Lima — Mike Mullen’s life was often about children.
He remembered growing up in a large family with nine younger brothers and sisters. He enjoyed raising his own children in Lima. He was famous for broadcasting high school games on WIMA-AM radio for 31 years.
So it’s no big surprise now that he spends a lot of his time helping his children after his retirement, through his involvement with the Lima Exchange Club.
“I think I was always close to the kids,” Malen said. “I like kids and I like being around them.”
Mullen is one of the 12 winners of the local Jefferson Awards. Each received money to donate to their favorite purpose. Lima News will introduce each of them from now until the Streaming Awards appear on Thursday night, April 22nd.
The Exchange Club is committed to protecting and rewarding children. Mullen joined in 1982, is a five-time former president and a frequent board member.
“As soon as I joined the club, I realized that their mission to prevent child abuse was personally important to me,” Malen said. “If I’m going to join a service club, I think this is a good club to join. Their focus is on my passion for myself.”
The Exchange Club is an annual scholarship for students who tackle life’s physical, emotional, drug or family problems and are on their way to overcoming those situations and graduating from high school in time for college. We offer the Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award. plans. The group also awards the best youth of the year to those who have achieved top academic, athletic, and community services among youth.
“Everyone just steps into the plate,” said Norleen Parish, a fellow exchange club celebrating Murren’s leadership as club president. “If we need to do something for something that involves children and the elderly in the community, we do what we need …. We’ve done it, and Mike leads it all. To do.”
We also hold Christmas parties every year at local elementary schools.
“He has helped host a special Christmas party at one of Lima’s primary schools for the past 35 years,” Jack Somerville wrote in a Jefferson Award nomination letter. “… this includes making Christmas bags of hats, gloves and socks with small toys and eating treats and personal belongings for as many as 350 K-4 students a year.”
Murren is also active in his church, the Forest Park United Methodist Church, where he helped distribute food for eight years. He heads the Village Homeowners Association of the Riverwalk Condominium Association. He is currently a board member of Allen County Children’s Services and previously served as a board member of Crime Victim Service for eight years.
It is important for Malen to put his faith into action.
“I’ve always been a behind-the-scenes guy, and that’s fine for me. I’ve had a lot of bad publicity as a Lima radio guy for thirty years,” he said. “I’m not looking for a putt on my back. I strongly believe in the Christian principle of using the talent that God has given you as much as possible.”
Jefferson Awards: Passion for Children Motivates Malen
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