Lions Club honors members, installs officers for new year
By Brian Cordrey
The Delmar Lions Club honored members and installed new officers recently, before taking a summer break.
Elizabeth Adkins, Katherine Dukes and Mildred Riley were presented with the Ralph Helm Fellow Award for humanitarian service by the Delaware Lions Foundation. They have been members of the club for many years.
Service awards and pins were presented to several members. Dukes and Riley received awards for 25 years membership, Adkins and John McDonnell received awards for 15 years membership and Kevin Nielson received an award for five years membership.
Kathleen Persinger was installed as Lion Tamer and Dukes was installed as Tail Twister. Randy Persinger and Kevin Nielson will each serve two-year terms as directors. Kenny Ralph will serve as a director for one year. Douglas Niblett was installed as membership director. McDonnell will serve as third vice president, Tammy Hardin as second vice president and Jeanne Murphy as first vice president. Gary Riley was installed as treasurer for 2003-2004.
Bill Adkins will begin his 45th year as club secretary and McDonnell will serve as assistant secretary. Installed as the new president of club was Diana “Dee” McDonnell and Shawn Brittingham became immediate past president. Brittingham pinned Dee McDonnell with her Lions president’s pin.
One of McDonnell’s first duties as president was to present a gift of appreciation from the club to Doug Carey as he begins his new duties as vice district governor of District 22D (Delaware) Lions Clubs.
Bi-Staters’ Coffee Talk
Reminder: Melson United Methodist Church, Delmar, Md., will hold its ice cream social Saturday, June 28, 3 p.m. There will be oyster sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, peas and dumplings and homemade ice cream along with cake.
Deena Kenney, daughter of Dale and Jerita Kenney, earned a spot on the president’s list at Wesley College with a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester. Congratulations Deena, this is a great accomplishment for yourself and for your parents.
Five boys from Boy Scout Troop 174 participated in a 10-mile bicycle trip Saturday morning to work on their Cycling Merit Badge. The boys were L.J. Watts, Colby Watts, Will Griswold, Michael Parsons and Tyler Hill. The boys and their leaders traveled from the Scout House in State Street Park out Line Road to Pepperbox Road and then on to their Scoutmaster’s house near Trap Pond.
To earn this badge, the boys will have to take three trips of 10 miles, one of 25 miles, and finish up with a 50-mile trek that has to be completed in under eight hours. They will also have to learn about first aid, bicycle maintenance, and the rules of the road for cyclists.
There are about 10 boys in the troop working on this particular badge, with several more 10-milers planned, and the boys doing some research to determine where they want to go for the 25- and 50-milers.
The board of education presented David Burton Sr. with a special Delmar School District clock and a lifetime pass to all athletic events in honor of his retirement from the Delmar School District.
Congratulations to Scott Johnson in finishing first for males in a 5K run held at Winter Place on May 31.
Also congratulations to Alecia Ward in winning the eighth grade Memory Book Cover Contest and to Melanie Sonnier, the eighth-grade poetry contest winner.
Sixth grader Alexis Hurley was the winner of the Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest sponsored by the Sussex County Division of the American Lung Association. Congratulations Alexis.
Hannah Dewey served as the mistress of ceremonies at the state Youth/Leadership Advisory Forum on May 9. The forum was sponsored by the Department of Education and Famquest Inc.
We send our prayers and get-well wishes to Louise Ward, who underwent hip replacement surgery this past week. She will be recuperating in the Seaford Manor House. And also to Helen Spear, who is recuperating at home after hip replacement surgery on June 6
We wish the following people happy birthdays: Leslie Hudson Corbin and Jay Banks, June 23; Mathew Hearn, Vince Layfield and Cathy Morris Quay, June 24; Shirley Davis, June 25; Marsha Schuster and Kenny T. Weagly, June 26; Faye Joseph, JoAnn Collins, Will Fisher, Konner Lee Dykes and Molly Martin, June 28; Harold Mahoney, June 29.
Special birthday wishes from her family and friends to Margie Foskey on June 23.