LOWELL | John Piper, a five-year member of the Lowell Lions Club, received the Lion Of The Year Award at the club’s annual awards banquet attended by 26 members last month.
The award, presented by Club President Bill Rankin, is in appreciation and recognition of Outstanding Service, Loyalty and Devotion To Lionism.
New officers were installed and a new member, Bob Philpot, was inducted, becoming the third member sponsored recently by Piper.
Piper joined the club in November, 2008 and has attended monthly board meetings, dinner meetings and club functions. One of his noteworthy accomplishments was volunteering to bring the Mill Street Car Cruise back to Mill Street and publicizing it as a major Saturday night event in downtown Lowell.
"It has been very successful, thanks to John’s hard work and dedication," Rankin said. "He also was very instrumental in helping with the annual Turkey Shoot every November. John has participated in virtually every event and fundraiser since he joined."
Fundraisers have enabled the Lowell Lions Club to make numerous donations to local organizations, including a recent $300 stipend to the Lowell Public Library to enhance its collection for the visually impaired with the purchase of large print books.
The recent additions are located in fiction and mystery sections. The library and its Shelby and Schneider branches have approximately 1,549 large print books, a number donated by the club over the years.
The Lowell Lions Club continues to publicize the library’s ultra-magnifying Freedom machine with the widest magnification range available, via a 20” TV screen. The machine, donated by the club, helps patrons read printed materials, books, documents, magazines and newspapers, and has proven an excellent aid for writing tasks, said library staffers.
The public can help the Lowell Lions Club by donating unneeded and gently worn reading glasses and prescription eyewear in a special box located next to the library’s public access copier.
Lions International is the largest service organization in the world, with more than 1,300,000 members in more than 43,000 clubs in 200 countries. The Lowell Lions Club was chartered in April, 1938 with 33 family- and community-minded men from the Lowell area.