Lions celebrate founder Melvin Jones

The five recipients of Melvin Jones Fellowships are, from left, Rodclif Thompson, Siri Jones-Russell, Reshma Ragoonath, Elesha Graham and Joel Walton.

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman were joined by members from the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, Rotary Central and guests at Grand Old House to celebrate Lions International founder Melvin Jones, who was born in 1879.

At the gathering, Lions recognized award recipients and induct two new members.

Special guest and Vice Area Leader of 1E Malcolm Kirwan brought greetings from the Lions Clubs International Foundation. He spoke of the Cayman clubs’ stalwart reputation throughout the districts, their support of Lions International and of the commitment to community projects undertaken each year for more than 45 years.

Melvin Jones Fellowship recipients were Lions Elesha Graham, Rodclif Thompson, Reshma Ragoonath, Siri Jones-Russell and guest A. Joel Walton. Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship recipients were Lions Linbern Eden, Malcolm Kirwan, Peter Wight and Robert Powell.

The Melvin Jones Fellows and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows awards are named for Lions Clubs International Founder Melvin Jones. The awards are “the highest form of recognition which exemplifies humanitarian ideals consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism and are awarded to persons in and outside Lions Clubs worldwide,” according to organizers.

“Today is to celebrate our founders’ birthday and to recognize all Melvin Jones Fellows,” said Lion John Ebanks LCIF Club Coordinator at the Jan. 26 ceremony. “It gives me great honor to recognize recipients of these prestigious awards. It signifies our continued commitment to LCIF and takes us one step further to becoming the model Club we aim to be.”

Following the awards, Lion Philip Barnes inducted Reshma Ragoonath and Shanna Bodden as new members of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Lions Community Centre. Anyone wishing to attend can reach out to a Lion for an invitation.