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115 years of service as Lions members

“We Serve.”
That is mantra for the Lions Club and with in Screven County Sylvania Lions Club members can be seen working the concession stand at the high school football games, gathering eye glasses for the needy, and other service-oriented activities for the betterment of the community.
On Monday evening at the local club’s monthly meeting, three members whose service to the Lions Club totals 115 years were honored with Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards at R&D’s Seafood, Steaks And More.
The honored Lions were Jim Hope, Randall McBride and Ed Thompson.
The awards for the Melvin Jones Fellowship recognizes donations of $1,000 which the local club paid on behalf of the honorees. Lion Carol Schroeder spoke to the club about Hope, who she referred to as a “prankster.” Many in the room Monday night agreed with Schroeder’s assessment.
Hope became a member of the Lions Club in 1976 and later became a member of the Sylvania club in 1998 when Rev. Hope and his family moved to Screven County.
“Forty years is a long time to do anything,” said Schroeder of Hope’s commitment to the Lions Club.
Hope is a former club president, secretary, zone chairman, and chaplain.
“Jim is just a marvelous human being,” Schroeder said.
Lion Ed Hagan presented Thompson with his honor. Thompson has been a Lion since 1977.
Thompson is a devoted mentor to a mentee in the school a former Lion of the Year, member of United Way board, former American Red Cross blood drive director, and past Chamber of Commerce president.
Lion Larry Gordon presented McBride, who also joined the club in 1977. He too is a former Lion of the Year and has held multiple roles as a club officer.
McBride is quiet, but Gordon said he “comes in and does the job.”
McBride has worked at Torrington, then Timken, and now Koyo for 38 years and is a realtor with Eagle Properties.