- Last Updated on 08:30 AM 11/14/12
- BY Special to the Gazette
Lion Addison Marable was honored again last week with a prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship by the South Boston Lions Club. Lion Marable is the senior member of the South Boston Lions Club. He was given a 50-year pin earlier this year.
A tireless Lion for over five decades of service, Marable is also a lay minister in the Presbyterian church, a retired businessman, former South Boston Commissioner of Revenue and has been a mentor to countless young people in the community as a volunteer athletic coach. He is currently the White Cane committee chair in the club as he has been for years.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is given to an honoree after a sizable donation is given to Lions Clubs International Foundation by the person or organization wishing to make the award. It is named after Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs in 1917. Jones was a humble businessman who felt that the talents of local business leaders could be put to better use than the usual civic clubs by devoting themselves to helping others. Hence the Lions motto: We Serve.
Lions Clubs are not civic clubs, they are the world’s largest--and leading--service organization, with 1.35 million Lions working in over 200 countries around the world. Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship program is the backbone of Lions Clubs International Foundation and provides 75 percent of the foundation’s revenue. Lions Clubs International Foundation resolved years ago to eliminate all preventable blindness in the world. Substantial progress has been made in this effort by distributing 148 million river blindness treatments around the world so far.
Lions are both local and global. Since 1968, LCIF has awarded more than $700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian community projects around the world. Together, the foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies, and aiding in long-term reconstruction.
As Superstorm Sandy was nearing landfall on the East Coast, Lions once again demonstrated their quick response in the time of need.
Lions Clubs International Foundation awarded a $100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing assistance.
Many Lions were already working with local food banks, police and fire departments and other local organizations.
In addition to the Major Catastrophe Grant, Lions Clubs International Foundation awarded $100,000 in emergency grants to Lions districts in North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. LCIF was able to award these funds from the disaster relief fund, thanks to Lions who generously donated knowing that in times of disaster there is an urgent and great need.
Lion Addison Marable’s Melvin Jones Fellowship is among those donations.