LOGAN, W.Va. — It was a night to honor their own for their contributions to the service club that has made its mark on Logan County for more than 75 years on June 11, 2016 when the Lions Club of Logan held its annual awards banquet and Officers Induction ceremony at the Presbyterian Church on Stratton Street.
The awards ceremony started with Secretary Kathy Guy receiving the Ralph Queen Award for her service to the club.
Master of Ceremonies Jay Nunley began the swearing in of new officers with a joke about the most recent election.
“I am not happy with these results,” Nunley quipped, adding, “I will demand a recount of the election. This is bad news for John Turner… If that does not work, I want to file a lawsuit!”
The new officers were sworn in by longtime Lion Ken Nunley.
Incoming Lions President Susan Perry was honored by receiving the Ray Gore award, which was actually named for her own uncle, a well-known and respected Lion.
Her husband, Roger Perry and John Turner were honored for their efforts over the years at recruiting new members of the Lions Club. Longtime Lions treasurer Tom Aguirre was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award, which includes a lifetime membership card. The affable Aguirre who is normally friendly and talkative was stunned into silence by the honors.
Roger Perry, who has been the Lions president in the past himself, noted that while there have been other Lions clubs in West Virginia where there were two members who were presidents, that it was the first time in Logan County that the club had a husband and wife who had been president.
Jay Nunley also roasted outgoing Lions President Glen Ables, a retired state police officer who is known for wearing shorts year round — even in the dead of winter.
“A couple of people have asked what President Ables will be doing with his time now that he is leaving office,” Nunley quipped. “In fact, he is starting a new clothing line, including formal wear for men called ‘Ables Shorts.’”
Nunley became serious when he noted that the Lions Club of Logan is known for doing its part on projects both big and small — from helping thousands of people with vision problems over the course of the past 75 years, to helping other organizations such as the Southern Coalition for the Arts or The Aracoma Story Inc.
The evening’s festivities started out with a trio of tunes from the play, “The Wizard of Oz” presented by the Southern Coalition for the Arts. Musical Director Lisa Anderson introduced the singers who performed classic songs made famous from the film adaption of L. Frank Baum’s famed fantasy novel. Anderson is a music teacher at Chapmanville Middle School and a former music teacher from Man Middle School.
She said the play will be presented in Logan County on July 29, 30 and 31 as well as August 4, 6 and 7. Tickets will be $12 at the door or $10 in advance. The ARTS was presented with a check for $250 from the Lions Club which will be challenging the Kiwanis Club of Logan and the Rotary Club of Logan to match their donation.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.