History 2000-2010 Part 1

 A New Millennium of Service

Lions of Georgia 2000-2010

Foreword: The purpose of this document is to tell the story of the History of the Lions Clubs in the state of Georgia during the first decade of the new millennium that is 2001 to 2010 with emphasis on the Lions who gave of their time, talents and treasures to build this organization of service. While I am not the State Historian, I have been involved with the publication of many History documents at the Lions of Georgia Web site. This document is intended to showcase the work and achievements of the many Lions Clubs members in the state of Georgia before they are totally forgotten from the face of history.
The tradition of keeping the history of Lions in Georgia was begun in 1964 with Eugene Sanders as the first State Historian. Percy Plant later served as State Historian followed by Olin Newby, Joyce Culberson, Scott Warren, Chip Nedza and currently Kathy Carlson. The format is this document is to recognize the Lions who served as International President and International Directors representing the state, followed by the Council of Governors, recipients of Ervin-Crumbley award, recipients of International recognitions and those who have been presented a Melvin Jones Fellowship. Overall this page of Georgia Lions history honors over one Thousand Lions. These stories of the hard work and dedication is a story that should be told. -Rick Mizell PDG
In the year 2000, the last year of the second millennium as expressed in the Christian calendar. The Lions of Georgia celebrated its first Georgia Lion to serve in the capacity as International President of the International Association of Lions Clubs. One of Lion Jim Ervin’s themes was “A New Millennium of Service.” The message was an invitation for Lions of the world to join together and rededicate themselves to the higher ideals of community service.
In the year 2000, Georgia Lionism reached 80 years of service. The structure of the State was divided into 6 sub districts labeled; 18-A North West Georgia, 18-B South East Georgia, 18-C South West Georgia, 18-D North East Georgia, 18-E West Central Georgia and 18-F East Central Georgia. It had been 44 years since the last major reorganization of the Multiple District. The first decade of the New Millennium was filled with change in the way Community Service was performed. The trend of the general population continued to move away from direct community involvement or support. The general membership of the Lions was aging and becoming less active. Many clubs adopted bold plans to reach out to the younger populations with the expansion of the Leo Program and development of other membership building programs. The Lions did more with less members and reached out to more needy people through the services of the two state supported programs, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, in addition to the direct services provided by the clubs. These include providing eye exams and eyeglasses along with various other services.
Other supported services includes, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic located in Athens, Georgia. Later renamed Learning Ally. This charity provides recorded materials for visually impaired individuals or people who have difficulty reading the printed word. During this decade the charity developed new technologies that allowed the recording of the material to move from recorded tapes to CD and the means of recording move from the recording studio to using personal computers at the recorders convenience. Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester, Michigan continued to be supported by the Lions of Georgia. LCIF or otherwise known as Lions Clubs International Foundation continued to be supported by the Lions of Georgia. Later in this article, a list of all Melvin Jones Fellows who were named along with progressive Melvin Jones Fellows in this decade. LCIF is the source of assistance throughout the world when catastrophes strike.
In this decade, the Lions of Georgia adopted the following; support of Southeast Guide Dogs located in Palmetto Florida, adoption of Diabetes Awareness as a community support program, form the Multiple District Leo organization and the Blind Lions of Georgia.
In early 2001, a small group of Colorado Lions visited a club in the Savannah area (Port City). During a discussion of services, the Colorado Lions mentioned a project called “Liberty Day.” It is a project where the Lions would present pocket sized copies of the US Constitution to Middle School Students on Constitution Day. A local Community leader would present a talk on the importance of knowing what the Constitution was and how it affects our lives. The club then contacted 18-B District Governor Chuck Shurtleff who then passed the information to the Council of Governors where is was adopted as a State Project.
During the campaign to Elect Jim Ervin President of Lions International, a All State Band was assembled, in this decade the band was expanded as a state project and extended to all Georgia Public Schools to allow aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform before the Lions of Georgia and the Lions of the world. Chairperson of this committee was Lion Lynn Infanger.

