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Chesapeake Lion gets prestigious honor

CHESAPEAKE — This year’s Melvin Jones Fellowship award has gone to longtime area Lions Club member Max Brammer.

This is only the second time in the history of the Chesapeake, Proctorville, Rome Lions Club that one of its members has received the honor, which is deemed the highest and most prestigious of all awards of the International Lions Club Foundation.

The award is given in recognition of the member’s commitment to serving the world community and named for the founder of the Lions Club International.

Brammer joined the club in 1982 and for most of that time has been the Club Lion Tamer. His duties have revolved around reminding the membership of regular meetings, service projects and social functions.

He has also collected money at various fund-raising events such as the annual Track and Field Meet at Chesapeake High School and the annual November pancake breakfast.

“Max is one of a kind. His faithfulness and enthusiasm to club projects and services is amazing,” Lions Club President Herb Nida said.

The award was presented by Debbie Lloyd, the Lions District governor.

The Melvin Jones award is presented to the Lions Club member who exhibits the characteristics of love, patience, humility and compassion for others.

Local Lions Clubs donate $1,000 to the international organization in honor of the Melvin Jones award recipients.