Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 18, 2014

Local Lions Club turns 80

Cordele — On Monday, February 10, 2014 the Cordele Lions Cub held an Anniversary Awards Banquet celebrating 80 years of service. The club was charted February 13, 1934 by Lions club International and is part of what is considered the world’s largest civic club. The Lions Club organization has over 46, 000 clubs in over 208 countries all working under the motto “We Serve”. The Cordele Lions Club currently has 87 members serving in our community making donations and contributions to over 40 various local and state projects including sponsoring activities for our local schools, youth and non-profit organizations.

The club celebrated with a “Night at the Awards” held at the Cordele Lions Club with members and their partners in service present as well as Past International President Jim Irvin and his wife Sharon and District Governor Jim Walker and his wife Ginger. Also present as special guests of the club for the occasion were  Elizabeth King, Gabrella Dimery, and Gloria Dixon, whose spouses had served in the Cordele Lions Club for many years. Utilizing a black and silver “Awards” theme, Lions and their guest for the evening received a warm welcome on to the red carpet that led them to a Hollywood photo scene. Each lady then received a long stem rose. A formal dinner was catered by Cousins Catering of Americus and was followed by awards presentations, door prizes, and fun shenanigans including videos depicting many of the lions.

Forty-two lions receiving Chevron pins recognizing them for ten or more years of service. Bobby Stewart (14), Imogene Gilliam (13), Melody Godfrey (13), W.J. Patrick (13), Billy Hancock (12), Cliff Nipper (11), Eli Tinsley (10), Don Barnes (19), Ray Lunsford (15), Walt Cannon (21),  Al Shauf (27),  Herbert Hughes (32), Jimmy Black (31), Mike Browning (31), Jimmy Taylor (39), Moody Adkins (35), Russell Adams (35), Bub Denham (43), Bob Stewart (42), W. D. Dorough (49), George Cook (48), Curt Browning (50), Lawrence Tondee (56)

Not present for the evening but also having earned service chevrons was Lions Scott Forehand (10), Harold Reynolds (11), Gail Nesbitt (12), Wesley Rainey (12), Gladys Bishop (18), Bonnie Pullin (19), Charles Durham (20), Betty Johnson (22), Ray Rambo (26), Chris Sumner (28), Steve Rentrow (31), AJ Wright (36), Aubrey Alford (39), Bobby Davis (43), James Hurt(42), Al Mills (48), Jimmy Rainey (49), and Whit Forrester (65)

Lions Melody Godfrey, Johnny Dennis, and Charles Kerr received Membership Key Awards in recognition of having sponsored two or more Lions as new members of the club.

Special Appreciation Awards recognizing their commitment, dedication and support were presented by President Tammera Sears to fellow Lions. Receiving this special recognition was Don Barnes, Walt cannon, Lawrence Tondee, Melody Godfrey, Denise Silcox, Moody Adkins, Bub Denham, Curt Browning, and Herbert Hughes.

The night of awards concluded with the presentation of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. This award is named for the founder of Lions Club International and is the highest form of recognition. It honors a member that has been a model of exemplary service to the club and the community. The club makes a donation to Lions club International on behalf of this Lion and the lion is presented a plaque to commemorate the donation. On behalf of the Cordele Lions club, Jim Irvin presented this award to Ray Lunsford.

The Cordele Lions Club would like to thank the citizens of Cordele/ Crisp County for their continued support of the projects and fundraiser endeavors that the Cordele Lions Club sponsors each year. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Cordele Lions Club, please contact a member for more information.


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