Lions Clubs hold Zone dinner-meeting
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.”
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.