Serving the Lions of Georgia on the International Board were:

JIM ERVIN
PAST INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT 1999—2000

Jim Ervin, of Albany, Georgia, USA, served as president of The International Association of Lions Clubs following his election at the association’s 82nd International Convention, held in San Diego, California, USA, June 28-July 2, 1999.
A member of the Albany Lions Club since 1977, Past President Ervin has held many positions within the association, including club president, zone chairman, district governor and council chairman. He was an international director during 1992-94. Past President Ervin served as chairman of the Lions Clubs International Foundation during 2000-01 and presently serves on the SightFirst Advisory Committee. He is also a past director and trustee of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind.
Past President Ervin has received numerous awards in recognition of his service to the association, including an Extension Award, a Guiding Lion Award, two International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, nine International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lion activities, Past President Ervin is a member of several business, professional and fraternal organizations.
Past President Ervin lives with his wife Sharon Dillard and has four children and five grandchildren.

BUDDY OUZTS
PAST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR 2001—2003

Buddy Ouzts, of Winder, Georgia, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 84th International Convention, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, July 2-July 6, 2001.
Past Director Ouzts is mayor of Winder, Georgia, USA and is the owner and operator of an automobile dealership.
A charter member of the Winder Noon Lions Club since 1996 and a Lion for 25 years, Past Director Ouzts has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chair, region chair, council chair, vice district governor, district governor and Past District Governor Association president. He is also a member of the Winder Noon Lions Club board of directors. In addition, he served as board appointee from 1999 to 2000, director and trustee of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse, SightFirst chair, LCIF chair, Youth Exchange chair and on numerous Lions committees.
In recognition of his service to the association, Past Director Ouzts has received numerous awards including two Lion of the Year Awards, the 100% Zone Chairman Award, the 100% Region Chairman Award, a Lions Club Extension Award, a Leo Club Extension Award, the 100% District Youth Exchange Award, a District Governor Appreciation Award, four International President’s Awards, an International Leadership Award, two International Certificates of Appreciation, the 100% International Club President Award and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a member from the association. He is also a Lions Club International Life Member, a Canine Companion Life Member and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lion activities, Past Director Ouzts is active in numerous professional and community organizations. He serves as chair of the Barrow County Board of Health and of the Adult Learning Center, on the board of directors of the Winder-Barrow YMCA and the Winder-Barrow Boys & Girls Club, a member of the advisory board of the United Way and director of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce. He is also the recipient of the National Award for one of the 10 Top Automobile Dealers in the United States by Time Magazine and the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.
Past Director Ouzts and his wife, Carol, also a Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, have two daughters and five grandchildren.

DR. BEVERLY A. ROBERTS
PAST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR 2005—2007

Dr. Beverly A. Roberts of Hephzibah, Georgia, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 88th International Convention, held in Hong Kong, June 27-July 1, 2005.
Past Director Roberts is a retired dean of a technical college in Georgia.
A member of the Hephzibah Lions Club since 1990, Past Director Roberts has held many offices within the association, including club treasurer and secretary, region chair, zone chair, vice district governor, district governor and council chair. She was also the Multiple District 18 Leadership Chair for eight years. Additionally, she has served on the Forum Planning Committee and presented at five USA/Canada Forums, 14 regional institutes and was a group leader at the District Governor-elect School three times. She has also served as the director of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse and the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind.
In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards, including the 16 Year Perfect Attendance Award, 15 Member Key Award, 100% Club Secretary Award, 100% Club President Award, the club Lion of the Year Award, the District Governor Medal of Appreciation, the District Governor Excellence Award, three Georgia Lions Lighthouse Leadership Awards, six International Presidential Medals and four International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. Past Director Roberts is a life member of the North Carolina Foundation and the Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind. She is a member of the 18-F Hall of Fame and the Multiple District 18 Ten Million Dollar Club. She is a recipient of the Multiple District 18 Terry Calhoun Award. She has also received the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association grants its members, and is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to her Lions activities, Past Director Roberts is active in numerous professional and community organizations. She is registrar of the Augusta Chapter of DAR, president-elect for the Georgia Retired Educators and a member of Delta Pi Epsilon, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. She was previously president of the Richmond County Retired Educators and the South Augusta Exchange Club, grand marshal of the Order of Eastern Star and state chairperson of the Georgia Retired Educators State Convention.

