Budleigh Lion receives highest honour

A long-time Lions Club member has been only the second person in Budleigh Salterton to be bestowed with the organisation’s highest international honour.

Alan Lowe, of Greenway Lane, was awarded ‘The Melvin Jones Fellowship’ - named after the Lions Clubs International Founder - for services to the community over quarter of a century.

Mr Lowe, 68, joined the club in 1986 and is the fourth longest-serving member of Budleigh Lions. He has served as the club’s welfare officer for 15 years.

And despite the club’s long history, he is only the second to be honoured with the fellowship after Geoff Paver. He was awarded a golden plaque with his name embossed which has pride of place in his home.

Eberhard J. Wirfs, chairperson of the Lions board of trustees told Alan: “Wear your Melvin Jones fellowship lapel pin with pride. It represents your dedication to humanitarian service to the highest degree.

“You should take pride in knowing you will impact on so many live, both in your immediate community as well as across the globe.

“Thank you for your continued dedication and support.”

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Mr Lowe said: “When I was told I was just dumfounded. It is such an honour.”

He added: “I was speechless. The other members had known for a few months but they didn’t let on. I really didn’t have a clue!”

He said his role was to deal with grant applications: “Others raise the money and I spend it on the community,” he explained.

“I was invited by a friend to join and I liked it so much I have been here ever since.”

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