January 21, 2022Past International Director William “Larry” Young died on January 12, 2022. He would have reached his 101st birthday on March 10. Founder and member of the Detroit Renaissance Lions Club since 1973, the late Past Director Young held many positions within the association, including club president, District International Relations Chairperson and District International Understanding & Cooperation Chairperson, and district governor. He was also chairman of Michigan's White Cane Committee and a member of the board of trustees for Welcome Home for the Blind. In 1997, Past Director Young was elected to the board of trustees of Leader Dogs for the Blind. He was instrumental in bringing the 2004 Lions International Convention to Detroit, Michigan, USA/Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was inducted into the Lions of Michigan Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2004, District 11 A1 established the PID Larry Young Leadership Award in his honor. Of all the events and projects he took part in, the annual club Cheesecake Sale was high on his list.For his unwavering service and dedication, the late Past Director Young received numerous awards including two 100% Club President Awards, a Master Key Award, four Presidential Medals, two Guiding Lion Awards, six Contributing Membership Bronze awards, a 40- and 45-Year Charter Monarch Chevron, the Ralph Lynam Silent Children's Award, the S.A. Dodge Distinguished Service Award (the highest Lions award given in the state of Michigan), the Michigan Outstanding Service Award, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association grants to its members. He was also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.In addition to his Lion activities, Past Director Young was a member of the Southeastern Michigan Health Directors and enjoyed a successful career as director of the Bureau of Food Sanitation. His energy and enthusiasm carried over throughout all facets of his life.