Marshall Reed, left, and Dr. Millard Minor, center, received 2016 Directors Special Awards from Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Reg Trefethen, who expressed thanks on behalf of the Chamber during its Annual Chamber Banquet Meeting at Alderson Broaddus University.  Reed is President of the Junior Lions Club and Minor President of the Philippi Lions Club.

Trefethen stated that the members of the county’s Lions Clubs are the “backbones of their communities who provide an overwhelming number of free public services to Barbour County each year. Their motto is particularly apt: Where There’s A Need, There’s a Lion.”

The Junior Lions Club, said Trefethen, “conducts Spring and Fall road-cleaning, operates a food stand at the county fair, sponsors the Fair Queen, and supports untold youth, athletic, and band programs and scholarships, the public library, Shop-with-a-Cop, West Virginia flood relief, and Relay for Life.

“Last year, the Philippi Lions Club installed a bench in Philippi’s Blue & Gray Park, distributed free items at Broaddus Hospital where they maintain a memorial bench, distributed flags and flag etiquette in the schools, conducted free eye screening for several hundred school children, funded eye exams, and paid for new glasses.  They are known world-wide for their innovative medical equipment loan program” he said.

“Our county’s Lions each year collect and repair hundreds of used glasses for distribution in third-world countries. They staff Salvation Army kettles, conduct Easter Egg Hunts, and fund may service projects through fund-raising and sometimes with their own money, selling mops and brooms made by the blind.  The Lions support local, state, national, and international programs in service to the blind, deaf, and to those who have other human needs,” Trefethen said.