Resident inducted into the Michigan Lions Club Hall of Fame
When Gary Babcock became a member of the Lions Club more than four decades ago, it was never for personal recognition or public gratitude. The Eversight board member just wanted to make a difference in his community and state.
In acknowledgement of his significant impact in the Lions Club organization, Babcock, who is a trustee and board member of the Napoleon United Methodist Church, was recently inducted into the Lions of Michigan Hall of Fame in Grand Rapids.
“Eversight, a global nonprofit network of eye banks, is incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with Gary and benefit from his leadership,” said Alison Claerhout Wright, Eversight director of philanthropy. “The passion he has to serve, along with the knowledge and experience he offers to our organization, is irreplaceable.”
Babcock is part of the Napoleon Lions Club and the current treasurer of the Eversight board of directors. He first linked up with the Lions in 1977 and has been awarded numerous Lions medals and fellowships, while holding leadership positions with the Michigan Lions and the Lions of Michigan Foundation.
“The reason the Lions have been such an important part of my life is because of the friendships I’ve acquired,” Babcock said. “And it’s been the opportunity to serve. I’ve wanted to give back to the place that has provided to me all these years.”
As much as Babcock has meant to the Lions, he has had just as large of an influence on Eversight, holding numerous positions of leadership in the past 15 years and helping Eversight become one of the largest providers of corneas for transplant and research in the world.
“The similarities between Eversight and the Lions is the need to serve,” Babcock said. “At Eversight, our mission is to provide the gift of sight, and that is one of the backbone projects of the Lions organization.”