Lions honor district gov­er­nor

Record Observer - - News - By DAN TABLER

STEVENSVILLE — A large crowd was in at­ten­dance at a din­ner hon­or­ing Lions Club District 22-B District Gov. Ben Cas­sell and his wife Nanette on Feb. 25 at the Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Home in Stevensville.

The main speaker of the evening was Lions In­ter­na­tional Di­rec­tor Jerome Thomp­son, of Mo­lu­tan, Alabama, who was named to a two-year term as a di­rec­tor of Lions Club In­ter­na­tional at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 98th an­nual con­ven­tion in Hawaii in June 2015.

Boy Scout Troop 1631 of Kent Is­land pre­sented the col­ors, and Kent Is­land High School march­ing band played the Na­tional An­them to open the evening pro­gram.

Past Pres­i­dent of the Kent Is­land Lions Club John Lawrence acted as mas­ter of cer­e­monies and in­tro­duced Gov. Cas­sell, who is also a mem­ber of Kent Is­land club.

Cas­sell told the au­di­ence how much of an honor and priv­i­lege it had been to serve as district gov­er­nor this past year and ap­pre­ci­ated all the hospi­tal­ity shown him dur­ing the year as he vis­ited the clubs in his district.

The main speaker of the evening was in­tro­duced by an­other high-rank­ing Lions of­fi­cer, In­ter­na­tional Di­rec­tor Richard Liebno, who is from West­min­ster and has been a mem­ber of the Deer Park Lions Club since 1974.

Stress­ing the Lions In­ter­na­tional motto of “We Serve,” Thomp­son de­clared, “It is time we do more. The needs out there are so great. We must find dif­fer­ent ways to serve, and find more cre­ative ways to serve.”

Call­ing Lions In­ter­na­tional “the largest ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion in the the world,” Thomp­son added, “We are 1.4 mil­lion strong in over 47,000 clubs in over 200 coun­tries around the world.”

He urged as many mem­bers as pos­si­ble to at­tend the 100th an­niver­sary con­ven­tion to be held June 30–July 4 in Chicago.

One of the main projects of Lions In­ter­na­tional is vi­sion, in­clud­ing sup­ply­ing Leader Dogs for the Blind, and the 2017 Leader Dog din­ners in this district will be held on March 24 in Wil­lards, and on March 25 at the Ce­cil­ton fire­house in Ce­cil­ton, Ce­cil County. In Ce­cil­ton, the guest speaker will be Jeff Hawkins, along with his leader dog “Gra­cie.”

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