CHAPMANVILLE — Members of the Lions Club of Logan honored their own on Friday, June 13, with their annual Officers Installation Dinner at the Logan Country Club.
Guest speaker Dave Allen spoke about his past in radio and his future endeavors as well as the topic of community.
Longtime Lion Glen Ables was installed as an officer to the civic club. If Ables seems familiar that is because for many years he was a West Virginia State Trooper. If he seemed a little different on Friday it was because he had ditched his trademark short pants which have become his trademark after leaving law enforcement for full length dress trousers for the dinner.
Ables said he would like to see the club focus on bringing in new members over the course of the next year as well as to continue to be a club where members can laugh and joke and have fun. Ables said he would like to see the club expand its fundraising with either more small projects or a major one, noting that more funds makes more projects possible.
“And we always want to have fun and good times at our meetings,” he said. “We want to see people leave with a smile.”
Ables also honored some younger club members with two Logan Lions Club Awards. This year’s winners for two Lions Club awards named after legendary past members. This year’s Ray Gore Award winner was Tom Aguirre and the winner of the Ralph Queen Award was Kathy Guy. Guy noted that Ray Gore was her uncle and that when he passed away she inherited some of his Lions Club pins, which she gave to visitors from the Man Lions Club.
The Lions also installed its two newest members — Susan Perry and Lisa Connor.
Longtime Lion and multiple past president Ken Nunley acted as master of ceremonies for the event which featured a delicious dinner and many door prizes.
Nunley discussed the recent Lions Club Flag Day noting the club handed out 500 flags this year.
“We get them for 24 cents apiece so it’s an inexpensive project that people seem to enjoy,” he said.
This year’s Lions Club of Logan officers are Glen Ables, president; Harold McMillan, first vice president; Roger Perry, second vice president; Kathy Guy, secretary; Tom Aguirre, treasurer; John Turner, Tail Twister, and Ken Frye, Lion Tamer.
This year’s Board of Directors is Jeremy Bannister; Linda Brennan; Anne McCormick; L. Mcglothen and Ken Nunley.
Nunley thanked sponsors Pepsi and Martha Thornhill and noted the Logan Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the Month at the Presbyterian Church on Stratton Street in Logan. The Man Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month at the Buffalo Creek Memorial Library. Those interested in the Lions Club and possibly becoming members are invited to attend.