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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:51 am

At its recent installation dinner, the Lodi Lions Club honored two members, Jerry Workman and Richard Prima, for their service to the club and the community.

Retired California Highway Patrol Officer Jerry Workman was presented a Lions Club International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellowship in recognition of his enduring commitment to volunteerism and community service since becoming a member of the Lodi Lions Club in 1988.

Workman went through the club vice-presidential chairs and served as club president in 2005-06 and has been active in all club activities and committees. He started with the CHP as a dispatcher 1962 and retired in 1996 as the commander of the Stockton office, a position he held since 1988. He and his wife Norma enjoy travelling and he has been known to frequent local golf courses.

In addition, retired City of Lodi Public Works Director Richard Prima was presented with the Lion of the Year Award. This award is presented to a Lodi Lion whose performance during the past year exemplified true belief in service. Prima was active in helping the club establish the Lodi Lions Club Foundation and is working on establishing an endowment fund for the Foundation. He joined the Lodi Lions in 1998 and has served as secretary for four years and has been active in community improvement projects.

He and his wife Marilyn enjoy traveling and taking care of their chickens. He also is an avid woodturner and woodworker and serves as the treasurer for the NorCal Woodturners, Inc., a Sacramento non-profit organization supporting the traditions and art of woodturning.

The Lodi Lions Club has been active in the Lodi community since 1940. It supports local community groups and individuals through service projects, donations and sight and hearing assistance. The club meets every Wednesday at noon at Frank Johnson/Burgundy Hall at the Grape Festival grounds. For more information or to get involved with the Lodi Lions Club, please contact Lion Past-President Larry Dold at 209-339-9036 or Membership Director Don Cooper at 209-747-5957.

The Lodi Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, an associate of an insurance firm in Chicago, Ill., when he asked the question of local businessmen’s groups, “What if these men, who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?”

Lions Clubs later focused their efforts in sight conservation and related services at the behest of Helen Keller in 1925, when she addressed the Lions Club International Convention, challenging the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 207 countries and geographical areas around the world.

— Source: Richard Prima

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