Two members of the SML Lions Club were inducted into the fellowship of Melvin Jones on Aug. 8.

The inductees are becoming Melvin Jones Fellows during a historical time for Lions Club International Foundation as the club celebrates 50 years of supporting Lion’s humanitarian service worldwide.

Lions International is embarking on a $300 million dollar capital fundraising campaign to both increase the impact the club makes in current focus areas and expand its service to include Lions’ new global causes.

Bill Ward honored with this award has been a Lion for 17 years. Ward joined Smith Mountain Lake Lions in 2002.

He has worked in many areas of SML Lions Club, including adopt a highway, lake cleanup, eyeglass recycling, hearing testing, scholarship trust fund, vision screening and veterans support among others.

Cindy Decker has been a Smith Mountain Lake Lion for 10 years, joining in 2009.

Decker has also worked in many areas of the Lions Club, including the canned food drive, hearing testing, holiday food baskets, eyeglass recycling, vision screening, mystery theater and serving on the scholarship trust fund board among other others.

Decker also won second place three years in a row in the State of Virginia for her Lions Club scrapbook.

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