The Ashland Lions Club named John Wieczorek as their Citizen of the Year 2014 at the club's annual awards presentation Tuesday, Nov 11. Wieczorek was honored for his tireless efforts on behalf of the homeless in the Ashland community. His work has resulted in two nights per week that the homeless of our community can take shelter from the winter cold, rain and snow at Pioneer Hall. He was also instrumental in development of — and now serves as board president of — Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland and the related mobile shower and laundry unit.

Wieczorek sets a great example of citizenship, increasing our awareness of the issues which the homeless face in our community, the Lions said.

Others honored at the awards event were Lion of the Year James Bezjak, for his efforts to assure the Lions meet their community fundraising and project completion goals. Bob Miller was presented the Tom Irwin Award for his work with Lions and Habitat for Humanity.

The Lions also presented a check for $1,000 to Chip Lindsey, executive director of ScienceWorks in recognition of ScienceWorks' involvement in the Lions Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Show in September. The Lions endeavor to provide annual financial support to ScienceWorks.

The Lions primary focus is local, national & international sight and hearing, but they also complete many projects within and for the benefit of the Ashland community. Anyone interested in information about Lions and their community projects can go to ashlandoregonlions.org or call 541-482-2515.