Volunteers give millennium time piece a facelift
UTTOXETER Lions marked the year 2000 millennium by donating the clock which is installed on the front of the Town Hall in High Street.
With the centenary of the International Lions Club organisation taking place this year, local members decided to give the time piece a well deserved facelift to commemorate the occasion.
The work was carried out on Friday and now the clock looks clear and bright and sports the Lions Centennial logo.
Lions Clubs International was started back in 1917 by Chicago business man Melvin Jones and has grown to be the largest service club in the world with 1.4 million members.
He invited representatives from other men’s clubs in and around Chicago to a meeting to devise a suitable organisation; from this meeting Lions Clubs International was formed on 7th June 1917.
Jones eventually gave up his insurance agency to work full-time at Lions International Headquarters in Chicago.
There is a proud legacy of work all over the world to alleviate sight related problems, improve deaf awareness, famine and natural disaster relief and currently a strong support for the two headline medical issues, measles and diabetes.
That said, most Lions’ work is done through local clubs for their own communities.
It was appropriate to hold the hundredth International Convention in Chicago and thousands of Lions from all over the world descended on the Windy City including about 130 from the UK.
The picture shows Steve Shields, who has just finished his year as District Governor, the first Uttoxeter member to hold the office, with the statue of Melvin Jones outside the organisation’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Chicago.
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