Danville Lions Club hosts annual dinner

John Holstein For The Coal Valley News

October 29, 2013

The Danville Area Lions Club held its annual dinner at the Danville Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday October 22, 2013. District Governor Mandy Means from Lions District 29-0 was in attendance and relayed greetings from the Lions International.

Also in attendance was Chief Jeremy Thompson of the Danville Volunteer Fire Department, his wife Jenn and the newest addition to their family, baby Addison. Chief Thompson was presented with a donation to the department by the Danville Area Lions Club of two water-mist cooling fans, for use during fire fighter rehab after fires or large incidents when firefighters become overheated.

District Governor Means presented the following awards to Danville Area Lions Club Members:

A Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was presented to Lions Bob Dotson and Jimmy Kitchen for their individual efforts in assisting the Lions Club in humanitarian efforts. Lions Bob and Jimmy are staunch supporters of the Lions Club. Through their work, determination and tireless effort, Lions Bob and Jimmy exemplify an example of what it takes to be a great Lions Club Member.

Lions International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This Fellowship Award (LCIF) is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipient of this award becomes a model because of the exemplary service to his club and the community for which it serves.

The Leonard Jarrett Award was presented to the following Danville Area Lions Club Members by District Governor Means: Dana and John Holstein, Jimmy Riffe, Tony Sigmon, Sherri Whitt and Brenda Walker. Through their efforts, the Danville Area Lions Club was able to help many residents in the Boone County Area.

Lion Leonard Jarrett is recognized by the Lions of West Virginia as the founder of the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation. In 1984 the Foundation established the Leonard Jarrett Award as its highest honor. A donation of $1,000 by a Lions Club or an individual can bestow this award to a Lion, or other worthy person, that has served the sight or hearing needs of others. Contributions can be made over a five year period. Many people have been honored with this award.

During the dinner, District Governor Means installed four new members to the club. Tony & Diane Sigmon, and D.J. & Eva Warner. While all four of these individuals have just officially joined the Lions Club, we have relied upon them to assist us at different times with different events over the past several years. All four are already well on their way to become outstanding Lions! We look forward to many years of working with these new Lions to promote the Club and to help the community. In the Lions Club, We Serve!