THE DURAND LIONS CLUB presented Betty Fuller with a plaque in honor of Leonard Krawczyk, with whom Betty opened the Iron Horse Pub on April 18, 1977. Leonard passed away in February of 2015, and the Lions presented the “Leader Dogs For the Blind Founder Tribute” plaque in his memory due to his extensive work with the local Lions Club and the Leader Dogs For the Blind organization. Lions Club members Charles Nutting, Don Schuur, and S.A. Dodge founded Leader Dogs For the Blind in 1939, and the organization’s headquarters are located in Rochester Hills. The three men are pictured on the tribute plaque.

Shown with Betty is Durand Lions Club President Lewis Deisler, who presented the plaque in front of Leonard’s Lions Club vest, which hangs in the lower level of the Iron Horse Pub. The plaque is now displayed upstairs behind the bar. The presentation was an emotional moment for Betty, who said she misses Leonard every day.

“When I brought this up to Betty, we both cried,” shared Deisler. “I have known Betty and Leonard for 40 years, and they became a part of my family. Leonard did so much for the community, and he was never afraid to stick his neck out. We all miss him, and I am glad we could honor him with this plaque.”

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

The Durand Lions Club Presented was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 by Karen Elford