At the Wheat Land Lions Club’s end of year celebration and awards night, Clayton Buhler and Greg Lorenz were awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest honor that a club can bestow upon its members. Additionally, new members Orion Thompson and Andy Schmahl 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).
In presenting the awards, club president Brian Ring cited Clayton’s 36+ years of membership in the Wheat Land Lions and the projects he has worked on, his service and leadership in the community, and gave a brief biography of Clayton, listing his wife Marvel, his four children and thirteen grandchildren. A member since 1997, Greg was recognized for his role as a community servant and his leadership in the field of agriculture. His service to the Wheat Land Lions as a club officer and his committee work were also praised. Greg’s bio revealed that he and his wife Diane are the parents of three and grandparents to five.
Lions District 5-SW representatives Neil and Linda Volmer were on hand for the installation and awards program. The Vollmers related the history of the award and on the 50th anniversary of the Rapid City flood, related that it was toward that disaster that the first distribution from the Lions Club International Foundation was made.
In inducting new members Rob Rowe and Laura Rowe, Linda Vollmer invited sponsoring member Mike Owens to come forward to pin the Lions emblem on Orion Thompson; Thompson then pinned his recruit, Andy Schmahl. The new members 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.