“Judge Don Word represents the Word family at the Scottsboro Lions Club 80th anniversary celebration. His grandfather, Robert D. Word, was the founder and first President in 1938-39, and his father, Bob Word, was President in 1965-66. Bob Word is still an active member of the Scottsboro Lions. For many years he single handedly outsold the two organized broom and mop sales teams, and continues to conduct a clean sweep with many annual broom and mop sales. The Word family has been and continues to be the mainstay of the Scottsboro Lions since 1938 with 80 years of stellar service.”
Past Lions President Jim Boatner is awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship which recognizes donations of $1,000 and is the backbone of Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), providing 75 percent of the foundation's revenue. LCIF supports humanitarian service projects and grants in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives. It gives sight, supports youth, provides disaster relief, and combats global health issues.
Most senior Scottsboro Lion Jake Word has been a Scottsboro Lion since 1956 (63 years), served as President in 1963-64, and currently known as Mr. Pecan. Jonathan Brown is the youngest Lion. Jonathon designed the 80th Anniversary pin.
Scottsboro Mayor Robin Shelton presents a proclamation from the City of Scottsboro to Lions President Elna Matthews of the Scottsboro Lions Club on their 80th anniversary celebration from its founding on August 1, 1938
Past International Director Lowell Bonds presents Scottsboro Past President and current Scottsboro Lions Sight Chairman Dr. Bill Coleman with Lions International Leadership Medal (the 3rd highest recognition possible in Lions International) for his work in numerous Lions Sight efforts. Not only are local citizens served with eye exams and eye glasses (~60-70 annually), but extensive numbers of sorted eye glasses are provided for mission trips, eye screenings conducted in local schools, eye glasses for major charitable eye glasses sorting and classification for further distribution throughout the United States and the world, support for the Alabama Lions Sight organization/clinics, and many other eyesight related efforts. Scottsboro has become a major hub for providing eye glasses throughout the United States and beyond.
Former Scottsboro Lions President Ted Crona presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Brenda Cantrell of Unclaimed Baggage for their having provided over 600,000 pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses over the years to support Lions Sight plus wheelchairs and other medical devices. These eyeglasses and equipment have, in turn, been provided for countless mission trips; and to other charitable organizations throughout the world that are meeting the needs of countless numbers of people
Rick Roden, President and CEO of the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, presents a congratulatory plaque from the Chamber to Lions President Elna Matthews in celebration of their 80thanniversary”