Donations, awards given out at Lions’ meeting

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Ron Metcalfe, Lions’ district governor, and Ryan Hrechka, Lions’ president, received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award at this week's Moose Jaw Lions Club meeting.

Moose Jaw Lions Club to dissolve at the end of June

Eight people were honoured with prestigious awards at a recent Lions Club meeting.

“I think it’s important because these people have never had these awards and most of the other people in the club have had them in the past,” said Bob McKenty, a Moose Jaw Lion. “This is just a way of honouring these people.”

Ron Metcalfe, Lions’ district governor, and Ryan Hrechka, Lions’ president, received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Jones founded Lions International in 1917.

“The fellowships are the highest award from Lions International. Each award represents a $1,000 donation to LCIF (Lions Club International Foundation) for humanitarian needs around the world,” said McKenty.

The six recipients of the Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship Awards were Terry Lamb, Charles Corin, Helen Fox, Elle Church, Os Philips and Mo Olsen.

“Each award represents a $500 to the Lions’ foundation and it’s used to train dogs, seeing eye dogs for people across Canada,” said McKenty. “Judge Stevenson from Calgary, Alta. was the founding member of the foundation. The award is the highest award available in the foundation.”

The Lions also donated a total of $31,500 distributed across 14 charities. Some of those charities included Hunger in Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, Moose Jaw Transition House, Providence Place Foundation, Moose Jaw Humane Society, the Canadian Mental Health Association and a program to allow for Friday night swims for youth.

Donations to each charity were between $1,000 and $5,000.

“Each member was asked to pick a list of charities that they wanted to donate to and everybody submitted this,” said McKenty. “It was a club project.”

One of the main subjects at this week’s meeting was also the official announcement of the end of the Moose Jaw Lions Club.

“The Lions Club is going to cease as of the end of June. It’s because of a lack of membership. We’re all getting older and older. We were trying to recruit some new members, younger members,” said McKenty. “We have one year to rejuvenate it if we want or if we can. I think we’ll try and make an effort to do that.”

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Lions Club, Lions International, Lions Club International Foundation Elle Church Moose Jaw and District Food Bank Moose Jaw Transition House Providence Place Foundation Moose Jaw Humane Society Canadian Mental Health Association

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada, Calgary, Alta

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