Brilliant Lions Club welcomes dignitaries to February meeting

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS — Dignitaries attending the Brilliant Lions Club dinner meeting on Feb. 1 were, from left, Bill Snyder, Mingo Lions Club president; Steve Thornton, campaigning for international director; Becky Thornton, district 3 diabetic chairman; Ralph Nickoson, Brilliant Lions president; Becky Cahoon; Tom Cahoon, past district governor; and Terry Snyder, zone 10 chairman. -- Contributed

BRILLIANT — Brilliant Lions Club members welcomed Lions Club dignitaries from Wooster, Cambridge and Mingo Junction to the dinner meeting held Feb. 1 at the club room.

Past Cabinet Chairman Steve Thornton, who has served as past deputy district governor, past vice district governor, district governor and chairman of the Council of Governors for MD-13 Ohio, was on hand with his wife, Becky, Lions diabetes chairman.

Accompanying them were Tom Cahoon, past district governor, and his wife, Becky; Terry Snyder, zone 8 chairman; and Bill Snyder, Mingo Lions Club president.

Thornton told about his campaigning for international director to inspire Lions and make sure they understand the importance of their service and appreciate the honor of their service. He said there will be five districts with a candidate, and that he is from district three.

Ballots will be cast at the Canton McKinley Grand Hotel for the district convention, he said in asking for their support. The state convention will be in Columbus at the Convention Center on May 18-20.

Becky Thornton explained diabetes is the No. 1 cause of blindness for adults. At district convention there will be a walk for diabetes. Those wishing to participate can pay $5, which will go to the Akron Children’s Hospital for Diabetes for youth camp.

Cahoon, who is on the road campaigning on Thornton’s behalf, commented on all the work put into the community by the Brilliant Lions.

Terry Snyder presented Ralph Nickoson with an award for projects in the community. A collection point for used eye glasses, it was announced, is Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Bill Snyder.

The blood drive held by the Brilliant Fire Department and the Lions brought 14 units, according to Don Hutchinson.

Susan Nolan reported the senior prom for senior citizens of the Buckeye Local community will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at Buckeye Local High School. Those attending should RSVP by April 3 at (740) 769-7395. She also reported on Team BLUE’s work toward betterment of the Buckeye Local school system.

Prize drawings were won by Lamont McCoy, Charlie Bane, Nolan and Tom Connell.

The next meeting is Thursday.