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Kelley wins Lions Club high honor

By: Jack Morris, Special to the Loomis News
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Loomis Lions Club recognized one of its most productive community service members recently.

Russ Kelley, of Loomis, received the club’s Melvin Jones Fellow award.

Club President Ron Jones created a small committee to determine three names for submission for voting. The voting was completed at the February meeting and Kelley won.

Over the years, the Loomis Lions Club has named five members for the prestigious award, which was created in memory of Lion’s founder Melvin Jones. Other winners are Jack Morris, Henry Schneider, Bud Nobili and Gerry Nash.

Lions Clubs recognize the Melvin Jones Fellow award as the highest honor a member may receive from the member’s peers. The winner receives a large plaque and their name is posted on a revolving electronic board at Lions Clubs International headquarters.

In making the award, the club donated $1,000 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation in Kelley’s name, which will be used to provide help to global areas suffering from disasters such as tsunamis, floods and earthquakes.

The funds provide instant aid at the moment and time when aid is most needed.  In the past, Lions International has provided assistance to victims of earthquakes in Haiti, the tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia, and the flooding in the lowlands of Pakistan.