The Rotary Club of Aurora created a scholarship endowment fund in 2013 to honor John M. Lies, a former club president.
Scholarships from the fund are intended to recognize local students who demonstrate a strong commitment of service to their community and a sincere resolve to become exemplary members of society.
John Lies was born in Aurora on June 8, 1946 and lived in Aurora his entire life.
He attended West Aurora High School, the University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University.
He married his wife Lynn in 1965. The couple has three children – Robert, Michael and Kathy.
Mr. Lies was the president of the Arnold Lies Company. He joined the family business in 1965 and worked at fully developing West Aurora Plaza.
He also was a community leader who served as a director of the First American Bank, Merchants National Bank, Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Easter Seals, Rush-Copley Foundation, Rush-Copley Medical Center (chairman from 2002 to 2007), Rush-Copley Medical Center-Chicago and the Aurora Country Club.
A dedicated Rotarian for thirty-seven years, Mr. Lies served as president of the club from 1987-1988.
As an aviation enthusiast, he became a private pilot and a multi-engine instructor.
Mr. Lies loved golf, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.