Members of the James C. ”Hank” Lindsey family were presented a memorial award Thursday night  June 3 ,2010 by the Rural Retreat Lions Club .
Lindsey, who died in February, was a member of the club since 1943 and before he became ill had 62 years of perfect attendance.
During the presentation Immediate Past District Governor Carl Tolley spoke of Lindsey’s dedication to the Lions Club and community. He also read a poem about building bridges saying,” Lion James built many bridges here in this community.”
Lions Ann Rumfelt and Mike Cole, co-chairmen of the Lindsey Memorial committee, presented the memorial plaque to Mrs. Rachael Lindsey and members of his family.
The plaque reads:
“In memory of James Calvin “Hank” Lindsey for his many years of service to the Rural Retreat Community and the Rural Retreat Lions Club.
James Lindsey’s membership in the Rural Retreat Lions Club began in June ,1943, and continued until his death in 2010. He held many club offices, was recognized for 62 years of perfect attendance, and was honored by the club for his service by being designated as a Melvin Jones Fellow.
His contribution to community services included personally providing ambulance service to Rural Retreat prior to the establishment of a rescue squad and also served as a dispatcher for the fire department, setting up the call responsibilities from his home. He was the owner and manager of Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Virginia.
Mr. Lindsey will be remembered by all, as a dedicated and caring person, whose many contributions and exceptional personal commitment to the Rural Retreat Community touched so many lives.
Given in memory of James Calvin Lindsey, 1921 to 2010, by the Rural Retreat Lion Club.”
Club president Doug Matney asked the present Lindsey Funeral Home Manager Mike Blevins to prominently display the plaque in the funeral home.




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The mission of the Rural Retreat Lions Club is to serve our neighbors and help those less fortunate. Each year we provide eye screenings for area schools and provide people with free eye exams and eyeglasses. We sponsor a scholarship for a deserving student entering college, sponsor a Bland Memorial Contest, purchase hearing aids and help in other community projects such as youth programs.

Virginia Multi-District 24 Lions

Our club is a member of Multi-District 24 and our district is known as District F

The first Lions club was chartered in 1917 because of one man's, Melvin Jones, desire to be a member of an organization that worked for the betterment of his community. Now, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service organization. The Commonwealth of Virginia proudly joined its ranks in 1921. Currently there are six Districts representing 321 Lions Clubs and close to 10,000 Virginia members. With the simple motto of " We Serve ", the Lions of Virginia work tirelessly to better the Commonwealth. Helping the blind and visually impaired was the first project of Virginia Lions Clubs and continues to perhaps be the largest service project. In addition to sight programs, which includes collection and distribution of used eyeglasses, Lions also work to serve the hearing impaired, promote diabetes awareness, sponsor youth programs and much more.

For more than eighty years, Lions Clubs around the world have been recognized for their service to the visually impaired and hearing impaired. The majority of the world's eye banks have been established by and are currently supported by Lions Clubs, as are hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers.

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To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

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To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

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  • To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
  • To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
  • To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
  • Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
  • To Hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
  • Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, as to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means.
  • To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
  • To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
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