Lion Leo Kuntz and Englewood Chamber director Randy Penn. Photo by Bob Sweeney
BY BOB SWEENEY
The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce annual service club luncheon was held Oct. 31 at Brookdale’s Englewood Meridian.
Chamber members, Lions, and service-club members gathered to honor this year’s honoree, Lion Leo Kuntz, who was nominated by his Englewood Lions Club. The award certificate was presented to him by chamber director Randy Penn.
Kuntz’s wife Marti and daughter Kara were by his side to support this well-known Englewood business leader who has contributed countless hours to the community through decades of service.
Kuntz was introduced by Englewood Lions President Gary Condreay, who read a short letter submitted by Kuntz thanking the organizations for the award.
“When I was asked by Lion Gary Condreary to jot down some of the reasons I love ‘Lionism’ and what kept me a member for over 20 years, I didn’t know where to start,” the letter said.
“Should I start with the projects I was involved in and loved to have the opportunity to participate in such as Handy Lions, managing the train, Lions camp, the miniature-golf course, tiling the clubhouse basement floor, attaching a decorated rock facing to the surface of the fireplace. Or should I start with the offices that I held and enjoyed, such as club director, two-terms club president, committee chairman and director of the Lions Camp.
“Well, thinking about it more, I came to the conclusions that yes, I did love participating in all the above, but the real reasons I remained a member is because of the love I received from my fellow Lion members.
“So, I want to take this opportunity to thank all you Lions who are here today for the love you have shown Marti and I over the years.”
Penn praised the Englewood Lions Club: “It is the mission of Lions International to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”
He continued, “The Englewood Lions Club has a 90-year history and is known for providing free milk for schoolchildren during the Depression, building the first pubic pool in Englewood in 1946, and in 1960 purchased and began operating a miniature train for children. The train is still operated by the city at Belleview Park.”
He related that eye examinations and glasses programs are among the key activities of the Englewood Lions. Lions also participate in the Lions KidSight program and have screened 400 children in Englewood schools in just the past two months.
“Leo Kuntz became a member of the Lions Club over 20 years ago,” Penn related. “He was instrumental in building the Putt Putt Golf course at the Lions camp. Under his leadership, we began the Lions golf tournament, mainly to raise money for the Lions camp and to support the campers.”
Kuntz has been receiving extensive medical treatments but was present for this award and very appreciative of the well-deserved recognition. He passed out copies of his book entitled, Make Your Own Breaks. He and his wife Marti now reside in Aurora.
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