It was a time to honor the past, recognize service and look to the future for members of Grand Cayman’s Lions community on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Club members came together for fellowship, awards and to welcome new members at Joel Walton’s “The Plantation” in Lower Valley at a luncheon celebrating the birthday of the founder of Lions International, Melvin Jones.
Three Melvin Jones Fellowships were presented at the event. Cordella Chollette and Andrew Hulse of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman were recognized for their work in sight conservation during the Grand Cayman Lions Club’s annual sight screening program in September and October 2015. The third fellowship was presented to Jerrique Seymour, past president of the Leo Club of Grand Cayman, in recognition of his leadership.
Andrew Eden was pinned his ninth Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship. Grand Cayman Lion President Ewan Jacques commended the recipients for their dedication and selfless contribution to the Cayman Islands, describing Mr. Eden as “epitomizing a man of devotion and strong belief in service whose continued support of Lions Club International through the Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship program is exceptional.”
The occasion was marked by the induction of new members. The Lions Club of Grand Cayman inducted Gary Franklin, Michael Troop and Daniel Reid, a former Grand Cayman Leo, while the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens inducted Miriam Ebanks and Tonita Powell in a ceremony performed by Region 4 Chairman Elva Smith.
Reminding the newly inducted members of their responsibilities as members of the world’s largest service organization, Ms. Smith asked them to wear their pins and vests with pride. The new members were welcomed by their fellow Lions with the Lions Roar led by John Ebanks.
Deborah (Debbi) Ebanks – the district’s environment and climate change chairman – made a presentation highlighting the club’s Centennial Service Challenges targeting youth, vision, hunger and the environment. She urged those present to commit to the “3 R’s of reducing, reusing and recycling,” and adding a fourth challenge to replant.
Attendees were also encouraged to attend the club’s 2017 convention in Chicago which will mark the club’s 100th year.
Lunch was catered by Liberty’s Restaurant and bar service was provided by Brian Barnes Mobile Bartending Service.