Rocklin Lions receive prestigious awards

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Victor Tulbure, president of the Rocklin Lions Club, received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award on Sept. 6. The award, the highest honor a Lions Club member can receive, is named for the founder of the Lions organization. The service organization was founded in 1917 by businessman Melvin Jones, who believed that local people should expand their horizons to encompass the betterment of their communities. Immediate Past District Governor Richard Wilmot announced the award at the Lions District Governor’s Cabinet meeting on Aug. 28. Past District Governor Richard DeCuir made the official presentation to Tulbure at the Rocklin Club’s regular meeting. In presenting the award, DeCuir noted that Tulbure had been an enthusiastic supporter of numerous local projects, including clean up of the Johnson-Springview Park Pavilion, support of Boy Scout Troop 29, the annual 100-mile cycling event at Whitney High School and Rocklin’s Hot Chili, Cool Cars Festival. He has also been active in the Lions Club’s sight conservation activities, the Lions Eureka Zone Health Fair and the annual Fourth of July parade in Auburn. However, retiring District Governor Wilmont singled out Tulbure for his unselfish support of the Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children at Camp Ross Relles. Wilmont pointed out that Tulbure had spent countless hours working at the camp as well as supporting campers. On August 16, Tulbure presented the Lion of the Year plaque to club secretary Clara Taylor. Taylor has provided many years, of unsung service as the club’s secretary, including opening her home for numerous Lions Club socials, noted Max A. Best, Lions Club first vice president. A retired school administrator from the Dry Creek School District, Taylor continues to offer her expertise by mentoring beginning teachers.