He’s been a Lions Club member for more than 50 years and rarely missed a meeting so when Paul Shane was diagnosed with leukemia, his club members came to him. And they didn’t come empty handed. About a dozen people crowded in his room at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center to present Shane, 77, with the 2017 Indiana Distinguished Lion of the Year Award.
A member of the Columbus Lions Club, Shane has held a number of offices including president, and has coordinated countless vision screenings at schools in Southern Indiana reaching about 400,000 youth. He has also completed about 10 eye mission trips to Mexico.
“You don’t have to ask Paul to volunteer, he just does,” said L. Bob Booher Jr., one of the members visiting Shane in his hospital room. “It’s not what he’s done, it’s who he is.”
In accepting the honor, Shane said: “My name may be on the plaque but this wasn’t just me. It was a team effort.” He credits his wife of 58 years, Myrna Shane, for helping with his volunteer efforts. The couple met in Sunday school at the age of five, lived three miles apart and began dating in high school. Together they have four children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
-- By T.J. Banes