Monday, August 3, 2015

Metke named Jones Fellow

For her dedication to humanitarian service, Evelyn Metke recently was honoured as a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).
“When I found out, I was absolutely stunned,” said Metke, who was given a pin and plaque Dec. 21 at the Fort Frances Lions Club’s annual Christmas dinner.

“It’s a much greater honour than I felt I should have had,” she humbly noted.
“It was really great to be recognized, but I think there are other people who are much more deserving.”
Metke said she first became a Lion years ago after she offered to pick weeds from the walkway being built around the fountain at Lions Park on Second Street East.
“It was weedy and I said to the Danylchuks, ‘Could I go in there and weed? Would anybody mind if I cleaned that up?’
“And they said, ‘No. You could join the Lions Club and nobody would say anything,’” she chuckled.
As a Fort Frances Lion, as well as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Metke has been a non-stop volunteer. She has delivered “Meal on Wheels” since its inception here in 1960 and, after becoming a Lion, rallied fellow members to do the same.
During the holiday season, she can be found ringing the bells for the local Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign.
Metke also is a Lion in Arizona, where she stays for part of the year, and keeps up with the good deeds.
“Every Monday, a group of us assemble and we wash [eye]glasses that have been turned in,” she noted.
“They have four machines that read the prescription, and then we fasten that [prescription] onto the glasses and put them in containers,” she explained.
“They send out big boxes full of glasses and they’re all sorted,” Metke added.
“I can’t believe how many glasses we get.”
LCIF is able to continue and expand programs through the generous support of Fellows such as Metke, Wing-Kun Tam, chair of the LCIF board of trustees, wrote in a letter to Metke.
“You should take great pride in knowing you will impact so many lives, both in your immediate community as well as across the globe,” he added.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is named for Lions Club International founder Melvin Jones.
Metke’s name has been added to a listing of all individuals in the program. And if she ever visits Lions International headquarters, she is welcome to visit the LCIF room to see her name on the extensive list there.
“Wear your Melvin Jones fellowship pin with pride,” noted Tam.
“It represents your dedication to humanitarian service to the highest degree.”

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