Jim Sturman, a Lodi office property management and leasing business owner, was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship at a recent Lodi Lions Club installation dinner. The Melvin Jones Fellowship, presented by the Lodi Lions Club through the Lions Club International Foundation, was awarded to Sturman as a lifetime achievement award for his enduring commitment to volunteerism and community service since becoming a member of the Lodi Lions Club in 1981.
The Fellowship is named after Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Club International. Jones, an associate of an insurance firm in Chicago, founded Lions Clubs International in 1917, 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 206 countries and geographical areas around the world.
Sturman is a 1972 graduate of Lodi High School and a 1976 graduate of University of California, Davis. He has been a real estate broker and agent in the Lodi area since 1976. He is married to Misty, his wife of 29 years. He has two married children and one grandchild.
The Lodi Lions Club meets every Wednesday at noon in Burgundy Hall at the Grape Festival Grounds. For more information or to get involved with the Lodi Lions Club, call Lion Pat Galvan at 209-327-9340 or visit www.lodilions.org.