"Digging Deeper to Move Forward!" This is Eugene Saunders' theme as the new Lions Club District Governor. His district (29-L) is comprised of 45 clubs in the Northern Panhandle, south to Parkersburg and east to Morgantown.
Saunders will assume his new duties on Tuesday.
Saunders, who wears several hats in the community, and is best known as the mayor of the city of Moundsville, has over the years been involved in coaching youth sports, and currently heads up the Marshall County Panther football program.
As to the Lions Club theme, his chose it result of being a retired coal miner.
Saunders is first member of the Moundsville Lions Club to hold the office of District Governor in the club's 73-year history. Saunders joined the Lions Club eight years ago and immediately became a member of the club's Sight Conservation Committee, serving as the chairman for the past few years.
Saunders recently told members of the Moundsville Lions Club that he was at first hesitant in joining the club, but said it one of the best decisions he has ever made.
He said the late Charlie Barger initially approached him about joining, and that Gene Lough was his sponsor.
Saunders plans to continue as sight committee chairman even while he is district governor.
Saunders earlier this month was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, which is given in honor of Jones, the founder of Lions Club International. The MJF is a recognition of donations of $1,000 to Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).
The LCIF uses the money for five special program areas, including sight-related activities ranging from equipping eye clinics to providing Braille computers for the visually impaired.
Two special events will be taking place in Moundsville this evening. They are the annual Moundsville Baptist Church Patriotic Concert and the Free Freedom Fun Fest sponsored by the Ash Avenue Church of God and the Solid Rock Baptist Church.
The Moundsville Baptist Church event will begin at 6 p.m., at the church where all veterans will be honored with gifts. Among those taking part will be the Moundsville Baptist Church Chancel Choir and the Moundsville Honor Guard. There will be a special video presentation along with special recognition of those listed as killed in action, missing in action, prisoners of war and Purple Heart recipients.
There will be a pie and ice cream social following the concert.
The Free Freedom Fun Fest will take place beginning at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park. There will be "A Patriot Salute" honoring those serving in the military, along with military veterans.
There will also be games, inflatables, food, a dunk tank, face painting and music.
A community cookout will be held at the conclusion of the service.
The musical group "Beacon Road" will play at 7 p.m.
The city of Cameron and the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department have planned several activities for the 4th of July, with the annual parade to take place at 1 p.m.
There will be children's games from noon until 6 p.m., and a bean ball tournament at 2 p.m.
Of course, the annual VFD water battle will be one of the attractions, and the CVFD will sponsor bingo.
The "2 Peas in a Pod" musical duo, featuring CHS alumni Robyn Ewing Wells, will be featured from 2:30- 4p.m. The Lee Gantt Band will be the opening act for the evening's main attraction, Matt Mason.
A fireworks display will conclude the day's activities.
All members of the Moundsville High School Alumni committee are requested to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville, with each class to hopefully have a representative. Updated address lists are to be turned in.
Boys of Summer founder Jim Heath was very pleased with the turnout for this year's annual get-together, held June 20-22.
Some 50 of the B.O.S. members assembled on June 21 at the East End Playground complex to talk about the past, and although it rained three different times during the two-hour period, it didn't matter to them as they found cover until the rain was finally over.
Heath announced that four Marshall County high school seniors were awarded $500 scholarships. They went to Matt Zelic and Lexie Benline, both of John Marshall High School; Austin Cunningham of Bishop Donahue High School and Natalie Trowbridge of Cameron High School.
This was the third year for the scholarship program, supported by donations from those who are involved with the B.O.S. program in some way.
As to the 2015 event, it is scheduled to take place over Labor Day Weekend.
Received an email early last Sunday morning, the sender stating, "Nice column, Jim. I sure a lot of people will enjoy it like I did." I was on way to Cleveland for a baseball game between the Indians and the Detroit Tigers, along with more than 50 Uniglobe Ohio Valley baseball enthusiast when I received the email.
It wasn't much of a game - the Tigers won by a 10-1 score - but it just happened that our tickets included a buffet and you could eat from the time the gates opened through the sixth inning.
With 11 runs being scored in the game and several plays reviewed, you had plenty of opportunity to eat.
The review person in New York overturned three of the umpires' calls, in each of these cases the umpires had ruled the runner out.
The fans who were still around for the ninth inning even had to sit through a play review which was requested by the Tigers first-year manager with his team leading by nine runs.
Happy Birthday to granddaughter Lily Barrett, who will be five years old on Wednesday. She will be in kindergarten in August at Conner Street Elementary School in Hurricane.