Lion PDG Norman Stradley
Lion Norman transferred into the Lions Club of Harlingen in 1998 and currently is serving as a Director and Chairman of the Sight Conservation Assistance Program. He has achieved perfect attendance since joining the Signal Mountain Lions Club, District 12-0, Tennessee in 1963.
He is Past President of three Lions Clubs: Signal Mountain Lions Club (TN) 1970-1971, Stillwater River Valley Lions Club (MN) 1978-1979 and Harlingen Dawnbreakers Lions Club (TX) 1996-1997.
He has served on two District Cabinets, 12-0 Tennessee and 5M-6 Minnesota. In 1982-83, he served 100% District Governor, District 5M-6. He currently is serving the Lions of District 2-A3 as Committee Chairperson of the White Cane Day (South) and Committee Chairperson on Retention (South).
At the Multiple District level he served Multiple 12 (TN) as chairman of the State Convention in 1974 and Vice-Chairman of the Multiple 5M (Minnesota, Manitoba, NW Ontario) Convention in 1984. He served as Vice Chairman of the Multiple District 5M Council of Governors in 1982-83. He was a member of the Multiple 5M Constitution and by-laws Committee 1984-1988.
He is a supporting member of Texas Lions Camp Century Club. He and his wife, Lion Peggy are sustaining members of the Texas Lions Foundation and members of the Texas Lions Camp Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Multiple 5M Past District Governors Association and the Past District Governors of Texas.
PDG Lion Norman has received two 100% Presidents Awards, three Extension Awards, International Presidents Commendation Award and a Key Award. He is a Life Member and a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Lion Norman is a graduate Ceramic Engineer from the Ohio State University and was employed by 3M Company, St. Paul, MN in 1950. He retired after 38 years of service with the company. He was an inventor (senior author of 7 U.S. patents) and published and presented several technical articles. He is a member of several professional and honorary societies including Emeritus Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and of the American Institute of Chemists.
Lion Norman served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was a navigator on a B-24 assigned to the 7th Bomb Group CBI.
After separation from three years active duty, he remained in the Reserves and retired as Major in the US Air Force.
The Stradleys are members of the First United Methodist Church of Harlingen where Lion Norman serves as Chairman of the Nurture Council, Vice Chairman of the Administrate Board, member of the Worship Council, and plays trumpet in the Celebration Brass Choir.
Lion Norman and partner in service, Lion Peggy have been married 58 years and reside in Park Place Estates in Harlingen. They have two children and two grandsons.