At the Wheat Land Lions Club’s end of year celebration and awards night Saturday, Brian Ring was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest honor that a club can bestow upon its members. Additionally, new members Rob Rowe and Laura Rowe were inducted into the club.
Named for Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs who believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large, the Melvin Jones Fellowship recognizes members for their dedicated humanitarian services through the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).
Lions District 5-SW Governor Linda Vollmer cited Ring’s twelve-year membership in the Wheat Land Lions, his service in the community as training officer of the Onida Fire Department and president of the Onida Area Development Corporation, along with his service to the Wheat Land Lions as a club officer and his committee work as factors in nominating him for the honor.
Vollmer noted that Lions are the only service club permitted into China, an indication of the regard in which the organization is held throughout the world. Through LCIF, medications to prevent river blindness are delivered, and the drug prevention program Lions Quest developed. “You are becoming a Melvin Jones Fellow during a historical time for LCIF as we celebrate 50 years of supporting Lions’ humanitarian service worldwide.”
In inducting new members Rob Rowe and Laura Rowe, Vollmer invited sponsoring member Mike Owens to come forward to pin the Lions emblem on the new members. As candles symbolizing elements of Lionism were lit, the Rowe’s affirmed their commitment to abide by the Lions Code of Ethics, Lions International Purposes, attend meetings regularly, and contribute to the programs of the Wheat Land Lions and Lions Clubs International.