Lakewood First Lions member Ed Kane was presented the coveted Melvin Jones Fellowship award at the club‚Äôs annual installation dinner. The Melvin Jones Fellow is the highest recognition that can be bestowed on an individual by the 1.3 million member Lions Club International Foundation, and is in honor of the organization‚Äôs founder, Melvin Jones. The plaque is presented “For Dedicated Humanitarian Services,” which is encompassed in the Lions’ motto, “We Serve.” The long-time Lakewood resident has been a portrait and commercial photographer and graphic designer in Pierce County area since 1976 when he retired from the U.S. Army out of Ft. Lewis.
Kane is serving the Lakewood club as the Public Relation Chairperson and 1st Tail Twister, a position that entails “promoting harmony, good fellowship and enthusiasm” at each meeting. He is also the public relations chair for the 6-zone, 57 club Lions District 19C and will now assume public relations and website (www.lionsnwlerc.org/) responsibilities for NWLERC (Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center). LERC volunteers collect used eyeglasses contributed at public locations, clean and analyze the lens power of each pair, and distribute them to missions throughout the world.