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Home News Ray Bentley and Frank Conforti presented with Melvin Jones Fellowships

Ray Bentley and Frank Conforti presented with Melvin Jones Fellowships

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The Coventry Lions Club held its yearly Christmas Dinner December 15th. In addition to the usual merriment that accompanies a Christmas dinner; two Lions were surprised with a presentation of the Melvin Jones Fellowship. 


Pictured above holding their plaques are MJF honorees Ray Bentley and Frank Conforti.

They are flanked by presenters John Lapic and Barry Bentley

Created in 1973, the fellowship is named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones. The fellowship is the foundation's highest honor and represents humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate.

 Our club uses Lions International’s Melvin Jones Fellowship program to recognize the outstanding work and commitment of club members to Lionism’s principles of service to the community, and to the health and well-being of our Lions Club. Ray Bentley and Frank Conforti, the recipients of the MJF are well known in the club for upholding the standard of excellence that the club hopes all members can attain.

Lion John Lapic presented the MJF to Ray Bentley. Ray was brought into the club by Lion Al Kutz in 1996 and has been a productive member of the club ever since. Lion Ray has twice held the position of Lion President including being Club President this year.

  Ray has been an active member of the Fund Raising and Projects Committee for over ten years.  He has acted as chairman or co-chairman for every major fund raising project the club has been involved with. His leadership has made these projects very successful.

Last year Ray proposed a new and unique Fund Raiser; the Blues Band Barbeque. This new project was the most successful venture our club has completed. Three Blues Bands performed in a carnival atmosphere at Chester County’s Wyndsor Farms. The venue was perfect as it brought to mind images of many rock and folk festivals past and present. With sponsorships, ticket sales, food vendors and more; the project brought in nearly three times the funds than any previous major fund raiser. Due to the resounding success of the BBB our club is able to vigorously enhance the service we give to the community. The Blues Barbeque is the most successful venture the Coventry Lions Club has ever participated in.   

Immediate Past President Barry Bentley presented Frank Conforti with his MJF. Frank joined the Coventry Lions Club in November of 1997, and was sponsored by Lion President Ray. He immediately became very active in the club. A Lions Club that is chartered by Lions International takes on quite a set of privileges and responsibilities. Frank is one of the few members of this club who is aware of those responsibilities. He occasionally even gets some good-natured ribbing for taking them a bit too seriously.

Frank took the position of Club Secretary when Lion Ken Swart sought to retire from the position after over twenty years of service. Frank has held the position of Secretary ever since; over ten years and counting. Frank also nearly single-handedly brought the Coventry Lions Club into the 21st century by creating and continually updating our web site. Frank also serves as our main liaison to District 14-P, having attended a number of zone meeting and district meetings over the years.

Both new Melvin Jones Fellows have also been involved in all of the club's activities, including highway trash pickup, Habitat for Humanity days, ticket sales, holiday dinner deliveries, and the list goes on.



Last Updated on Friday, 31 December 2010 13:24  

2017 Good Works Crew Schedule

February 4th - Frank, Jeff, Matt, Adam, Kevin, Andy

March 4th - John, Ray, Terry, Bob, Chad, Barry, Frank, Beccie

April 1st - John, Terry, Bob, Ken, Chris, Ray

May 6th - Ken, Chris, Frank, Beccie, John, Terry

2016 - 2017 Officers

Keith Bentley

Chuck Kirschman

Terry Stouffer

John Lapic
First Vice President

Frank Conforti
2nd Vice President

3rd Vice President

Jeff Zieber
Membership Director

Leah Kinzinger
Tail Twister

Casey Bentley
Lion Tamer

Board of Directors:
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