Special to The Ely Times
Lions from across Nevada attended the 2019 District 46 Convention held in Ely.
The event, hosted by the Ely Lions, brought about 75 Lions and guests to White Pine County. The attendees were treated to a martial arts demonstration by the SainDae Muay Thai academy, a cowboy poetry recital by Glenn Terry and a dinner cooked by Margarita’s and served by the Ely Learning Bridge Charter School student council.
The event also included the state finals of the Lions Student Speaker Contest—judged this year by Andy Bath, Rev. Rick Crampton, Judge Gary Fairman, Mayor Melody VanCamp and Holly Wilson—in which multiple scholarships are awarded.
The Lions also conducted a service honoring the lives of Lions who passed away in the previous year, including local Lion, Rom DiCianno.
Finally, the visiting Lions donated enough food to feed more than 215 children in the CACH program. President of the Ely Lions Stephen Bishop welcomed Lions dignitaries, including current District Governor Al Van Gordon and past International Director N. Alan Lundgren.
Lions International was founded in 1917, as an organization dedicated to the betterment of local communities and the world through service. The organization quickly expanded internationally and currently has 1.7 million members, spread across 46,000 individual clubs in 190 countries.
Notable members of the Lions, include President Jimmy Carter, aviator Amelia Earhart, polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd and Helen Keller.
The Ely Lions was founded in 1925 and is the second oldest club in Nevada. They meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
While Lions are most known for projects to improve eye sight, the local club also supports various other causes, including the Boys & Girls Club, Little League and the Children’s Art Festival.