Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Marco Lions Celebrate Evening of Awards and Honors


Lion Club member Marion Nicolay presents district Governor Shirley LePage with a copy of the “Marco Island” by Austin Bell from the Images of America book series.

Lion Club member Marion Nicolay presents district Governor Shirley LePage with a copy of the “Marco Island” by Austin Bell from the Images of America book series.

At a recent meeting, the Marco Lions met to welcome district Governor Shirley LePage, Cabinet Secretary Karen Douglas and Zone Chairman Paula Schutter for an evening of awards and honors.

Several local members were noted for their service to the club, many over 30 or 40 years. Mike Nocifora was recognized as a new Lion who stepped up to the plate and volunteered for several jobs and accomplished them quietly without fanfare. The governor lauded this kind of approach and urged all of us to become passionate about helping to meet our mission of aiding the blind and visually handicapped, to which we have added assistance to those with hearing problems.

District Governor Shirley LePage shown with Zone Chairman Paul Schutter at a recent monthly meeting of the Marco Lions Club.

District Governor Shirley LePage shown with Zone Chairman Paul Schutter at a recent monthly meeting of the Marco Lions Club.

The club presented the governor with a new book from the Marco Historical Museum, writer by Curator Austin Bell and autographed by him as well.

Lion Club member Bob Sargeant, receives the Melvin Jones Award from district Governor Shirley LePage. Submitted Photos

Lion Club member Bob Sargeant, receives the Melvin Jones Award from district Governor Shirley LePage. Submitted Photos

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Melvin Jones Award to Robert Sargeant of Marco Island for his exemplary service to the Lions here and elsewhere. He has served for 57 years as a Lion and this is his second one of these prestigious awards, named for the founder of the Lions in 1917.

Give Generously on White Cane Day

On White Cane Day, numerous storefronts will be brightened by the yellow vests and caps of local Lions Club members making their annual plea for funds. The white cane is used by blind people to find their way when walking. Club members will be at WalMart on March 3 and on Marco Island March 10, asking for your support. Globally, the organization is the largest service club serving disadvantaged people worldwide. Please be generous when you see them at the doors of local businesses.

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