The Vermillion Lions Club met on Jan. 17 at the W.H. Over Museum. The night was highlighted by a visit from District Governor Joan Marlette of Redfield. Several guests were introduced during the meeting which had been designated "guest night." District Governor Marlette awarded the Proud Lion achievement of Marie An Ben, Sue Christensen, Jody Harnois, Clark Johnson, Roger Kugler, Robert Macy, Janet Mount, Charles Roegiers, Robert Scott and Berwyn Svoboda. This award is presented to first-year members who have completed a list of requirements. Three Melvin Jones plaques were awarded to Lions Vern Holter, Allen Johnson and Roy Jorgensen. These awards reflect fulfillment of the Lion motto: "We Serve." The Lions have contributed to the South Dakota Lions Foundation for eight Melvin Jones Fellowships this year. This contribution will ensure that 500 individuals throughout the world will receive sight assistance.
District Governor Marlette reflected on their achievements of the local Lions Club and congratulated them on a job well done. She cited Public Broadcasting, Meals on Wheels, the W.H.Over Museum, the Vermillion Senior Center, Christmas boxes, cases of individual need, and Special Olympics among the projects supported locally. She also congratulated the Lions for their community involvement and urged them to be proud as they continue these activities. Over 70 Lions and their guests were at the meeting. Following the club meeting, a zone meeting which included Lions from Elk Point, Alcester, Bone Homme, Yankton and Sioux Falls was conducted.