Lions Honored for Decades of Service

Harold Freeman, honored for 50 years of service by
Lions Club District Governor, Claudia Griffin

By Mark Ross

The Hope Lions Club held their last meeting of the 2019 on Monday, honoring four of their members for their years of service.  

Harold Freeman, 50 years of service, Bill Byrd, Jr., 45 years of service, J.W. Rowe, 35 years of service, and James Griffin, 35 years of service, were each presented a Milestone Chevron by Lions Club District Governor, Claudia Griffin, for their dedication and commitment to the Hope Lions Club. The Milestone Chevron attaches to the Lions Club International lapel pin and is presented to club members with 10 years or more of service.

Also presented to each recipient, was a letter from Lions Club International President, Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, congratulating them for their years as a Lion. “The Chevron Award is aptly named after the chevron symbol in reference to a badge or insignia, indicating rank or length of service. Years of commitment to providing many years of service as a member of our association is honorable and commendable. As you have touched the lives of many, from the smallest project to the largest undertaking, your years of service have made an impact in your community,” the letter stated. “Lions Clubs International recognizes the anniversaries of members like you, because they are a reminder of the milestones in our milestones. The ripple effect of your service has touched the lives of many, and given us the opportunity to celebrate, commemorate and continue to serve through diversity to make the world a better place.”

Hope Lions Club President, Nathan Gerth, is very appreciative of the years of service his fellow members have contributed, “This is just another example of the dedication our members have to the Hope Lions Club,” Gerth said.

The Hope Lions Club is the largest in Arkansas with 98 members and hold their regular weekly meetings every Monday at noon. If you are interested in becoming a member, you may contact any member of the Hope Lions Club.

Bill Byrd, Jr., James Griffin, Claudia Griffin, J.W. Rowe and Harold Freeman

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