The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) recognizes donations of US$1,000. It is the backbone of LCIF, providing 75 percent of the foundation’s revenue. As recognition of humanitarian work, an MJF is an honor presented to those who donate US$1,000 to LCIF or to people for whom a donation was made by others.
Contributions can be made by individuals (including non-Lions), clubs or districts. Donations may be in one sum, or in installments of a minimum of US$100 over a five-year period. Melvin Jones Fellows receive an attractive lapel pin, a plaque and a congratulatory letter.
It is possible to make a donation and choose the MJF recipient later. Write “Melvin Jones Fellow to be named later” on the check or bank draft. When an individual’s or group’s personal donation(s) are accumulated for a club’s or district’s use to select a Melvin Jones Fellowship recipient, LCIF needs the signed consent. Please include such documentation with the completed MJF application that is sent to LCIF Donor Services.
•The Fellowship was established in 1973 and the Progressive program began in 1986 in response to Lions’ request for a way to extend their commitment to LCIF.
•Donations through MJFs provide 75 percent of the Foundation’s annual revenue.
•There are 100 levels in the PMJF program.
•Most of the funds raised during Campaign SightFirst and Campaign SightFirst II were through MJF donations.
•As of October 2011, there are 329,896 MJFs and 61,062 PMJFs worldwide.
•All MJFs are invited to the annual luncheon held at the convention (ticket purchase required). The MJF luncheon began in 1984 and has been held at each convention since then.
•The names of MJFs are displayed on a computer in the LCIF Room at the International Headquarters.
Roswell Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellows
It is the tradition of the Roswell Lions Club to annually select one more Lions to be recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow for their contribution to our club and the community. Those Melvin Jones Fellows who have been honored by the club are listed in bold.
1991 Clifford Vaughan#, Milt Brand (Progressive MJF – 2 Diamond)*
1994 Earl Ake#
1996 Joseph B. Corder#
1997 John D. Baird#
1998 Charles J. Coley#
2000 Lewis Mason#
2001 Robby Robinson*, Doris Westbrook*
2002 Charles Caudell*
2003 Virgil Ladson*
2004 Larry Zacharchuk*
2005 Phil Farias*
2006 Troy Holman*, Alan Bethel
2007 William Parsons, Jr.*, Frank Toler#
2008 Jeffrey Hammen*, Pat Welden#
2009 Jerry Bramblett*
2010 Robert Joe#, Carole Bethel
2011 Vince Kartley*, Fran Farias*
2012 Tim Dunn*
2013 Linda Spudic*
2014 Jonathan Crooks*, Chris Wong*
2015 Michael Henleben*
2016 Ross Thomas*
2017 Cheryl Henleben*
# – deceased *=current member