Abel Guerrero presented with Melvin Jones award

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 43            November 1, 2001

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Flora Ancona, Miss San Pedro Dilcia Trejo, Abel Guerrero Sr., and Lions Zone 59 Chairman Dr. Chris Bennett

The highest honor given by Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) was presented to a pleasantly surprised Lion Abel Guerrero Sr. last Saturday as he accepted the distinguished Melvin Jones Fellow Award. This award is given to Lion members who have shown their commitment to humanitarian endeavors and represents a contribution of US$1000 given as a personal donation, or as a gift given on behalf of the recipient. The San Pedro Lions Club did not think twice about appointing Lion Abel the recipient. Past President Flora Ancona, assisted by Miss San Pedro Dilcia Trejo, presented the inscribed plaque and a lapel pin identifying Lion Abel as a Melvin Jones Fellow during the San Pedro Lions Club 26th anniversary ceremony.

    The following speech was read by Lion Flora Ancona before the presentation to Lion Abel. The fact that we have a Melvin Jones Award to present tonight is a very big reward for the San Pedro Lions Club. It means that we have been very active and been recognized by Lions International.

    Tonight my speech has been made extra simple because our club has chosen to present this award to a very open and deserving member. We will all agree that this is "Our Guy." We are honoring a man of no excuses and lots of action. He is one of our island's best known tourist guides, a Senior Minister of the Catholic Church, a Commissioner of the Courts, and still finds time to be a very active Lion member. He is a Charter member of our club, attends most of our activities, is one of our great chefs for Lions weekend barbecues and has been the Club's treasurer for as far back as I can remember.

    Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we would like to present this Melvin Jones Fellow Award to Lion Abel Guerrero Sr. as a token of our great appreciation for his friendship and service as a Lion. It is more people like Abel that we need in our club, our community, our country, our world for it to be a more peaceful and enjoyable place to be. Let us give him a big ROAR!

    With this announcement, the gathering gave Lion Abel a standing ovation. In accepting, he pledged to continue serving as a Lion until the end of his life. Lion Abel Guerrero is the fourth person in San Pedro to be appointed a Melvin Jones Fellow. The other distinguished recipients are Lion Edilberto "Beto" Marin, Lion Alfredito "Fred" Alamilla (deceased) and Mrs. Celi McCorkle.

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