2016 Lion Of The Year
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Although Brad McCloud is not a Grand Junction native, the 2016 Lion of the Year was honored as an irreplaceable community member and transplant success story at the annual Grand Junction Lions Club luncheon on Tuesday.
McCloud was recognized for his extensive involvement in the service club and in the community as a whole.
Reford Theobold, 2014 Lion of the Year, introduced McCloud as “one of the most deserving and qualified recipients in memory.”
McCloud has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Club 20, Mind Springs Health and School District 51.
McCloud is also instrumental in bringing in new members to the club, said Ken Brownlee, Lions Club president.
“His enthusiasm, his passion for the community, for the club, for giving back and for making things happen make him an important part of this community,” Brownlee said. “It was an absolutely perfect choice and I couldn’t think of a more deserving guy.”
The Lions Club raises money for a variety of local nonprofits and other organizations. It was founded in 1921 and has raised more than $5 million, according to its website.
McCloud is a past president and current marketing chairman for the club. He has lived and worked in Grand Junction since graduating from Colorado Mesa University in 1997.
“There are some amazing, really deserving people who have had this award in the past and I’m more than humbled,” McCloud told attendees. “I hope I can truly deserve it some day.”
McCloud said the best part of being a Lions Club member was seeing how the club impacted the community.
“This club is made up of amazing individuals who want to do good work for their community, so being a part of it has always been really fun,” McCloud said. “To be a part of an organization that makes the Grand Valley a better place to live every day and will continue to do that for years to come, that’s what it’s all about.”