By Lion Nancy Czerwinski
On April 27, 2019 the Lions Club of Milford gathered at the Rookery North to celebrate the anniversary of their founding in 1946. Howard “Doc” Furniss had recently moved to Milford from Laurel where he had been a member of what was then one of the most active clubs on the Eastern Shore. He found that he missed the comradery and activity and decided to form a club in Milford.
At an April 14th meeting with a few of his friends and the current District Governor for the Eastern Shore Dr. Lee Radamaker, Zone Chair Sam Pierce of the Seaford club and Larry Slater from Chicago, Illinois who was Lions International Representative for the Eastern Shore it was decided to host an additional meeting on April 22nd with those present inviting additional friends.
The April 22nd meeting was a huge success, 24 paid charter members, assuring the club of the 25 members needed to charter. On April 29th, just 15 days after the original meeting, the charter was presented & closed with 35 members. W. Dean Kimmel served as charter president.
Our speaker this year was the Mayor of Milford, Lion Archie Campbell. He spoke about the changes taking place in the community. Recognition of those Lions who give above and beyond each year is an important part of the evening.
Receiving awards this year are:
Ralph Helm Fellowships – Pat Craig, Bill Walls, Rob Craig, and Jack Simon
James McCarty Fellowships – Bill Walls, Sonny Meck, Bev Reynolds, Judy Purcell and Bill Pilecki
Leader Dog Tribute Medallion – Bill Pilecki
Knight of the Blind – Grant Curtis
Melvin Jones Fellowship – Lloyd Webb
Lion of the Year – Nancy Czerwinski
Service to the community is the focus of Lions Club International. Recognized as the number one non-governmental organization in the world, 100% of the funds raised by Lions members are returned to the community annually. Currently the Milford Lions Club spends about $100,000 in the area each year. The Library, Carlisle Fire Company, Milford Memorial Hospital, Bay Health Sussex Campus, Scholarships, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Club, Milford School Athletics, KSI, Little League, Pop Warner Football, individuals in need of eyeglasses & hearing aids, crisis aid – food, utilities, rent, etc. are but a few of the places our funds go.