It was time for dedication and celebration at the Lions Park Campground on a breezy Monday evening. The local Bowman Lions Club had been building a small storage shed, and the group decided to dedicate it to the late Ken Sihla, a dedicated Lions member himself.
By COLE BENZ
After a brief introduction by President Roger Walter, Sandy Phelps spoke glowingly about their late friend.
“Thanks everybody for coming and joining the Bowman Lions today to help dedicate this new Lions’ shed in honor of one of our dear friends and past Lions member, Ken Silha,” Sandy Phelps said. “He was truly one of a kind.”
Through her short speech, it was clear that Sihla was a dedicated member of his community. Phelps listed a multitude of community and service organizations, and Phelps essentially called him the perfect definition of a Lion.
“I don’t know if I have ever seen such an accomplished list of volunteerism,” she said. “But it’s what made Ken the epitome of what the Lions stand for, and what our motto is, that is ‘we serve.’”
Following her speech, the signage was revealed.
The shed was dedicated as “Ken’s Den” and featured a portrait of the late Silha. The sign was designed by his daughter, Lacy.
After the building was dedicated, Walter began to talk about the history of the Bowman Lions Club, which is celebrating their 40th anniversary.
“I was going to give tribute to the people who had the fore site,” Walter said, pausing to regain composure. “To see what Lions was going to do.”
Walter then read the list of the original chartering members, a group that he served as president for.
As a sign of appreciation, the Bowman Lions served a free meal of hamburgers and hotdogs to the community, which ice cream treats available for dessert.