Thursday, December 30, 2004


by Ann L Young
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is recognition of a commitment to humanitarian work. (It is not an award in the tradition of Lions awards presented for specific accomplishments.) Created in 1973, the fellowship is named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones. The fellowship is the foundation's highest honor and represents humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate.
Houston County Lions Club member Mitchell Smithey received a Melvin Jones Fellowship., at the annual Christmas party held this year at Jen’s Steakhouse in Waverly. Smithey was presented the award by Lion George Alsobrooks, also one of the club’s Melvin Jones Fellows. When called upon to make a few comments, Mitchell was unable to speak, being overcome with emotion upon receiving this recognition from his fellow Lions. Mitchell Smithey has been a Lion for 22 years, a past president, and can always be counted on to be working at a Lions Club meeting or fund raising activity. You can see Mitchell at all home football games selling programs, running the annual October Classic Car Show, or helping at the upcoming Variety Show. As a hard working, truly dedicated Lions Club member, Mitchell Smithey certainly deserves all the recognition and thanks that he has received for his service to the Houston County community.