On May 14, at the Quality Inn and Suites, the Jamestown Lions Club celebrated its 90th anniversary. Present were guests from Carrington, Napoleon, Kulm, Fargo, Bismarck and Mandan. Also present were District Gov. Rob Lein and International Director Pat Vannett.
President Mitzi Hager welcomed those attending. District Gov.-elect Kathy Clemens did the introductions and led the group with the Lions Prayer. Dick Hall presented the club history.
Lein presented several awards including a 10-year chevron pin to Hager and the Lion Key Award to Dwaine Heinrich. The Key Award acknowledges the importance of effective recruitment in membership growth by recognizing the number of new members Lion has sponsored.
Lein also presented the club with the Centennial Service patch which recognize clubs that provided service last year in the areas of youth, hunger, environment and vision. The patch will be placed on the club's banner.
Guest speaker was Vannett, a member of the Mandan Lions who was elected to a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association's centennial International Convention held in Chicago in 2017. Vannett spoke about world obstacles such as blindness, with 253 million people blind or vision impaired; hunger, with 800 million people going to bed hungry each day; and by 2025, it is projected half of the world will be without clean water. But with obstacles are opportunities, Vannett said. She spoke of acts of kindness opportunities and how small acts can change someone so much. Vannett concluded by presenting Frank Fischer with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Harold Newman Arena. Prospective members and guests are welcome. For information on membership, contact Randy Lebahn, 320-1678.