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Dean Stenehjem honored as District Lion of the Year

The Columbian
Published: May 18, 2024, 5:58am

RIDGEFIELD — Longtime Ridgefield Lions member Dean Stenehjem was honored as one of the “Lions of the Year” at the recent regional convention in Longview. He was selected from clubs in District N10, which comprises most of Clark County.

Stenehjem has been a Lion for 41 years and has been a Ridgefield Lion since 1994. He served as president of Ridgefield Lions for five years and also served as president of Vancouver Lions, along with holding leadership posts including board member, membership chair, acting secretary and program chair at both clubs.

“This is a great honor and I’m humbled to be recognized like this,” Stenehjem said. “Lions is the type of organization that reflects my personal values. The organization lives out its motto: ‘We Serve.’ ”

Stenehjem was involved in education for sight-impaired students for 42 years across several states. His last 27 years of work were spent as superintendent of the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver.