TENNERTON — The Tennerton Lions Club welcomed District 29 I Governor John Mason for the 2020-2021 term at their Monday evening meeting.
Mason talked to the group about this year’s theme, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind,” explaining touching stories of why he became, and stayed, a Lion. He started out by saying he was interested in being a Lion when he was young, but he waited to be asked join. Once he joined and started becoming active, Mason stepped in as a Santa Clause for a Christmas event. He told of his work at giving a family a better Christmas after a hard year.
The second story Mason told was of a two-year-old who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He explained that the parents were constantly worried about their daughter. Once Mason and his fellow Lions held fundraisers and shared the story on social media, they raised enough money to get her a service dog to track and detect her blood sugar levels. The dog remarkably detected a stranger’s blood level at Walmart and the girl’s baby brother’s low blood sugar level.
“Now I ask you, what is that moment that you knew you wanted to be a Lion?” Mason asked. Lion Calvin McCutcheon shared his story about how he used his Lions Club connections to help save a girl’s eyesight. He explained that in 1974, he drove her from Webster Springs to a doctor in Beckley who was a fellow Lion to receive treatments.
During his visit, Mason gave out one of the International President’s pins to the oldest Lion in service, Lion Bob Heavner, who has belonged to three different clubs over the course of more than 50 years. Mason also presented several of his District Governor’s pins to President Nicholas Cutright, Secretary and Treasurer Frank Beckner, Lion Vickie Walton, whose uncle, Scott Neely, was International Director, and Lion Edith Casto. He also gave three more Lions State of West Virginia pins. In return, President Cutright presented Mason with a ribbon for his visit, made by Tennerton Lions.
President Cutright continued with the meeting by asking the club to reach out to specific Lions who have been quarantined and are likely feeling isolated.
For business, Beckner explained the finances and announced the upcoming events as follows: Meetings on September 14 and 28, October 12 and 26, and November 9, as well as Fall Conference on October 16 through 18, and the Pancake Meal on November 9.
Lion Anne Slaughter won the 50/50 drawing but donated it back to the club. Happy dollars included expecting a new baby, a negative COVID-19 test, doing well at a job and the success of a Lion family member’s restaurant, especially during the pandemic.
The meeting concluded with a Lion’s Roar and the next meeting is scheduled for September 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tennerton United Methodist Church.