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Club honors Vergennes' veteran fire chief

The Vergennes Lions Club honored five community leaders at a recent presentation ceremony at the American Legion Post.

Lion Larry Simino read a brief biography of each honoree and presented them with a Melvin Jones Fellowship plaque from Lions Club International. Melvin Jones Awards can be presented to Lions members and other outstanding community members for their dedication to community service.

The Vergennes Lions contributed $1,000 in the name of each honoree to the Lions Club International Foundation. Their names rotate in a continuous light display at the Lions Club International headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. The LCIF contributes millions of dollars each year to disaster relief and other needs around the world.

Presentations were also made to two non-Lion community leaders:

Henry Broughton who has served the area greatly over many years in many capacities. He is a leader of the community, the American Legion post and St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Fire Chief Ralph Jackman has been a shining star of volunteers for his work for more than 75 years. He has been Vergennes City fire chief for nearly 50 years. Most recently he has been delivering Meals on Wheels.

Lions recognized included: Olive Douglas, Scott Lynk, Steve Coulman, and Derek Cohen.

The honorees all have served in various leadership positions in the community or Lions and together have contributed about 200 years of service to the community.

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