The River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club presented four awards during the Dec. 2 annual Holiday Dinner at River Hills Country Club.
Two Lions – Judy Brown and Don Long – were honored with the Unsung Hero Award, presented to individuals whose volunteer efforts have made a difference to the club and community.
Brown has served on the board of the Clover Area Assistant Center for several years, including six years as chairwoman for the annual CAAC Gala that has generated thousands of dollars. She is active in River Hills Community Church, serving on several committees including fellowship, care and kindness and bereavement. She also has worked on the church Fall Bazaar and was involved for several years with the vacation Bible school.
Her volunteer efforts have also taken her abroad, on a mission trip sponsored by the Kenya Orphanage Project, where for several years she has helped raise money and materials for the children.
She also is past president of Philanthropic Education Organization, an organization assisting women in obtaining a college education.
Long, a Lion for 25 years, is long-time activist in civic and church affairs.
He helped write the Lake Wylie ordinance for a federal grant that paid for trees along Highway 49 known as Lake Wylie Gateway/Bike path. The beautification efforts included the Lake Wylie entrance signage near T-Bones on the Lake. He’s chairman for the Adopt-a-Highway 49 program and developed Lake Wylie Civic Association.
He is a member of Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce board and River Hills Community Association. And he is a watchdog for Carolina Water Service. He’s been president and a board member of the River Hills Country Club.
He has been a River Hills Community Church Board of Trustee and on the foresight committee, long range planning committee and helped oversee the contractors when the Life Center was built.
Melvin Jones fellows
Two Lions – Neet Rounds and Bob Daily – were presented with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship awards for donations of time and service.
Rounds, 2009 Lion of the Year, has been involved in the club’s internal and charitable activities since becoming a Lion in 2002.
She managed the CAAC food pantry for three years and was instrumental replacing the paper record system with a custom electronic system at no cost to CAAC. She ran the Lions 2008 Golf Tournament, was a donor and participant in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and has worked on the Health Screening Unit each year.
She served on the Lions Board of Directors, and in 2007, helped create the club’s constitution. She also sells Christmas trees on the Lions sales lot.
No one had ever won this award twice, until now.
Daily was presented the Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship, receiving a one-diamond yellow gold lapel pin. A diamond is added each time the recipient is presented the Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship.
He has devoted hundreds of hours to service work, including work on the annual River Hills telephone directory and the Christmas tree lot, involved in every aspect of the operation from purchasing the trees to overseeing lot set-up and sales.