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David Lambert was been involved in administrative, personnel, and financial management for over five decades.  A twenty-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force, Mr. Lambert supervised the world’s largest fuel depot.  Later, elevated to Headquarters Command, he supervised 13 bases and 900 personnel.  Mr. Lambert earned degrees in Personnel and Finance from Arizona State University.  He served as Administrative Officer with the Arizona Department of Tourism and as Controller for the Governor’s Office, maintaining fiscal control over 100 grants-in-aid projects.  He also served as the Senior Vice-President for the Foundation for Senior Living.  Mr. Lambert founded his own accounting company, where he prepared all financial reports and assorted tax documents for 22 profit and non-profit corporations.  Additionally, he prepared approximately 350 personal income tax returns for his clients.

Dave was extremely active in community and political affairs, serving as both Precinct Committeeman and Deputy Registrar.  He was a Life Member of Lions International, where he served as District Governor and Multiple District Council Chairman.  Dave received multiple Melvin Jones Fellowships, the highest recognition given by the Lions Clubs International Foundation, honoring his lifetime of humanitarian service.  He was an active member of the Phoenix Metro Lions Club.  He was also active in the Phoenix City Club, Arizona State Business Alumni Association, Nursing Home Administrators Association, and Lions Foundation of Arizona.

Dave was a founding Board Member of Positive Network Alliance, Inc. and was committed to bringing hope to impoverished children.  He had a lifelong passion about providing Christmas toys to the poor.  PNA’s “Captain Dave’s Treasure Hunt” activity was named to honor Dave.



Nick Rodriguez was born in California, but spent his childhood and adult life in Arizona.  Nick’s first love of course was his family.  He also loved children and they, in turn, loved him.  His second love was the railroad.  He retired after 43 years and could name every whistle stop there ever was from Gallop, New Mexico to Needles, California and could tell you where every rail and every spike was placed or needed to be replaced.  It was like he was talking about his children; the love he showed.  A former railroad supervisor, Mr. Bootman said that “Nick was a railroader extraordinaire.”

Nick was an active member of the Phoenix Metro Lions Club.   If there was a project or program that needed help, he was ready to take part.  Although he received frequent recognition from the club for his participation, his proudest moment was when he was given and became a Melvin Jones Fellow.  He loved being a lion and told everyone he met about Lions.  Nick would introduce himself to people by saying, “We are Lions, you know.”

For fifteen years, Nick was one of the most active volunteers at the PNA Christmas events.  If there was a job that needed to be done, Nick was there, ready and able.  From cleaning and stocking to cooking and inspecting the rides, Nick was always eager and happy to help, making him one of our most valuable assets. But without a doubt, his greatest gift to all of us was his beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  Nick was one in a million and will be sincerely missed.