RUSSELL, Ky. — Northeastern Kentucky Lions Clubs met recently for the Lions District 43-Y Convention.
Lions from clubs comprising 43-Y — Ashland, Ashland South, Flatwoods, Greenup, Raceland-Russell, Tollesboro, Vanceburg — met for fellowship on a Friday evening, followed by a business meeting and banquet the next day at the Ashland Elks. 43-Y District Governor Tim Hunt led the convention. Guest speaker was Lions International Director Connie Lecleir-Myer and her spouse, David Myer, from Mondovi, Wis. She spoke about the importance of leadership looking toward the future, and retention of members. Her theme surrounded the words integrity, accountability, teamwork and excellence. She pointed out that if members keep these words as their focus, Lions will continue to move forward during their second 100 years of service.
Lion Connie recognized the veterans and service providers with gold stars for their service. She also assisted District Governor Tim in the presentation of Presidential Awards for outstanding service to Sandra Ferrer (Flatwoods Club), Lion Steve Pederson (Tollesboro Club), Lion Verna Sharp (Flatwoods Club) and Lion Crystal Warren (Flatwoods Club). These awards are the fourth highest presented by and signed by International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal.
The local clubs were joined by Past District Governors from 43-Y Jim Archey (Greenup Club), Chuck Carlson (Global Leadership Team Leader, Florence) and Past International Director Tom Matney (Harrodsburg Club).
PDG Archey conducted the Memoriam Program, recognizing local Lions who have passed this year. Those remembered included Lewis Dunn (Ashland South Club), and Wilma Applegate and Roger Reed (Greenup Club). These three members represent almost a century of service to Lions in Boyd and Greenup counties. They carried the concept of “We Serve” forward with dedication to Lions everywhere.
Lions clubs welcome anyone who would like to serve their community, and meetings are open to all.