Lion of the Year: David K. Helmold
The Lion of the Year award was posthumously awarded to Lion David K. Helmold in recognition of his outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism. Lion David continuously displayed the true spirit of Lionism and exemplified the motto, WE SERVE. He will be remembered as a great Lion and a true friend to all of us!
Knight of the Blind: June Valenti
Humanitarian service is the goal of all Lions. Our association was founded for the purpose of serving others, and in doing so, make the world a better place. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions of the world to dedicate themselves to helping the blind and sight impaired. Lions everywhere responded through thousands of projects to benefit those in need.
In 1993, the foundation recognized the need to establish a special commendation for outstanding service to our association and those “We Serve”. Designated as the foundation’s highest honor, this recognition symbolizes the attributes of generosity, compassion and concern for others and the high esteem in which Lion June is held by other Lions dedicated to humanitarian service.
Melvin Jones Fellow: Patti McSorley
Named for the founder of Lions Club International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is the foundation’s highest honor, recognition of a commitment to humanitarian service. Lion Patti is a member of the Mystic Lions Club. She recently received a plaque and label pin acknowledging her dedication to the foundation’s humanitarian goals.
Lion’s Club International is the world’s largest service club with more than 1.4 million members. As a charitable arm of the association, LCIF makes grants for the vital community and global projects that meet a wide range of humanitarian needs. The LCIF SightFirst program unites more than 42,000 Lions Clubs in a worldwide endeavor to eliminate preventable blindness.