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Updated 06/23/05 09:59:42 AM   

April 25, 2005
Colleyville Lions Club Melvin Jones recipients and Lion of the Year

At its annual Steak and Beans banquet, the Colleyville Lions Club announced this year’s Melvin Jones recipients and the naming of the Lion of the Year. The event, held at the Colleyville home of Richard and Linda Newton, on Saturday evening April 23rd, was attended by 140 Lions Club members; spouses and guests attended 

Lions Club President Frank Carroll announced the recipients of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship were Don Noblit and Jon Niemczyk. Noblit was recognized for his leadership role in the Colleyville Lions Foundation, as well as his long-term service in a financial role for the club. Jon Niemczyk was recognized for his initiative in the “Recycle for Sight” effort that has resulted in more than 4,000 eyeglasses each year being made available for the needy. Melvin Jones was the founder of the Lions Club in 1917.
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On left, Lions Club President Frank Carroll (on left) presents the Melvin Jones Fellowship to Don Noblit. The other recipient was Jon Niemczyk above.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is recognition of a commitment to humanitarian work. (It is not an award in the tradition of Lions awards presented for specific accomplishments.) The fellowship is the foundation's highest honor and represents humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate.

Lions President Frank Carroll presents the Lion of the Year Award to Nelson Thibodeaux (on right).
Named “Lion of the Year” was Nelson Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux was recognized for his work as Chairman of the Lions Scholarship Committee that provides a number of $1,000 scholarships each year to local high school seniors, his Chairmanship of the Publicity Committee and for his role in organizing the first July 4th weekend event last year, now destined to become an annual event the weekend before July 4th in Colleyville.

The Colleyville Lions Club is 124 members strong and meets every Friday morning at 6:45 am in the Colleyville Center. The club’s annual community events include Breakfast with Santa in December each year, the Hole in One weekend in May each year, the X-Sightment Run, parade and community fun day the weekend before July 4th each year. More information is available on the Colleyville Lions web site

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