Environment Chair-Clallam Bay Sekiu Lions Lion Dr. Nancy Messmer received the Distinguished Service Award at the regional Lions Clubs Convention in Penticton, British Columbia this fall. Messmer, of the Clallam Bay Sekiu Lions, serves as the Environment Team Lead for Lions Clubs International Multiple District 19 (Washington, British Columbia, and N. Idaho). The Distinguished Service Award is the highest award the Multiple District presents to one of its members for service to Lions across the entire regional area over time.
Messmer leads a team of Lions to increase service in the area of Environment (one of five global service goals including also Sight, Hunger, Diabetes, and Childhood Cancer). Environment Chairs from across the Pacific Northwest meet monthly on Zoom to plan projects and share information and resources. Environment Chairs from other states and countries have been joining both the regular meetings, and the monthly evening Environment talks. Lions are increasing their Environmental Service in areas that include Tree Planting, Beach and Shoreline Cleanups, Litter Pickups, Park and Trail Creating/Maintenance, Recycling and Reuse Projects, Gardens, Food Distribution and more.
In presenting the award, MD 19 Executive Director, Peter Anderson noted that “The increasing number of Lions Clubs working to improve the ecosystem is directly attributable to Dr. Messmer. Her level of passion combined with her guidance is exactly to what every Lion leader must aspire.”