The Lions Club of Grand Cayman has been awarded the designation of being a 100 Percent Melvin Jones Fellowship Club.
The club embarked on the initiative to become a 100 Percent Melvin Jones Fellowship Club this year and celebrated the milestone with an awards dinner at the Wharf restaurant on Saturday, May 26.
A 100 Percent MJF banner is awarded to a Lions club when all club members are Melvin Jones Fellows. Members become Melvin Jones Fellows when they donate US$1,000 to the Lions Club International Foundation.
“It gives me great pride to have been part of this momentous occasion. Our efforts and donations will aid Lions International to continue making an impact in serving focus areas within communities in the areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and humanitarian needs,” said club coordinator Andrew Eden.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship award was established in 1973 by Lions Clubs International Foundation as a commitment by Lions to support the foundation. Lions Clubs worldwide recognize outstanding individuals by bestowing on them this award named after its founder, Melvin Jones.
“This is truly a historical achievement on the club’s behalf,” said Lion President Ian Yearwood. “I am humbly honoured saying today that this milestone no doubt signifies the essence of embracing ‘We serve, let us start by serving one,’ my theme as club president.”
Among the international and local delegates at the awards dinner were Lions International director and keynote speaker Nicolin Moore, Vice Area Leader Malcolm Kirwan, who brought greetings from the board of directors, and District Governor Sherwin Greenidge.
Premier Alden McLaughlin, in an address to the crowd reflected on his early involvement in the Leos and Lions Clubs, which he said had helped groom him into becoming the man he is today.
More than 40 individuals received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award and 11 received the Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship award. Mr. Eden also received the 2nd Century Ambassador award recognition from Lions International Foundation.
Honorary Lion Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsey-Hale talked about her involvement for several years in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and how honored she was to receive her Melvin Jones Fellowship award.
Stanley Scott, Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship president, was recognized for his efforts in taking on the Campaign Sight First II challenge in 1994 and raising US$51,000 from the club membership. He also provided the path for the 2018 initiative success which raised US$60,000 to aid with humanitarian needs.