At the May 10th meeting of the Concord Lions Club, King Lion presented two overdue awards to two very well-deserving Concord Lions. The Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. William T Murphy Sight Award recognizes an individual or organization for their outstanding and dedicated service to furthering the cause of eye research. The award is named after William T Murphy, past president of MLERF and long-time treasurer who dedicated nearly 30 years to the organization.
Lion Dave Howshan, has been a Concord Lion since 2010, and was previously a long-time member of the Lawrence Lions. Lion Dave is very active in all aspects of the Club. He has co-chaired several key Club activities, including the Lions Den concession stand at Concord-Carlise High School, the Pancake Breakfast, and the annual Spring Concert. When changes to the high school playing fields resulted in the loss of our Den, Dave had the vision and took it upon himself to start two new fundraisers to make up for the lost revenues so that the Club could continue to make our significant contributions to MLERF. Dave organized our first Magic Show, greatly improving the visibility of the Club in the community. He also initiated and co-chaired our Classic Car Shows, almost single-handedly securing all of the sponsorships and advertising for the events, raising significant funds for the Club and our MLERF donations. For his skills and dedication the Concord Lions Club is proud to award Lion Dave Howshan with the William T. Murphy Sight Award.
Lion Sherry Dee Mobley joined the Concord Lions in February 2005. Sherry was drawn to the club after completing an operation on her eye which helped save her sight. She was impressed with the goals of Lions International and MLERF which research she believes helped save her eyesight.
Sherry immediately stepped up and became the Secretary of the club, a tenure which lasted 7 years. Sherry attended and participated in almost all the fundraising events over the years and started one of the first Dining for a Cause events at the local 99 Restaurant. Of course the cause was MLERF.
Lion Sherry also served as president of the Concord Lions Club. During her tenure she continued to raise money with a focus on MLERF, through the Clubs traditional activities and a new event that Sherry initiated, the first annual Concord Lions Flea Market. Sherry has also sponsored several new members, and is always working for the good of the Club and the community. Sherry is a true believer in MLERF and the Concord Lions Club is proud to present Sherry Dee Mobley the William T. Murphy Sight Award.