Outgoing Colonial Lions Club president Jerry O’Neil is honored as Lion of the Year by last year’s winner and Lions Club secretary John Bailey during Monday’s meeting. | Robert Hudson
Outgoing Colonial Lions Club president Jerry O’Neil is honored as Lion of the Year by last year’s winner and Lions Club secretary John Bailey during Monday’s meeting. | Robert Hudson

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Colonial Lions Club names Lion of Year

Published 1:56pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Colonial Lions Club honored Jerry O’Neil as the person who truly represents what it means to be a Lions Club member.

O’Neil, who served as the club’s president for 2012-2013, was named the Colonial Lions Club Lion of the Year during the club’s meeting Monday.

John Bailey, secretary of the Colonial Lions Club and last year’s Lion of the Year, said the award goes to the club member who stands above the rest.

“The Lion of the Year is the individual Lion who has exemplified himself above the other Lions as far as what he has done for the club during the year,” Bailey said. “He has done an outstanding job with any tasks he has been asked to undertake. That is why we give the Lion of the Year Award. We try to recognize that person for his leadership and service to the club.”

O’Neil said it is a great feeling to be honored by his fellow Lions Club members.

“It’s an overwhelming feeling. I was not sure we were going to have a Lion of the Year this year because we didn’t think we had someone that really stood out,” O’Neil said. “For me to get this honor, it’s overwhelming. It really is.”

O’Neil said he is glad to have served the club, and the community, during this past year as the club’s president.

“It has meant a lot to me being leader of the club. We have three or four good fund raisers every year ­– our golf tournament in April and we raffle off Alabama and Auburn tickets in the fall,” O’Neil said. “It’s a great thing because all the money we raise goes back to the community and local charities here.”

During Monday’s meeting, the club also named its new officers for 2013-2014.

Mabry Cook will serve as the club’s president, Jeff Smith will serve as first vice president, O’Neil will serve as past president, Bailey will serve as secretary, Doug Hamrick will serve as treasurer, Reggie Dean will serve as Lion Tamer, and Skipper Worthy will serve as membership chairman.

Billy Templin will serve as second vice president, Tail Twister, and safety officer.

 

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