Shepherdstown Centennial Lions Club receives Outstanding Club Award
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Two years after its founding, the Shepherdstown Centennial Lions Club has received the most distinguished reward in its district for its service to its community. The club accepted its award from 2018-2019 District Governor Robert Bright on July 18, during its meeting at Rumsey Tavern.
According to Bright, the club earned the award within an unprecedented period of time since its formation.
“This is the fastest a new club has won this award,” Bright said, mentioning the club won over the 57 other clubs in its district, District 29 I. “In the past 10 years this is probably the youngest club that has received the Lions Club of the year award.”
According to 2001-2002 District Governor Glenn Ryburn, he believes the Shepherdstown Centennial Club is the only club in the Eastern Panhandle to have received the award.
“I don’t think anyone else in the Eastern Panhandle has gotten this award,” Ryburn said. “You have to do all these things you have to report them, to be considered for the award.”
The club, which currently has 27 members and is looking for more, also maintained its membership well from its first to second year, according to Bright.
“In your first year, you had 19 members and retained all but two in your second year,” Bright said. “I hope to see continued growth from this club, with an increase of service activities to the local community.”
Shepherdstown Centennial Lions Club President Mike Sholl agreed with Bright, and said he is proud of the club for its hard work.
“We did it, guys! When we started a couple of years ago, we had the goal of turning peoples’ heads. And I think this shows we’ve accomplished that,” Sholl said. “I’m proud that we’ve come this far and been able to accomplish so much in the two years since we’ve been a club.”
Sholl thanked the Blue Moon Cafe, Jefferson Security Bank and the community for the help they have given to the club, which helped make the club’s community service efforts a success.
“I hope we do more. We established the bar, and would like to exceed the bar. With each event we do and repeat, I hope it gets bigger each year,” Sholl said. “We have a passion for community service. Our motto is, ‘Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion,’ so we’re going to continue helping everybody out.”
As Bright presented the plaque, he read off 16 of the top reasons why the club was chosen for the award, ranging from the club’s annual car show at Shepherd University, which raised money to purchase a diabetes service dog for a Berkeley Springs child, to coordinating and participating in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this spring.
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