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Story published: 06-26-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Wills recognized by Lions Club for 60 years of service

By: David Holloway

Freelance Writer

On June 13, 2013, the Johnson County Lions Club honored one of Mountain City’s own with the highest award that they give to an individual. The award given was the Melvin Jones Award and is in recognition of donations of $1,000 to Lions Clubs International Foundation. Lion Lewis Wills was the recipient of this award.

Wills joined the Lions Club on January 1, 1953 and is a charter member of the club. He has been President of the Johnson County Lions Club many times since the club was chartered on January 16, 1953. Wills was also awarded his 60-year pin. First Vice District Governor of District 12N, Ed Gibbons, presented these awards to Wills at the Johnson County Lions Club meeting place, Lois’ Café, 542 W Main St., Mountain City, TN. Gibbons has been a member of the Johnson City Lions Club since 1973, for 40 years. Gibbons was elected First Vice District Governor of District 12N at Tennessee Lions Club State Convention in Murfreesboro, TN on May 4, 2013. The 12N District consists of 44 Lions Clubs from Mountain City to Knoxville.

The Foundation uses these donations for five special programs such as area of greatest need, disaster, sight related activities, at risk youth programs and humanitarian needs. Lions Club is the world’s largest service club organization with 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members. Lions Clubs are known for their efforts to preserve sight and eradicate blindness, as well as their commitment to community service and helping youth. The Lions Club also buys glasses for those who can’t afford to do so.

The Lions Club built the pool in Mountain City and they put out flags on national holidays. To learn more about the Lions Club, go to www.lionsclubs.org for more info. The Johnson County Lions Club is currently looking for more members. They would welcome prospects to come to their meeting which is the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7pm at Lois’s Café.

Wills was born in the afternoon at home between Mountain City and Damascus in 1925. “You didn’t go to the hospital back then,” said Wills.

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