James Rada, Jr.
(12/29) When Vic Jagow arrived in Thurmont 50 years
ago, he knew he was moving to the country. He had moved from a western New York
city of 100,000 people to the small town of 1,600 in northern Frederick County.
Jagow was working for Moore Business Forms and had
taken a promotion to create a new department in the administration. He'd
visited the town a number of times, but was unsure how he would fit in.
"My superior said one good way to learn about the
community and people was to get involved and help," Jagow said.
At the time, he said the only civic organization in
town was the Lions Club.
"The Lions Club served as a Chamber of Commerce in a
way," Jagow said. "Most of the people who belonged either had a business in
town or worked in a business in town."
Even before Jagow became an official member of the
Lions Club, he was writing the club bulletin. Since then, he has served as the
club's secretary, president and zone chairman.
"It's been a most satisfactory experience or I wouldn't
have been with them as long as I have," Jagow said.
He is currently the longest-serving member in the club
and has seen a lot of the good the club has done for Thurmont.
"It served as a catalyst and sounding board for many of
the activities that needed to take place in town," Jagow said.
Some of the Lions Club local activities over the years
- Helping establish the Little League in town
- Rehabilitating the Thurmont trolley trail
- Helping clear the land for Community Park
- Building the scouting activity building.
Jagow said, "Lions members also helped organize the
medical center here in town. The town attracted young doctors out of medical
school and many of them are still here."
He said that because of the Lions Club civic
involvement, it has been used as a source of feedback to help Thurmont continue
to meet the needs of its residents. And Jagow continues to serve proudly as a
"He's not just a member, he's an active, supportive
member and has been all his time as a Lion," said Lions President Susan
Favorite. "That's an awesome statement on Vic's personality and dedication."
In honor of Jagow's service, the board of the Thurmont
Lions Club created the Victor Jagow Scholarship. It is a $1,000 four-year
renewable scholarship open to either traditional or non-traditional students.
The Thurmont Lions Club Scholarship Committee will develop the specifics for
the scholarship application process.