Apalachin Lions recently presented ‘Robert J. Uplinger Award’ to Teresa Aveson for on-going support to the Apalachin Lions Special Olympics program for more than 25 years.
The Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award (often referred to as the “RJU Award”) is presented by a Lions Club or District to a Lion or non-Lion who has demonstrated a commitment to service over a period of time and embodies the ideals of the Lions motto “We Serve”.
This significant recognition is offered through donations to the New York State & Bermuda Lions Foundation, which provides matching grants to Lions Clubs in Multiple District 20 for projects that benefit their communities. The award includes an engraved plaque, lapel pin and letter of recognition. The RJU Award is named after Robert J. Uplinger, the first Lion from New York to be International President of Lions Clubs International.