CV Lyons recognize Clem
Chris Clem was recently the recipient of the highest awards honor from the Lions Club.
According to Marc Herring, president of the Cherokee Village Lions Club, Clem was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
The award is presented to outstanding individuals who embody humanitarian ideas consistent with the mission of the Lions.
“Melvin Jones was the founder of Lions International. Clem was presented the award for his community service and the creation of the Backpack Extravaganza. This was the 10th year and on average, 1,000 complete packs are given out each year. So with some quick math, that’s 10,000 backpacks given out and is a major accomplishment,” Herring said. “The event is also not only backpacks, but it is sight and health screenings, hair cuts, shoes and more.”
For years, the Cherokee Village Lions Club has participated in the event conducting sight screenings and have not only been able to aid children as a result, but have seen first hand the impact the event has when the community comes together.
“It was presented to him by our newly elected district governor Brad Baker, who is the CEO of Mid-South Eye Bank,” Herring said. “Another thing about this event, it’s not an event that raises money, it is
about community service, taking care of youth and it brings the community together. Ordinarily we only present this award within our own circles, but we found Chris’ parents are long standing members and he grew up in Lions.”
The mission of the Lions is to “empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”
Herring said the Cherokee Village Lions Club is looking to expand and seeking new members who share the vision and mission of the Lions.