Lions honor district governor
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.”