Alpena Lions Club presents two Melvin Jones Awards

President Steve Murch, beginning his year as leader of the Alpena Lions Club, presided over last week’s club meeting. Significant events were the awarding of two Melvin Jones Awards and a presentation on the School Success Program by Dorothy Pintar.

PDG Beverly Bodem and Gary Stevens were the recipients of the Melvin Jones Award, which is the highest service award of Lions international. Both of these awards were presented by PDG Dave Zeller

Bodem is a past president of the club, a past district governor of District 11E2, and has been active in numerous club projects. One of her early projects was being area vice chair of Sight First II.

This program won first place in District 11E2 and also won state honors. She presently serves on the club’s board of directors. Her husband, Lion Dennis Bodem, pinned the Melvin Jones pin on her.

Stevens also is a past president of the club. In spite of a business life which includes much travel, Stevens has been an active and outstanding participant in various club campaigns, workbees and projects.

The program for the meeting on the School Success Partnership was presented by Pintar, the program’s coordinator. School Success is a prevention program that identifies students who are showing early signs of difficulty in school and other settings.

About absent students, Pintar noted that staff goes and finds them. Students in difficulty are recommended by teachers, parents, community agencies and School Success workers. Family involvement in the School Success Program is very much encouraged, she said, but it is voluntary, except in cases of truancy.

School Success is a program of the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency. It began in Alpena schools. Recently, with state encouragement, the services have been expanded to include other near-by school districts in four counties. Parents are urged to participate with the children.

Discussion with the Lions followed. Assisting Pintar with her presentation was Julie Myers, assistant coordinator. Program chair for the meeting was Vice President Tom Woizeschke.

Ken Dully is the newly-appointed chair of the Lion’s Red Cross Blood Drive. He announced the drive would be held this year on July 9 at First Presbyterian Church.