HAYNES H. TOWNSEND
PAST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR 2009—2011

Haynes Townsend, from Dalton, Georgia, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 92nd International Convention, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 6-10, 2009.
Past Director Townsend is a judge.
A member of the Dalton Noon Lions Club since 1979, he has held many offices within the association, including club president, region chair, zone chair, district governor, district librarian and multiple district leadership chair. He also served as a presenter at the USA/Canada forum.
In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards including three Lion of the Year Awards, 15 District Governor Appreciation Awards, the Ervin-Crumbley Award, District 18-A Hall of Fame Award, six International President Certificates of Appreciation, two International Leadership Awards, an International President Award, a Membership Key Award and a Knight of Strength Award. Director Townsend is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lions activities, Past Director Townsend is active in numerous professional and community organizations. He is currently the chair of the Dalton-Whitfield Christmas Parade and was honored as the Judge of the Year by the State of Georgia.
Past Director Townsend and his wife, Donna, also a Lion and a Melvin Jones Fellow, have two daughters.


Council of Governors for 2000-2001

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

 Council Chair

 Paul R Johnson 18 A  

 District 18-A  

Sharlene Warren   

 Woodstock  

Ray Moore 

 District 18-B  

Charles R Shurtleff

Hinesville 

 Jack L Kennedy  

 District 18-C 

 Dr Clinton Holloway   

 Plains

 Frank Gilmer  

 District 18-D 

 Edward B Hashbarger   

 Lawrence

 Ron Epperson

 District 18-E 

 Thomas S Jackson

 Carrollton

 Shelia B Standridge

 District 18-F 

 Richard W Brown

 Covington

 Bill Craig

 Council Advisor 

 Dan Stuart 18 D

 State Historian 

 Olin C Newby PDG 

 Washington 

 State Lion Tamer 

 William “Curly” Bross PDG 

Thomson

  Council of Governors for 2001-2002 

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

Richard W Brown 18 F

 District 18-A  

 Ray Moore 

Marietta John Keeter

District 18-B  

Jack L Kennedy   

Statesboro Jerry Kaiser

District 18-C 

Frank Gilmer  

Leesburg Chris Sumner

District 18-D 

Ronald C Epperson Watkinsville Steve Hart

District 18-E 

Shelia B Standridge

Columbus David Forrest

District 18-F 

Bill Craig Warner Robins Debbie Cope

 Council Advisor 

Paul R Johnson 18 A

State Historian 

Olin C Newby PDG 

Washington 

State Lion Tamer 

William “Curly” Bross PDG 

Thomson

Council of Governors for 2002-2003 

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

Jack L Kennedy 18 B

District 18-A  

John W Keeter Tucker Earl Culberson

District 18-B  

Jerry Kaiser Garden City Lillian Shurtleff

District 18-C 

Chris Sumner Blakely Arthur Tatum

District 18-D 

Steve Hart Lilburn James Webb

District 18-E 

David P Forrest Yatesville John Singletary

District 18-F 

Debbie Cope Decatur Hank Barks

Council Advisor 

Richard W Brown 18 F

State Historian 

Olin C Newby PDG 

Washington 

State Lion Tamer 

William “Curly” Bross PDG 

Thomson

Council of Governors for 2003-2004 

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

William B Craig 18 F

District 18-A  

Earl Culberson Adairsville Mark Miller

 District 18-B  

Lillian Shurtleff

Hinesville 

Richard S. “Rick” Mizell

District 18-C 

Arthur Tatum Whigham Ed Johnson Sr

District 18-D 

James Webb Hiawassee Robert “Bob” Robinson

District 18-E 

John Singletary Thomaston Thomas H Morton

District 18-F 

Hank Barks Warner Robins J Donald Glover

Council Advisor 

Jack L Kennedy 18 B

State Historian 

Olin C Newby PDG 

Washington 

State Lion Tamer 

William “Curly” Bross PDG 

Thomson

Council of Governors for 2004-2005

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

Earl Culberson 18 A

 District 18-A  

Mark Miller Jasper

Ray Moore 

District 18-B  

Richard S. “Rick” Mizell Savannah Lew Waldrop

District 18-C 

Edward C. “Ed” Johnson Sr Thomasville Dale A Culp

District 18-D 

Robert “Bob” Robinson Athens Beverly Shirley

District 18-E 

Thomas H Morton Molena Harry O Thomas

District 18-F 

Dr J Donald Glover Eatonton Eugene H Carpenter

Council Advisor 

William B Craig 18 F

State Historian 

Olin C Newby PDG 

Washington 

State Lion Tamer 

William “Curly” Bross PDG 

Thomson

span style=”font-family: Arial; font-size: normal;”>Council of Governors for 2005-2006 

