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Geneva Lions Club awards Melvin Jones Fellowship

Jul 05, 2016 09:42AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The Geneva Lions Club, serving Geneva and St. Charles, Il, recognized John Martin with the club’s highest honor, a Melvin Jones Fellowship at the club’s 79th annual Installation and Awards Dinner Monday, June 27 at Mill Creek Golf Club. Established by Lions Club International in 1973, the fellowship is an honor granted to those who donate, or have donations made in their name, of $1,000 to the Lions Club International Foundation. Fellowships represent 75% of the foundation’s annual revenue. Since its founding in 1968 the Lions Club International Foundation has award over 12,000 grants totaling more than $900 million, in the Lions’ four key service goal areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts.

In addition, Martin and Thomas Rogers were recognized for 20 years of service as Geneva Lions. John Martin, Geneva Il., now retired, is a founding partner and former Principal with Huck Bouma PC. Tom Rogers, also of Geneva, Il., is Principal of Geneva Community High School.

To learn more about the Geneva Lions Club, their local service work, and the organizations they support through local fund-raising efforts, please visit or join them for lunch almost every Monday, 12pm at Aurelio’s Pizza in downtown Geneva. The full schedule of meetings and featured speakers is available on their website. Your first lunch is on the Lions Club!

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit