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Award came as a surprise

Lewis is charter member of Beaver Creek Lions Club

Lewis is charter member of Beaver Creek Lions Club

October 10, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

Ruth Lewis said she was enjoying the 14th annual charter night for the Beaver Creek Lions Club when suddenly she heard someone call out her name.

That's how she learned she had been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award in honor of her dedicated service to the club.

The award, in memory of the founder of Lions Clubs International, is the highest honor conferred by the organization.

"I was so surprised," Lewis said. "It was a total shock."

Lewis has been a member of the Beaver Creek Lions Club since its formation in the early 1990s.

"Jack Welch was a member of the Funkstown Lions Club and he was our guardian angel when the Beaver Creek Lions Club was started in 1991," Lewis said.

She became a charter member because she was impressed with the work her husband of 21 years, Gordon Lewis, was doing in his own Funkstown Lions Club.

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"I was new to Lions when I joined Beaver Creek but I wanted to belong," Lewis said.

She explained that she had never been a Lioness affiliated with a Lions Club as were some of her fellow charter members.

When District Governor Gary Fisher presented the award to Lewis at the dinner, he noted her charter membership as well as her active work on numerous committees.

For instance, Lewis has chaired the Salvation Army bell-ringing committee for a number of years.

"We present two $1,000 scholarships each year," Lewis said. "And we're getting things up to give to W House."

A native of Cumberland, Md., she relocated to Hagerstown in 1954. She has five children and her husband has one child.

Lewis retired in 1987 after 16 years with the Maryland State Income Tax office in Hagerstown, including five years as manager.

In addition to her Lions Club work, Lewis sews quilts at home for her church, St. Mark's Lutheran in Hagers-town.

The Beaver Creek Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesdays at Richardson's Restaurant on Dual Highway.

The club is involved in a number of community activities. In addition, the club sends a package each month to a soldier in Iraq.

Once a month, the club has a speaker who brings pertinent information to the members. Guests are welcome.

For more information about the club, call 301-797-3465.

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