Evening Lions are ‘2011 SERVICE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR’
Honor bestowed at Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, Feb. 1
Evening Lions President Bob DeVinney accepts The Service Organization of the Year Award,” from former POA president Bob Shoemaker surrounded by fellow Lions at the Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Feb. 1.
H.S.V. AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
3RD ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
February 1, 2011
HSV Evening Lions were recognized as HSV Service Organization of the Year 2011, following one of the club’s most action-packed years in its 39 years of community service.
In expressing appreciation for the award, Lion Bob DeVinney, Club President, said, “The Evening Lions Club’s purpose is Making a Difference, and it is rewarding to be recognized for the impact we are having on the local community.
A former longtime Property Owners Association president, Bob Shoemaker, present the award to DeVinney. Shoemaker said, “Evening Lions Club was the first service club in the Village and one of the largest in the state.”
“These Lions have a long and powerful tradition of ‘SERVING’ in the Village by initiating or sponsoring numerous community service projects.” Shoemaker noted that Evening Lions have raised more than $1,400,000, since 1972, for the blind and other charitable organizations, both locally and regionally.
He pointed out that Club members also contribute more than 4,000 hours annually in support of club projects, with member participation exceeding 80 percent.
However, Shoemaker said it was the club’s sponsorship and leadership of its signature special event, “Thanks to the Troops” as a community project, held last Nov. 9, that made Evening Lions “especially deserving of the Chamber’s ‘Organization of the Year Award’ for 2011.
Shoemaker described the event: “Two buses of active troops just returning from or going to Afghanistan/Iraq were warmly greeted by hundreds of Villagers as they arrived in the Village as guests to the ‘Thank to the Troops’ VIP Golf Outing sponsored by the Evening Lions.
“This project was a huge undertaking with 13 committees organized to carry out the multitude of tasks an activities. A lot of hard working people, a combination of Lions and Villagers, participated in making this one of the most successful and memorable events of this magnitude ever attempted by a volunteer club such the Evening Lions Club. It truly took a Village to pull off the ‘Thanks to the Troops’ project.”
DeVinney told fellow Lions and news media, “In a year filled with depressing news almost weekly, this glorious, emotional day allowed Village Residents to express their gratitude, appreciation and affection for America’s sons and daughters who are responding to the call of protecting our nation from some very bad people who are trying to harm us.
“On that special day, Nov. 9th, the patriotism of the Village shown like a bright beam of light on these wonderful brave military men and women. Every Evening Lion member and Village resident should have a sense of pride and accomplishment.”
Also nominated for the award were Greater Hot Springs Village Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village, and the FOCUS Group.