Cameron University celebrates Earth Day with tree donation from Lawton Northeast On-Line Branch Lions Club

Cameron University celebrated Earth Day with members of the Lawton Northeast On-Line Branch Lions Club, who donated an Eastern Redbud to the university. This marks the 11th consecutive year the group has donated a tree to Cameron. The tree was planted on the north side of Aggie Gym, joining the club’s previously donated Eastern Redbuds, which bring brilliant pops of color to the grounds each March.

Cameron University staff members John Osborne (back, left), Bob Hanefield (front, left) and Tiffany  Smith-Bussell (front, second from right) join members of the Lawton Northeast On-line Branch Lions Club for an Earth Day observance. On hand for the ceremony were (l to r) Gary Weise (in purple), Vivan Silverstrim, Allen Granger, Kris and Joe Wotring, Doug Rice and K.W. Hillis. The club donated an Eastern  Redbud to Cameron University, dedicating it to the memory of Sam Wotring, son of Joe and Kris Wotring. "This year’s donation of a tree is especially poignant,” says Allen Granger, club founder and past president. "We are dedicating this redbud to the memory of Sam Wotring, the son of member Joe Wotring and his wife, Kris. Sam passed away earlier this year. He always helped Joe select the tree for Cameron, so we find it fitting to dedicate this year’s donation to his memory.”  

“We are so appreciative of the annual tree donation from the Lawton Northeast On-Line Branch Lions Club,” says Albert Johnson Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “Each spring, the Aggie Gym is surrounded by the colorful redbuds.  We offer our condolences to the Wotring family on the loss of their son and thank them and the other club members for continuing this tradition.”

The members of the Lawton Northeast On-Line Branch Lions Club donated two Red Oaks to Cameron in 2009. Beginning in 2010, they have contributed Eastern Redbuds, which have been planted around Aggie Gym, bring brilliant color to the Cameron campus each spring.

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April 25, 2019