The Lebanon Lions Club, a local organization committed to addressing vision issues both in the area and around the globe, honored several members at a recent luncheon held at the Hebron Banquet Hall. The awards recognized the significant contributions and exceptional service of Lions to the community.

The Dan Walter Memorial Award was presented to Lions Ed Lynch and Tim McShane, current secretary of the Lebanon Lions. The award is named in honor of local Lion Dan Walter, who banded together most of the county’s Lions Clubs in a joint Lebanon County Site Group with the goal of combating vision impairments in the Lebanon County area.

Another honoree, Lion Kevin Keith, was recognized with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF) Award for his dedicated humanitarian services. Keith has represented the Lebanon Lions Club on various boards, focusing on the Lions Club’s mission of providing eyeglasses, eye exams, and services to the less fortunate in the area.

The MJF Award, named after Lions Clubs International founder Melvin Jones, was presented by local District 14-D District Governor Dick Sware.

District 14-D District Governor Dick Sware (left) presented the Melvin Jones Fellow Award to Lion Kevin Keith. (Provided photo)
The Melvin Jones Fellow Award was presented to Lion Kevin Keith at a recent Lebanon Lions Club meeting. (Provided photo)

The Lebanon Lions Club, through its work, supports VisionCorps, a nonprofit aimed at empowering visually impaired individuals to achieve independence. Providing services across five counties, including Lebanon, VisionCorps offers tools, training, and employment opportunities to approximately 2,000 individuals. Its Lebanon services are offered at the Alley Center for the Blind (2550 Hanford Dr.).

Melvin Jones, the founding father of Lions International Clubs, created the organization over 100 years ago. His legacy continues to inspire millions of Lions worldwide to serve their communities.

The Lebanon Lions Club meets weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesdays at Hebron Hose Catering, located on East Walnut Street behind the Hebron Hose Fire Company. The club is open to introducing new members. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Rick Harpel at 717-507-7270 or for more information.

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