EVEN as the new nominations for peerages were being announced by Downing Street yesterday, Stonehaven Lions paid their own heartfelt tribute to one man’s 36 years of quiet service to his community.
But the presentation was anything but quiet. The skirl of pipes, courtesy of Grant Robbie of Newtonhill Pipe Band, heralded the arrival of fellow Lions marching up the street to an unsuspecting Hamish Anderson who was duly given – a ‘Melvin’.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship was established as Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service.
Hamish, pictured below second from right, served as Lions president from 1994 – 1995 and has participated in countless events and activities over the years.
And of course, Hamish has cooked hundreds of the famous Lions burgers…
Marking Hamish’s contribution over the decades, current Lions president Julie Lindeman said: ”After many years of service to the town and the club we were all very proud and honoured to be able to present Hamish with this special award.”