The Effort Lions Club, like most other clubs, has its own banner to use at its regular meetings, to take to District Lions conventions or other such gatherings.
Now, however, this small club, with a membership of seven, has a companion banner, a very special banner. That special banner signifies that all the club members have been honored as Melvin Jones Fellows.
Each Melvin Jones Fellow signifies a donation of $1,000 to the Lions International Foundation.
Formally presented to the club by Past District Governor Bob Argot, the banner bespeaks of many fund-raisers and much donated time. The Effort Club has the distinction of being the only club in Lions District 14U to have such a banner at this time.
The seven members have a stand at the annual West End Fair in Gilbert to raise money and also work at such locations as car shows.
"We work hard and have a good time," is the consensus of the members.
Among their local good works is collecting used eyeglasses, as well as providing eyeglasses and eye exams. The club's fund-raising efforts on the local level support presenting scholarships and offering great assistance to the Effort United Methodist Church's Supplemental Food Resource Center.
"The Effort club realizes how contributions to the Melvin Jones Fellowship program greatly benefit the humanitarian efforts of the Lions Clubs International Foundation in our own nation and around the world. The club has shown great leadership in this area," adds PDG Argot.