The local organization said the the Kodiak Lions Club returned yesterday from the Multiple District convention held in Anchorage. Around some 90 Lion's Clubs from Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territory and British Columbia attended.
“The accomplishments of our local humanitarian team won the ‘Club of the Year’ from the pool of 42 clubs in the lower half of Alaska,” the local organization said in a statement.
While the criteria for this award spans several categories, the Lions’ earthquake commemoration ceremony on March 27 put Kodiak over the top, Jerimiah “Doc” Myers, told the Mirror.
“We put up a monument. We had the international past president come in from New York and kind of certify the moment... We had the bells ringing from the Russian Church and the choir singing with the announcement of each name. It was a huge thing. And because of that event we were voted Club of the Year,” Jerimiah “Doc” Myers, past president of the club, told the Mirror.
Myers added that although the Lions Club locally does a number of projects every year for the community, the commemoration “put us on a higher shelf” in the eyes of the organization regionally.
But in general, the Lions Club sees itself as a step away from most other community philanthropies because of its penchant for raising community funds. “In the last 10 years the Kodiak Lions just from their Games of Chance program has donated $2.6 million back into the community,” Myers added. “And that bought all the football uniforms.”