PRIDE LEADER: Dimboola’s Joe Barry is now part of Lions immortality after receiving a Melvin Jones Fellowship award. Picture: EMMA COUTTSA DIMBOOLA man’s name is etched onto a Lions Clubs International honour board in Illinois, United States, after he won one of the organisation’s highest honours.

Dimboola Lions Club president Joe Barry received a Melvin Jones Fellowship award named after the founder of Lions at a changeover dinner on Saturday.

It is the highest Lions honour ever won by a Dimboola Lions Club member.

Mr Barry’s 38 years at the club include five years as president and 30 years editing a monthly bulletin.

The award recognised the club stalwart’s dedication to humanitarian services at the club.

Mr Barry said he was shocked to receive the award.

“When the other members nominated me they kept it a secret,” he said.

“It was quite funny, because I was going through the fi nes we give to members for trivial things and then all of a sudden I won the award.”

Mr Barry said he enjoyed volunteering and mentoring people from Horsham employment agency St Laurence.

“I enjoy the working bees and I work with a happy crew of people,” he said.

“It’s great to raise money with friendly people and be involved with community affairs.”

He encouraged Dimboola residents to join the club.

“We are always on the look-out for new members,” he said. “We are all getting too old so a few new faces would be great.”

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