De­voted Tony is the pride of Li­ons

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

JON MACPHER­SON

ACOMMUNITY stal­wart has been recog­nised for more than three decades of ser­vice.

Tony Clark­son, from Ac­cring­ton, has been a de­voted and prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Ac­cring­ton Li­ons group for 32 years and pre­vi­ously served as north west district gov­er­nor.

The grand­fa­ther-of- seven has now been re­warded by the in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion with their high­est hu­man­i­tar­ian award - the Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship.

Tony, 66, said he was ‘de­lighted’ to re­ceive the hon­our and said that the Li­ons has ‘be­come a way of life’ for both him and his fam­ily.

The for­mer am­bu­lance man played a key role in the Ac­cring­ton Car­ni­val and Christ­mas toy ap­peals while serv­ing with the Ac­cring­ton Li­ons, be­fore be­com­ing char­ter pres­i­dent of the newly for­mer Hyn­d­burn Cen­ten­nial Li­ons Club earlier this year.

Tony said he orig­i­nally joined the Li­ons in Au­gust 1985 to help a friend raise money for Chil­dren in Need and ‘never imag­ined’ that he would still be in­volved decades later.

He joked: “I think I’ve been com­mit­ted, or as my wife says, ‘you should be com­mit­ted’.

“At the time I joined the Li­ons I was an am­bu­lance man and did a lot with re­gard to the med­i­cal as­pect of Lion­ism.

“I have in­no­vated and brought things in that are rel­e­vant to the district and have al­ways wanted to sup­port the district and com­mu­nity.

“A lot of the so­cial life we’ve had is be­cause of the Li­ons and a lot of friends we’ve met is be­cause of Li­ons.

“It’s not just a char­ity, it’s a way of life, fun, fel­low­ship, no mat­ter where you go.”

Over the years Tony, who pre­vi­ously lived in Oswaldtwistle and ran his own med­i­cal sup­plies busi­ness in Church, has at­tended dozens of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and has made friends with Li­ons mem­bers across the world.

One of his fond­est mem­o­ries is be­ing in­ducted as the district gov­er­nor in 1997 in Phildel­phia by a supreme court judge.

He hopes to carry on serv­ing in the Li­ons for as long as he can.

He said: “There are many times when you get to a point and think ‘what the hell am I do­ing this for?’. When I re­ally get fed up I re­mem­ber that I’m here for the com­mu­nity.

“No mat­ter where we go in the world we can al­ways go to Li­ons meet­ings.”

Hyn­d­burn Cen­ten­nial Li­ons Club pres­i­dent Tony Clark­son with the Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship award in hon­our of his 32 years of ser­vice.

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