The Aug. 2 meeting of the Ashland Evening Lions Club was called to order by 2nd VP PCC Lion Woody Conrad Jr., and he led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Walt Gilmore gave the invocation followed by the singing of the first verse of "America" and recognition of August birthdays and anniversaries by Lion Glen McClure.
Nan McClenaghan was the speaker. She is the president and CEO of the Goodwill Industries of Akron. Goodwill Industries has been a leader in workforce development programs in its five-county service area for 90 years. Goodwill's mission is to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. It serves over 9,000 individuals on an annual basis through the direct and indirect efforts of over 400 employees in its workforce development, retail (donated goods) operations, contract service and administrative areas. It has been the longest partner in their used eyeglasses donations. From 2008-2018, they have given the Club 42,708 pairs of eyeglasses for refurbishing for future mission trips. Last year, 2017-2018, they gave the Club 9,512 pairs of eyeglasses plus two hearing aids. PCC Lion Conrad presented McClenaghan a plaque for Goodwill Industries in appreciation of their distinguished service, loyalty and devotion over the past 10 years to the club's used eyeglasses collection program.
The club just lost a great Lion. Past District Governor Lion Ray Miller Sr. passed away at home on Tuesday morning, July 31. He was a Lion for over 50 years, and had 100 percent continued attendance for the past 50 years. He received the Senior Master Key Award for sponsoring at least 25 members.
A letter was read from Cloyd McNaull thanking the club for its donation toward the granite Coast Guard monument and bench at the county building.
The next highway clean-up along U.S. 250 East is Aug. 14.
The family picnic is Aug. 26, 2018 from 4 p.m to 8 p.m at Brookside West Pavilion No. 1
The next regular meeting is Sept. 6.
The benediction was give by Lion Walt Gilmore.