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Service has always been an important part of Gary Meredith’s life. He spent years being involved with youth league sports.
“God granted me a good life, so I’ve just been trying to pay it back little by little,” he said.
But he was still surprised when he won the Lion of the Year Award and the Melvin Jones Fellowship in the same year.
“It’s a great feeling of accomplishment,” said the current secretary of the Mount Washington Lions Club.
Once a year the club does a secret ballot to vote which Lion is deserving of the Lion of the Year Award.
This year the club voted in May and Meredith won.
Harold Smith, president of the local chapter, said, “Gary’s a pretty dedicated Lion.”
He said Meredith stepped up to take over the position as secretary after the last person resigned.
What’s funny, Smith said, was that only a couple of members were even aware that he already also been nominated for the Melvin Jones this year, which is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Lion.
The Lion’s Club is a service organization which is clubs in more than 200 countries in the world. It was established in 1917 by Melvin Jones.
Smith said the club doesn’t nominate an individual every year for the fellowship just when they see deserving people. He said the committee was unanimous in their decision to make Meredith a Melvin Jones fellow.
“It’s a way of recognizing people for their hard work,” he said.
He said it was kind of unusal for someone to win both awards in a year, but he still thought Meredith was deserving.
Meredith was given his two awards at the June awards banquet. His name will be added to the Lion’s International plaque in Chicago at the headquarters.
He said he’ll just continue with the service and work he is doing in the club, but it was nice to be recognized by his fellow Lions for his effort. He is the 11th local member to become a fellow.
“Without community impact, these people cant survive without help,” Meredith said referring to some of the needy the club supports.
Meredith has been a part of the MW Lions Club for eight years.
The club in Mount Washington is involved with numerous projects throughout the community including, “Scouting for Food,” Crusade for Children and Camp Crescendo.
The club meets every third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Bill Breedan Building at 810 North Bardstown Road.