Lion Bernie Bissonette made the invite – Asking Lion Bill to take a look
He visited and liked what he saw – It was good for the Lions this turn he took
He joined the Fridley Lions – And immediately became a force
Getting involved with the projects – Leading many of them, of course!!
First he became our Secretary – Keeping the records without fail
One month when things were slow – He fabricated the entire tale
Making up fictitious projects – But inserting real Lion names
Most of us thought it was funny – A couple members didn’t feel the same!!
We could count on Lion Bill – To get us off to the State Fair each year
Selling tickets on the Midway – And filling the booth with cheer
And when it came to the Assistance League – Our man Bill took the lead
No matter how early in the morning – He’d haul clothes if there was a need!!
Every member looked forward – When the frozen Blue Gills came in
To be passed out among the membership – On every face there was grin
And he loved to play his poker – With his Lion friends at night
One time things got topsy-turvey – Causing the boys a little fright!!
He took over as Gambling Manager – The club appreciated all he did
He was voted “Lion of the Year” – And not just once, heaven forbid
But three years total – Which is something to be quite proud of
Lion Bill took his service seriously – Like his fishing which he loves!!
He has many a story – With that big twinkle in his eye
Like the time he was pulling his boat – And saw it coming up on the side
The darn thing came unhitched – But it all worked out well
This is one of many tales – Our Blue Gill has lived to tell!!
There was the time on RushLake – When Bill and Craig, his son
Had finished up ice fishing – And Bill provided more fun
Craig looked back and saw it – As Bill went through the ice
Along with the four wheeler he was driving – He was backstroking to be precise!!
Although he’s slowed down a little – Having other things on his mind
We thought it right to recognize Lion Bill – Our friend who’s one of a kind
So Lion Bill we thank you – For being the great guy you are
A wonderful example of Lionism – You’ve truly raised the bar!!