Lions honour local businessman

2017-09-14 06:00
Freddie Erasmus, Lions first Vice District Governor (left) handed the prestige Melvin Jones Fellowship award to local businessman Paul Barnes. The Fellowship is granted to those who have delivered humanitarian services that encompass a wide range of services to people in need within the community in which the respective recipient resides. Photos:SUPPLIED

Freddie Erasmus, Lions first Vice District Governor (left) handed the prestige Melvin Jones Fellowship award to local businessman Paul Barnes. The Fellowship is granted to those who have delivered humanitarian services that encompass a wide range of services to people in need within the community in which the respective recipient resides. Photos:SUPPLIED

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The Uitenhage Lions Club had the honour of bestowing a Melvin Jones Fellowship award upon local businessman Paul Barnes.

Lions Club International was formed during 1917 by Melvin Jones, a businessman from Chicago. One of the major objectives in the granting of a Melvin Jones Fellowship is the provision of humanitarian services that encompasses a wide range of services to those in need within the community in which the recipient resides.

“The Uitenhage Lions Club had the honour of bestowing a Melvin Jones Fellowship award on Paul Barnes. He demonstrates all the aims and efforts of Lionism within the communities of Uitenhage and Despatch,” said Lion Freddie Erasmus, first Vice-District Governor.

These Fellowship awards are made to people who have done outstanding work for the less privileged, either as a Lion through their club or as a non-Lion in their community.

Barnes’ name will now be inscribed on the honour roll at the headquarters of the Lions Club International Foundation in the United States of America. His name will be among all the individuals, Lions and non-Lions, men and women living or deceased, who have shared and served humanitarian services.

“Included with the plaque bestowed upon Paul Barnes, is a Lion pin which he can wear daily as proof of being honoured with a Melvin Jones Fellowship. This is the highest award granted to an individual by the Lions,” said Lion President Hein de Vrey.

S Lions Club International Foundation is a public, non-profit corporation which channels large amounts of assistance to those in greatest need in areas such as major disaster and emergency relief, vocational assistance and humanitarian assistance. To date an amount in excess of $1 billion has been distributed worldwide. Just of late LCIF granted R10 000 in relief for the Knysna Disaster Relief fund to assist those who lost everything as a result of the major disaster that struck the area.

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