said. "Don said that when you're working in a restaurant, you don't say you're bored, you ask what's next. Kim tells her employees that, and, as a customer, you can see that attitude from her staff."
         Day and husband, Steve, have a son, Thomas, who is in the U.S. Navy, a son, Noah, who is 17 and a daughter, Marissa, who is 7.
         Alyce Hurst was honored as outstanding waitress in western Kansas.
         Hurst took her first job as a waitress in 1966 in Bowman, N.D. In 1983 she started working at the Golden Pancake House, where she became well-known around town for her ability to cover several tables without writing anything down. She could carry enough plates at one time to deliver most breakfast orders in one trip.
         Vernon Everhart, Lions Club member, said that he often asks people where they're from and why they're in Dodge.
         "Many times I've had people say that they came through Dodge on their way to somewhere else, stopped at the Pancake House and were so impressed with Alyce's service that they decided to stop on their way back," Everhart said.
         Hurst has three children, lives in Minneola and collects angels.
         In addition to the community employees awards, the club honored Bruno Hoffman and Bruce Mock.
         Hoffman, who goes by the nickname Jake, is the oldest member of the local club, of which he's been a member since 1979. His membership in the Lions organization goes back to 1952 when he helped organize a Lions Club in Meade.
         Hoffman will turn 99 this October.
    Page 2 of 2 -      Hoffman and his wife, Marcie, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last November. They habe two daughters: Margo and her husband live in Oklahoma City and Michelle and her husband live in Plains.
    Bruck Mock attended Hutchinson Community College, where he met his wife, JoAnn. They both graduated from Kansas State University in 1950 and started a family. Mock's job as a general manager for the Dodge City Coop brought them to town. Mock later managed the coop in Pratt and, after retiring from that job, worked for Stanion Wholesale Electric in Pratt.
         After 18 years in Pratt, the Mocks returned to Dodge City to be close to family.
         Mock has devoted many hours to Lions Club activities, including the annual pancake feed.
         Mock and Hoffman were both given the Melvin Jones Award. Jones was the founder of Lions International and helped focus the organization's attention toward helping people with sight problems.
     
     
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