Bexhill Lion, David Burstow, has been given one of the highest awards in the organisation – a “Melvin Jones Fellowship”. This award is named after the founder of Lions Clubs and is in recognition of his work in the local community and as a District Officer.

The award was presented to David by the District Governor at the recent S.E. Convention. He thanked David for his service to his Club and for his work at a District level over the years.

David has served as chairman of all the club’s committees, as well as being the club secretary. He has beenPresident on two occasions and is a Club Trustee.

David commented “Looking back at the past 24 years, the highlights that stay in my mind include; organisingthe Bexhill Triathlon for five years involving other clubs and many volunteers from across the town, heading a team organising our Zone Special Needs Knockout that ran for 20 years, and the fear when making a speech to the Nevers Lions Club, in French !”

David has held many roles within Lions and is currently the District Convention Chairman as well as being a member of 2 other committees.

David added ” One of the joys of being a Lion is the opportunity to meet people from other clubs. Over the years I have been able to visit many clubs in the UK as well as in France, Germany, Australia and Iceland. I have also been fortunate to be able to attend conventions in the UK,Chicago and Milan and meet Lions from around the world.”

“ This award came as a complete surprise to me. It is never easy juggling work, family and volunteering so I would like to give a big “thank you” to my wife Barbara for her support.”

“Bexhill Lions is a great club that continues to attract new members with new ideas, who see how they can make a real difference to the community. It is a real pleasure to be member of the club which reflects so well the Lions motto, “We Serve” and I thank the members for all their work and their support.”