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

C Mark Miller 18 A

District 18-A  

Jane Price Canton Randy Maynard

District 18-B  

Lew Waldrop

Hinesville 

Darrell Parker

District 18-C 

Dale A Culp Moultrie Delores Foreman

District 18-D 

Beverly Shirley Clarksville Ken W Thurmond

District 18-E 

Harry O Thomas Jackson Stephen Humphry

District 18-F 

Eugene H Carpenter Conyers Sanders G “Sandy” Mercer

Council Advisor 

Earl Culberson 18 A

State Historian 

Olin C Newby PDG 

Washington 

State Lion Tamer 

William “Curly” Bross PDG 

Thomson

 Council of Governors for 2006-2007 

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

Jerry J Kaiser 18 B

District 18-A  

Randy Maynard Elijay Vanessa Stanley

District 18-B
 

Joe Bill Brannon Statesboro Dewey Hayes

District 18-C 

Delores Foreman Albany Duncan Sinclair

District 18-D 

Ken W Thurmond Clarkesville Ruth Payton

District 18-E 

Steve Humphry Byron Doye Green

District 18-F 

Sanders G “Sandy” Mercer Sandersville

Bill Craig

Council Advisor 

C Mark Miller 18 A

State Historian 

Lion Joyce Culberson Adairsville

State Lion Tamer 

Richard S. “Rick” Mizell Savannah

Council of Governors for 2007-2008 

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

Sanders G “Sandy” Mercer 18 F

District 18-A  

Vanessa Stanley Atlanta Kenneth Moore

District 18-B  

Dewey Hayes Jr Douglas Ronald J “Ron” Zeppieri

District 18-C 

Duncan C Sinclair Moultrie Georgia Taylor

District 18-D 

Ruth Payton Toccoa Richard “Dick” Smith

District 18-E 

Doye E Green Sr/Steve Humphry Macon/Byron Marlene Humphry

District 18-F 

Kembra L Smith Decatur Russell Hugh Nelson

Council Advisor 

Jerry J Kaiser 18 B

State Historian 

Lion Joyce Culberson Adairsville

State Lion Tamer 

Richard S “Rick” Mizell Savannah

Council of Governors for 2008-2009 

City of Governor 

Vice District Governor

Council Chair

Kembra L Smith 18 F

District 18-A  

Kenneth Moore Chatsworth Berry Broach

District 18-B  

Ronald J “Ron” Zeppieri Darien Donald Pope

District 18-C 

Georgia Taylor Donaldsonville Dr Clinton Holoway

District 18-D 

Richard “Dick” Smith Bogart Grace Clower

District 18-E 

Marlene H Humphry Byron Scott Bates

District 18-F 

Richard Henderson Oxford Harvey Ware

Council Advisor 

Sanders G “Sandy” Mercer 18 F

State Historian 

Lion Joyce Culberson Adairsville

 State Lion Tamer 

Richard S “Rick” Mizell Savannah

Council of Governors for 2009-2010 

City of Governor 

1st Vice District Governor 2nd Vice District Governor

Council Chair

Ronald J “Ron” Zeppieri 18 B

District 18-A  

Berry Broach Ellijay Scott Warren Alan Bethel

District 18-B  

Donald W Pope Savannah Brenda Nease Jesse Powell

District 18-C 

Dr Clinton Holloway Plains Billy Hancock Kenneth McKie

District 18-D 

Grace Clower Snellville Ron Bennetti Ken Fuller

District 18-E 

Scott L Bates Villa Rica Charles R “Bob” Smith

District 18-F 

Harvey Ware Warner Robins Paul A May Larry G Knox

Council Advisor 

Kembra L Smith 18 F

State Historian 

Lion Joyce Culberson Adairsville

State Lion Tamer 

Richard S “Rick” Mizell Savannah