The late Robert Lutze, who was a long-time active member of the Hillman Area Lions Club and a past district governor of Lions, was inducted into the Lions of Michigan Foundation Hall of Fame on July 23, along with four other recipients from Lions clubs throughout the state.
The ceremony was held at the Causeway Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Lansing.
Lutze was a charter member of the Hillman club, which was chartered in 1980. He remained a member until his passing on Dec. 27, 2007.
Lutze was recognized for his leadership and service in the Lions organization and his service to his country, his church and his community. He was a progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
He was awarded Governor of Excellence during his governor's term in 1997-98. He also received the Humanitarian Award from the Lions of Michigan Foundation.
Among the 160 guests attending the ceremony were PDG Mitchell Smith and his wife, Lion Jackie, along with Lion Eleanor Lutze, wife of Lutze; Lion Shanna Johnson, daughter, and her husband, Marvin.
Also attending from Otisville were his brother, Jeff, a member of the Otisville Lions Club, and his sister, Barbara and her husband, Varian Traver.
Smith, president of the Hillman club, spoke of the many aspects of Lutze's service. Lutze's wife read a letter forwarded to her by the Gift of Life from a recipient who had received a tissue donation from him which helped this person. The person had fallen and broken an arm. After several surgeries, infection had set in and the arm did not heal. The tissue from Lutze started the healing process and the person then regained complete use of the arm.
Lions Clubs International Director Dr. Gary Anderson presented Eleanor Lutze with a medallion and a miniature pin as a memento of the occasion.
A replication of Lutze's face carved on an oak plaque will be displayed along with other recipients at the Lions of Michigan Foundation office in Lansing.
The Lions of Michigan Foundation is a non-profit organization whose motto is "Partners in Service." The organization helps Lions Clubs when sight or hearing needs are beyond the capabilities of the local Lions Club.