The Lions Den


By Dick Andrews

The Milford Lions Club celebrated its 66th Charter Night, Saturday April 28th at the Carlisle Fire Company’s Grier Hall. It was a night of fellowship, good food, and entertainment. During the social hour we were entertained by the Steve Johnson, Bruce Jones and Friends.
After the opening ceremonies, 3rd VP Bill Walls introduced our special guest, District Governor Ken Chew and his wife Marie. He recognized our Club’s Past District Governor Ken Draper, Past Council of Chairs Grant Curtis, Life member Gale Grove, Privileged members Bill Bullock and Howard Sipple. He then introduced Mrs. Lida Wells, wife of Charter member Bill Wells.

After dinner, Region Chair Dave Clendaniel talked about Doc Furniss the founding member of the Milford Lions Club and gave a brief history of the first meetings and the six members that became District Governors. He displayed special Lions markers that will be placed at the graves of the four deceased District Governors.

King Lion Bob Clendaniel talked about the Ralph Helm, James McCarty and Knights of the Blind awards. He said that they are presented to Lions for their continuing service to the Milford Lions Club and their community. Lions Bill Walls and Joe Romansky received the Ralph Helm Bronze award. Receiving the Jim McCarty Bronze awards were Lions John DeRue and Grant Curtis, Lions Laurel Pastor and Nancy Czerwinski received the Silver and Lion Jack Simon received the Gold. Lions Dick Andrews, Roland Beebe and Ray Westrod received the Knights of the Blind award.

King Lion Bob then presented the Spence Willis Lion of the Year, which is presented to a Lion for outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism. The recipients name is also engraved on a special Milford Lions Club display plaque. This year’s Spence Willis Lion of the Year was presented to Lion John Jackson.

King Lion Bob spoke about the Melvin Jones Fellow, one of the highest honors a Lion can receive. This honor is presented to a Lions who continually show outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism. He spoke about the many accomplishments and responsibilities that the recipient has assumed as a Milford Lion. King Lion Bob presented the Melvin Jones Fellow award to Lion Bill Brereton and Progressive awards to Lions Gale Grove and Bill Eisenbrey.

King Lion Bob thanked the officers and members for their support during the past year. He said that the Milford Lions Club is the most active service organizations in the area, and that he was proud to be a part of the Milford Lions Club.