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Sanibel Captiva Lions Club presents Melvin Jones Fellowship Award

By Staff | May 4, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Captiva Lions Club Bert Jenks, left, presents Jeff McDonald with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award at the annual installation dinner on May 2 for his outstanding achievements.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club announced the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, one way the club recognizes the outstanding achievement of its members.

Jeff McDonald accepted the award at the annual installation dinner on May 2 at Casa Ybel Resort’s Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant.

“I am proud to present this award for the 95th time to a very worthy recipient,” Bert Jenks said. “In the three-and-a-half years Jeff has been a member, he has been active in almost all our activities.”

A Sanibel resident, McDonald serves as co-chair of the Arts and Crafts Fair and club secretary.

“I am honored to be recognized by my fellow Lions who have previously received this award,” he said. “We strive to make a difference everyday and our service is as diverse as our members.”

The Lions Club International was founded June 7, 1917, by Jones and his associates, originally named The Business Circle of Chicago, and took the name of Lions after a group invited them to join.

The club’s purpose was the betterment of their communities and world at large. It became international with a club in Windsor, Canada just three years after forming. Membership grew to 60,000 with 1,183 clubs in 10 years. Today, Lions Club International has more than 1.5 million members in more than 200 countries.

It was in 1925 that Lions made its commitment to the blind at the urging of Helen Keller. The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club continues that commitment through programs such as Recycle for Sight and supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs. In its 51 years of existence, the club has had 94 members selected for the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, of which 20 are still active members.

Anyone interested in becoming a Lion can contact membership chairman Lion Steve Schulz at stevenschulz@comcast.net or 239-233-6261. For more information, visit sanibelcaptivalions.org.