PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps has honored the Terryville Lion's Club as the July recipient of the PVAC Proud Award.
The award honors those who go “above and beyond” to help their community. PVAC Board President Bonnie Doughty-Jenkins said the local Lions Club was one of four nominations this month.
"The Lions Club is always a visible entity in our community and even in these unprecedented times, they are still such a valuable asset," she said. "They have continued with community events such as their community tag sale and still held events in order to raise funds to put right back into the community."
Doughty-Jenkins said that, despite the Terryville Lion's Club having to cancel their biggest annual fundraiser, the Terryville Country Fair, due to the pandemic last year, the club remained undeterred.
"The Lions never ceased their philanthropy and participation within the community in spite of having to figure out new and different ways to serve the public at large," she said.
According to terryvillelions.org, “Lions are people who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local, regional, and world communities. By conducting service projects and raising funds, Lions strive to help those in need, wherever need exists. Every Lion is dedicated to community service and improvement.”
The Truman Gustafson PVAC Proud award is named after Truman Gustafson, who was one of the founders of PVAC when it was established in 1968. The board of directors meets to decide the recipient from among nominees.
In June, the award was presented to Volunteer EMT Abby Leander.
Doughty-Jenkins said anyone can nominate someone for this award.
“If there is a member, crew, etc. that you feel has gone ‘above and beyond’ or a citizen or business that has shown a spirit of assisting and helping the community, please contact myself or any Board of Directors member," she said. "I can be reached by writing to me in care of PVAC 191 Main St, Terryville, CT."
For more information on the Terryville Lion’s Club, visit terryvillelions.org or facebook.com/TerryvilleLions.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.