You can count on Jim and Marilyn Powell.
The Powells, who have a combined 41 years of service to the Rising Sun Lions Club, are "volunteers any organization would be proud to claim"," said Rising Sun Lions president Ellen Lucas.
The Powells do "whatever needs to be done" the Lions' ham and oyster and shrimp and beef dinners, Bingo at Calvert Manor, cleaning and sorting medical equipment and more. They also took charge of the adopt-a-highway clean up efforts, tend the club eyeglass donation boxes and more. Lucas said they are to be commended for their service and dedication.
The Powells were not the only people honored during the annual combined holiday party with the Rising Sun and Conowingo Lions Clubs and the Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce.
Lisa Tome was named Person of the Year by the Conowingo Lions Club. She was honored for "Outstanding commitment and service to the community."
Bobby Banks has made the Conowingo Lions Club a priority.
He doesn't miss the club's events. Banks was presented with the Melvin Jones Award. The late Melvin Jones is the founder of Lions Clubs International. The award is the highest honor presented to Lions members who demonstrate a dedication to humanitarian service.
Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce president presented the chamber Citizen of the Year award to Shelley Leishear. Chamber president Vince Sammons said that Leishear brought the idea of adding an arts element to Sunfest. "She sold the original idea to members of the elected body. Since the Arts Council was formed, she recruited a core group of artists to run the Council and put on events," said Sammons.
Leishear has led the arts council, now Rising Sun Arts Alliance, in putting on numerous events including a concert in the park and art shows in town hall.
"She is humble and a true leader, always hoisting credit on the team, never keeping any for herself, even though I've witnessed the tremendous effort she put into the organization in addition to others," said Sammons.
He also stated that the arts are a catalyst for economic activities of the town. "She loves the arts, but she also loves the town and wants to see what is best for the town, because to her the town is home," said Sammons.
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