The Farmville Lions Club hosted the Lions District 24-I Serve from the Heart Fall Conference on Saturday, November 20 at Longwood University. The event attracted over 125 Lions from across Virginia, with a local Lion and a local business owner taking home awards.
Farmville Lion, Jennifer Kinne and JR Tharpe Trucking owner Tim Tharpe received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, which is the most prestigious award the Lions offer to members who have consistently been committed to their club by serving their community. According to the Lions Clubs International (LCIF) Foundation website, “… this is a tremendous contribution to humanity and to the legacy of our founder, Melvin Jones. “
During the event, Lions had the opportunity to donate to the Roc Solid Foundation ready-to-use bag drive. The Roc Solid Foundation is preparing “ready bags” for families who find out their child has cancer, as many of these children are admitted to start treatment immediately, according to their website. The bags help provide the items families need for daily living during these unforeseen hospital stays.
About 40 Lions participated with over 2,000 personal toiletries collected and $ 455 in donations. Members of the Technology Students Association (TSA) of the Virginia Beach Public School Division Advanced Technology Center counted and sorted all donated items.
The Lions also honored the winners of District 24-I of this year’s Peace Poster Contest. LCIF says, “Creating posters for peace gives children around the world the opportunity to express their vision of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Eight winners have been honored and one will continue in the state-level competition. Clara Nelson of Central Middle School won the Farmville Lion’s Club Peace Poster Contest with her Friendship Bracelet poster.