Lions Clubs hold Zone din­ner-meet­ing

Record Observer - - News - By DAN TABLER

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Lions In­ter­na­tional will ob­serve its 100th an­niver­sary next year as the Cen­tre­ville Club will also be cel­e­brat­ing its 70th year of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

The lo­cal club was formed by the Queen­stown Lion clubs on April 22, 1947. The Queen­stown club is the old­est of four Lions clubs in Queen Anne’s County.

Dis­trict Gov­er­nor Ben Cas­sell, who is a mem­ber of Kent Is­land club, noted that “our motto for 100 years has been WE SERVE, and I am proud to say we have done just that over the past cen­tur y.”

The Zone din­ner-meet­ing was held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post home in Stevensville, where the Kent Is­land Lions meet twice a month. This club was also founded by the Queen­stown club 70 years ago.

Gov. Cas­sell handed out mem­ber­ship an­niver­sary awards to a num­ber of Lions, hold­ing the last to hand to Cen­tre­ville Lions Club past pres­i­dent Dan Tabler, who was the old­est present with 65 years ser­vice.

Cas­sell re­ported that he had at­tended the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion last June in Ja­pan where Bob Cor­lew of Mil­ton, Ten­nessee, was named Pres­i­dent.

He told the as­sem­bled Lions from all over the world that Lions In­ter­na­tional clubs have served some 200 mil­lion peo­ple who suf­fered dis­as­ters and other prob­lems. Lions col­lect mil­lions of eye­glasses an­nu­ally, give mil­lions of eye tests in schools (each year) and helped halt “river blindness” in two con­ti­nents.

Quot­ing Cor­lew again, Cas­sell said, “We have new moun­tains to climb; yet we have so much more to ac­com­plish to cel­e­brate our centennial.”

Cas­sell de­clared, “We must reach out to our young peo­ple in our dis­trict, while at the same time we must re­tain our older mem­bers. We must fig­ure out how to mar­ket our­selves,” adding that he was “proud to say we have 36 new mem­bers in the Dis­trict.” He em­pha­sized again, “Let us reach out to our young peo­ple.”

First Vice Dis­trict Gov­er­nor Jeff Deever, a mem­ber of Trappe club, said he was look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing the 100th centennial In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion in Chicago, Fri­day, June 30, as the in­com­ing Dis­trict Gov­er­nor.

Fi­nally Cas­sell said “I have 10 two-let­ter words I want you to re­peat after me. They are: “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Dis­trict Gov. Ben Cas­sell, center, presents Cen­tre­ville Lions Club past pres­i­dent Dan Tabler, left, with an award for 65 years of ser­vice. At right is cur­rent Pres­i­dent Brent Car­roll.

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