The 77th Annual Clinton Lions Club Installation Banquet was held Monday night, June 18 at Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church. A number of special awards were presented. A 50 years of distinguished service award was given to Street Richardson and a Melvin Jones Fellowship was given in memory of Jesse Lindsay.
“What is the Melvin Jones Fellowship?
That question is best answered in terms of individuals whose lives have been enriched by humanitarian projects. Projects made possible by donations to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) for the Melvin Jones Fellowship Program.
The fellowship, which was created in 1973, takes its name from the founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI), Melvin Jones. It is an honor-not an award. The fellowship was established as LCIF’s highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service.
Fellowship donations are largely responsible for successfully launching the Lions’ aggressive global attack on preventable and curable blindness-the LCIF SightFirst program, and combined with other unrestricted gifts, provide funding for constructing and equipping medical facilities. These projects are often designed to benefit disadvantaged and undeserved populations.
When you meet Melvin Jones Fellows, you will notice that they are greatly concerned about the needs of humanity. They are firmly committed to finding ways of improving the quality of life in their local communities and in the world community.
Thousands of lives have been dramatically touched by the good works that are funded with fellowship donations. The personal nature of the fellowship restricts it to individuals only. The honor cannot be given to any group or organization.
The Fellowship was accepted on Lindsay’s behalf by his son Michael Lindsay and his wife Hilda Lindsay.
The annual Lion of the Year was given to four members — Jerry Hatch, Roland Heath, Don Wilson and Street Richardson