Lions Club To Do More for Paynesville’s Visually Impaired, Disadvantaged

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Lions President Elizabeth Pelham (with the candle and gavel) and other officers of the Paynesville Lions Club

The newly elected and installed president of the Paynesville Lions Club, Mrs. Elizabeth S. B. Pelham, said there will be an increase in the presence of Lions Club projects, especially in Paynesville, to benefit the visually impaired and other disadvantaged persons.

Mrs. Pelham said the call to serve the poor and underprivileged is now urgent as their numbers are increasing in the communities, adding that it is the role of Lions, along with other entities and institutions to ensure that the weak have some means to improve their conditions.

During the club’s first formal installation program held at a local resort last Friday, Madam Pelham said, “It is incumbent upon us and necessary to intervene in their lives with material assistance, however small it may be.  I am therefore calling on my officers and members of the Paynesville Lions Club, and other club members, not to take their Lions membership lightly. We have a contribution to make. The dues you pay, the  materials you provide, all can make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.”

She hailed the club’s outgoing president, Johnson N. Gwaikolo, for keeping the club functional. Mr. Gwaikolo thanked the outgoing officers and members for their support,  especially, Winnifred Nyemah, for serving as secretary. Mrs. Pelham also thanked Mrs. D. Sheba Brown, who encouraged her to join and be part of the service oriented Lions Club.

Lions Club is an international organization with member clubs around the world with a defining cause to “…fulfill the mission to restore lost sight, empower the youth, provide relief to those afflicted by nature, and other humanitarian services.”

Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood addressed the audience on the theme, “Humility in Leadership.” The guest speaker defined leadership as the ability to influence a group of people towards the achievement of a vision or set goals, and that a leader should promote change and love his or her followers in a distinct direction. “A true leader listens to the ideas and opinions of his or her followers, and happily embraces them,” she added.

The Montserrado County lawmaker listed six ways in which the President of the Paynesville Lions Club (who is also her biological mother) can use humility to have an effective leadership. They include: being open to the opinions of others; tending to the needs of others; admitting mistakes; accepting uncertainty; self-reflection; and delegation (let people do their jobs). “When people are demonstrating these behaviors, there is an association between the humble leadership behaviors and those outcomes,” Rep. Youngblood said.

Some of the inductees are Mrs.  Elizabeth Pelham, president; Mrs. Eyuonne Bright Harding, 1st vice president; Mr. Henry B. Yonton, 2nd vice president; Madam Winnifred Nyemah, 3rd vice president; Madam Trokon Lisa Chea Browne, secretary; Amanda Gwaikolo, treasurer, among others. The induction was done by Mrs. D. Sheba Brown, Lion Guide and past chairperson, District 403 A-2. She was ably assisted by Mr. Tony Hage, Lion King and past zonal chairman.

Project One

Last month, over 200 Liberian senior citizens received free reading glasses from the Paynesville Lions Club. Each of the spectacles and case cost about US$210. The exercise was part of efforts to sustain the Lions Club’s humanitarian service goal of providing vision to those in need.  The glasses were donated to the Paynesville Lions Club by Dr. Olakunle Oladunni Churchill, a lifetime member of the Lions Club in Nigeria. Dr. Churchill is the chairman of Big Churchill Heaven Limited and CEO of the Big Church Entertainment.

Mrs. Pelham thanked  fellow Lion Churchill for the donation, Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee for her support and recommendation and those who turned out for the event.

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