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Four Saipan Lions recognized as Melvin Jones Fellows

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FOUR Lions Club members on Saipan each received a plaque and a lapel pin as Melvin Jones Fellows for their generous donations to the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

The four Saipan Fil-American Lions Club members were recognized during new members orientation on Monday.

Mar Masilungan donated $2,000, which made him a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Melvin Jones Fellows Mario Mayuga and Annamae Adaza of the Saipan Fil-American Lions Club each donated $1,000.

Saipan Unity Lions Club immediate past president Elizabeth Escober, for her part, donated $1,000 to the Lions Club International Foundation.

"I decided to join the club because of its diversity," Masilungan said. "As its motto says, ‘We Serve.’ So I've been looking for ways to serve internationally."

Quoting a Bible verse, Masilungan said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Mayuga said the Lions Clubs International Foundation or LCIF will continue to expand its programs through the generous support of club members.

And this support benefits many lives not only in the CNMI, but also around the world, he added.

 

Saipan Fil-American Lions Club president Eden Mercado, left, and district first vice governor Saturnino “Atoy” Banting, third right, pose with Saipan Unity Lions Club immediate past president Elizabeth Escober, Saipan Fil-American Lions Club’s Mario Masilungan, Annamae Adaza, and Mario Mayuga. after they are recognized as Melvin Jones Fellows. Contributed photos

"A Melvin Jones Fellowship represents our dedication to humanitarian service to the highest degree," Adaza said.

She said their donations will help a lot of people who are in dire need of assistance.

Escober said the Lions’ global causes include diabetes and disaster relief.

She said after Saipan was hit by Typhoons Soudelor and Yutu, the Lions were able to secure grants from Lions Clubs International Foundation to help typhoon victims on island.

The plaques to the new Melvin Jones Fellows were presented by district first vice governor Saturnino "Atoy" Banting, a Melvin Jones Fellow himself, and Region 2, Zone 1 chair Eden Mercado.

To learn more about the Lions, visit their website at www.lionsclubs.org

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