BELMONT — Belmont Lions Club member Roger Adler was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Belmont Lions Club recently.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is an honor, not an award. This fellowship is the highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service through Lions Club International.
“It is truly a great honor to present Roger with this award,” said Belmont Lions Club president M.J. Dachelet. “Throughout his more than 50 years of service, Roger certainly has lived up to the Lions Motto, “We Serve”.”
Since moving to Belmont in 1964, Adler has been active in the Lions Club, holding the offices of secretary, vice president, and president during his years of service. Adler has always been there for ball tournaments, selling Christmas trees, highway pickup, and helping with various fundraisers throughout the years. He has also been a leader in the Lions work with the Belmont Mound Park, from helping to build the shelter back in the 1970s, to today’s maintenance of the park.
While his wife Nancy isn’t a current member, she too has helped throughout the years with Lions Children’s Vision Screening and other Lions Club events like the Halloween Costume Judging and Christmas Party with Santa. Nancy is also very instrumental in helping with the Lions Club float for the Belmont Fair.
Roger and Nancy are both originally from Argyle. Roger was the barber in Belmont, and Nancy worked at Mound City Bank. Both have been busy since retirement, which has been giving them even more time to help others.
Adler’s fondest memories of the Lions Club were helping with the Wisconsin vs. Iowa game’s former Annual Pancake Breakfast, a huge fundraiser throughout the years. Adler said he has always enjoyed helping others in the Belmont community.