Civic Notes: June 22

June 20, 2014 

Lions Club meets

At its charter night banquet at the Croisdaile Country Club, the Durham Lions Club presented both local and international level awards to club members as the club celebrated the completion of its 92nd year of service to the Durham community.

The Durham Lions Club Achievement Award, presented to the Lion whose service to the Club has exceeded what was asked or expected, was given to Kaaren Johanson who serves as chair of the Service and Public Awareness Committee. The Service Award, presented to the Lion whose history of service to the Community – with the Lions Club, with other community organizations, in business and in life – serves as an example to all, was awarded to two Lions Club members. Lion John Reaves was awarded the Service Award posthumously. Reaves, who passed away during the year, served as Treasurer and Website Manager. The second Service Award winner was Gene Lee, who has served as founder and chair of the annual R.L. Forrester Lions Club Golf Tournament, for the past 6 years. The Lion Cub of the Year, which is awarded to a new member who has played a significant role in the club was presented to incoming Lion Lindsey Scherich for her work creating the golf tournament flier and the club directory.

The Durham Lions Club annually names a new Melvin Jones Fellow. The fellowship is named for the Lions Club International founder, and recognizes dedication to humanitarian service to the highest degree. Doug Osborn was recognized by the club for his leadership role and his exceptional record of service on behalf of the Lions Club.

District Governor Sandy Scarlett, a member of the Durham Lions Club acted as emcee for the evening. Following the scheduled awards, she presented three members of the club with the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, signed by International President Barry Palmer. It is the 4th highest award presented in the Lions International Organization. She recognized Lion Hank Scherich for bringing her into the Lions Club and for serving as a mentor. She also recognized Past District Governor Bob Ward for his role as a model and mentor. The third Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Kaaren Johanson for embodying the Past International President’s theme of “Follow Your Dream”.

Tobaccoland Kiwanis meet

Janice Little, Director of Education and Public Education at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University, spoke at the Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club of Durham meeting June 16. Little's talk focused on five different program areas and horticultural classes for children and families. School children participate in educational programs at the gardens 9:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. during the school day. Little reported that 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the Gardens' 1939 dedication.

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