NEW OFFICERS- Past District Governor Carl Tolley, right, installed the 2009-10 officers of the Rural Retreat Lions Club Thursday night at the annual Neal Phipps picnic at Rural Retreat lake. From the right are Tolley; Doug Matney, President; Chester Jarosz, First Vice President; Eddie Crockett, Second Vice President; Priscilla Hall, Secretary and Doug Grubb, Treasurer. Below are more officers, Jay Rumfelt, Tail Twister, Tammy Hash, Board of Directors; Frank Slavin, Immediate past President and Lion Tamer and Bob Harrison, Membership committee.



SCHOLARSHIP WINNER- Rural Retreat Lions Club President Doug Matney congratulates Charlotte Reasor, a recent graduate of Rural Retreat High school as the winner of the clubs annual scholarship. Charlotte will be attending the University of Virginia at Wise this fall.




Hall Appointed District Governor

Past District Governor Bill Hall, a member of the Rural Retreat Lions Club, has been appointed by the Lions Clubs International Board of Directors to serve as Governor in District 24-F for 2009-10.

The district is made up of 38 clubs, with approximately 1,000 members, from Interstate 77 west to the Virginia and Kentucky borders.

In addition to serving the district, Hall will also serve on the Virginia Lions Council of Governors, which is comprised of the governors from the six districts in the state.

Hall has been a Lion for 45 years and has perfect attendance for the entire time.

Hall is serving his second term as District Governor, having served in District 24-E from the Christiansburg club in 1977-78. As Governor, he started two new Lions Clubs Blue Ridge and Smith Mountain Lake. The prior year he formed the Floyd Club and served as guiding line for a year. At the time of his election he was the first District Governor to ever serve from Montgomery County and was the youngest person to hold that high state office.

Hall is a retired newspaper Publisher and has been a member of Lions Clubs in Radford, Christiansburg, Batesville, IN, Orange, Richlands, Bristol and now the Rural Retreat Club. He has served these clubs by holding every office from President to tail twister.

On the district level, he has served as a Zone Chairman, Deputy District Governor and a number of state committees and State Convention committees. He is a 3-time Key Lion for sponsoring new members, received the International extension award for forming new clubs, was a 100% Club President, a 100% District Governor for meeting all the criteria set by Lions Clubs International. He has received several District Governor appreciation awards and this past year was awarded the MD24 VA Council of Governors Distinguished Service Award.

He is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and resides in Crockett with his wife, Lion Cabinet Secretary Priscilla. They have four children and seven grand children.



Melvin Jones Award

Carl Tolley, a member of the Rural Retreat Lions Club since 1994, has been honored by the club as a Melvin Jones Fellow. The Melvin Jones Fellowship honors Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs International. It is the highest form of recognition conferred by the Lions Club International Foundation. Tolley, who is serving as District Governor of Virginia Lions District 24-F for 2008-2009, was presented theaward by Frank Slavin, club president, at the club’s annual picnic at Rural Retreat Lake. A retired career Navy veteran, Tolley spent 22 years in the service with active duty in Korea and Vietnam. His Lion’s record includes serving the Rural Retreat club for two terms as President,Vice President, Lion Tamer, Board of Directors and Chairman of the Membership Committee. Tolley served the district last year as Vice-District Governor. Honors given to Tolley, for his Lion work, include the  multiple District 24 Council Distinguished Service Awards in 2004 and 2005 and the  100 per cent  Club President award for  meeting all the goals set for him by Lions Clubs International.

Besides his Lions activities, Tolley is a member of the Pleasant Hill Lutheran Church, American Legion post 229 and Veteran of  Foreign Wars Post 4667. A native of Havaco, West Va., Tolley resides in Rural Retreat. He and his wife Patsy  have four children, Dean Tolley, Bobbi T. Crouse, Lisa T. Alderman and Beth Reffitt Tolley. The Tolleys also have six grand children and seven great grand children.


Sixty Five Year Lion-James Lindsey, a member of the Rural
Retreat Lions club is presented a 65 year pin by President Frank Slavin. Lindsey had 62 years of perfect attendance before he has to take a leave from the club because of illness.




Jay and Ann Rumfelt were presented Key Lion awards for sponsoring two new lions club members each. Frank Slavin (right) president, of the club made the presentations.



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