Ramsey Lions Club honors deceased charter member

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.
 Ramsey Lions Club members were joined by Council Member Mark Kuzma and City Administrator Kurt Ulrich for a June 7 dedication ceremony of the bench that Kuzma and Ulrich are sitting on. This bench was constructed in memory of Gene Hinrichs, who was the last surviving charter member of the Lions Club before he died on June 11, 2016. Photo by Eric Hagen
Ramsey Lions Club members were joined by Council Member Mark Kuzma and City Administrator Kurt Ulrich for a June 7 dedication ceremony of the bench that Kuzma and Ulrich are sitting on. This bench was constructed in memory of Gene Hinrichs, who was the last surviving charter member of the Lions Club before he died on June 11, 2016. Photo by Eric Hagen

By placing a concrete bench next to the Central Park pavilion in Ramsey, the Ramsey Lions Club honored the memory of its last charter member who died one year ago.

Gene Hinrichs been one of the founding members of the Ramsey Lions Club and was involved 44 years up until his death at the age of 92 on June 11, 2016. He was the last surviving charter member.

Gene Hinrichs served for 44 years with the Ramsey Lions Club and was a charter member. His fellow Lions Club members were told that he never missed a meeting and was always present for the different activities.Submitted photo
Gene Hinrichs served for 44 years with the Ramsey Lions Club and was a charter member. His fellow Lions Club members were told that he never missed a meeting and was always present for the different activities. Submitted photo

On June 7, several members of the club were joined by Ramsey City Administrator Kurt Ulrich and Council Member Mark Kuzma in a dedication ceremony for the new bench. It was placed by the Central Park pavilion that the Lions Club built, said Dale McKusick.

McKusick and fellow Lions Club members Gordy Berger and Frank Frederick said Hinrichs never missed a meeting or an event.

“You could always count on him to be there,” Frederick said.

The Ramsey Lions Club has been involved in various community projects including packaging and handing out gift and food baskets at Christmas, collecting donated eyeglasses and donating to various causes including veterans programs, service dogs, scouting programs, family hardship situations, food shelves, scholarships and much more.

McKusick had been a new Ramsey Lions Club member when Hinrichs became ill and later passed away. But in their short time together Hinrichs left a great impression on him and McKusick said he wanted to have something in the community where Hinrichs name would forever be attached to.

“I took it on to do something special for him,” McKusick said.

Kuzma is glad to see the bench in such a prominent area of Central Park for people to see and use.

“They’re just awesome for the community,” Kuzma said.

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