Alton Lions Start the Year on a Positive Note

Alton Lions Club (CIO) has begun it’s new year on a positive note with the enrolment of two new members.

Karen Charman and Frances Parris joined the club at a socially distanced ceremony, held in Alton Public Gardens on Wednesday, August 5.

In welcoming the two women on board, Alton Lions President, Atul Patel, said they were both “very keen” and would become “a great asset to the club.”

At the same ceremony, club members took the opportunity to present the coveted Lions Clubs International Foundation ‘Melvin Jones Fellowship’ award to long-time supporter, Jerry Janes.

In making the presentation the Club President said that over many years Jerry has been a great supporter of Lions activities, most notably an excellent MC at the Alton 10 Road Race and the Downland Challenge – events run in co-ordination with Alton Runners.

He is also a highly persuasive auctioneer – skills which he has used at the Lions Rehab Golf Day and at Horse Race Night events.

In addition to Jerry’s support for Lions, he has used his talents to benefit the wider community of Alton.

In accepting the award, Jerry said he was “very surprised and deeply touched” to be recognised in this way,” adding: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue helping the Lions.”

Melvin Jones was the ‘Original Lion’ who started the movement over 100 years ago and the Fellowship Award was set up by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) as a legacy to him, in recognition of those who have contributed to humanity.

There are now over 1.4 million Lions around the world, stepping up to serve their communities and the relief efforts globally.

In Alton, as well as being part of the Alton & District Community Resilience Fund, Lions have just launched a Beirut Disaster Appeal, to support the work of LCIF In Lebanon. Lions are supporting those who have had their lives shattered by the chemical explosion that left hundreds dead and thousands injured, their homes and businesses reduced to rubble.

Alton Lions are due to collect at Sainsbury’s on Friday and Saturday (August 14/15 2020)

Jerry Janes receiving his LCIF Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from Alton Lions President, Atul Patel
After the ceremony, socially distanced on the steps of the town bandstand: Jerry Janes with his LCIF Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, with Alton Lions President, Atul Patel, new members Frances Parris (bottom left) and Karen Charman (bottom right) and Lions Annette Mill (back) and Sarah O’Donoghue (top right)