Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

April 4, 2012

Buell selected as District 12-0 'Lion of the Year'

CROSSVILLE — There was a very surprised Fairfield Glade Lion member at the March 19th meeting. Past President Ed Litman was called upon to make a presentation. Lion Ed asked Byron Buell to come forward to receive a special award. The announcement was than made to the assembled members that Byron Buell had been selected at the March 9-10 District meeting as the 12-0 “Lion of the Year” for 2011. Needless to say Byron was completely surprised and speechless.

This is the first time in the 36-year history of the Fairfield Glade Lions Club that one of their members has been so honored.  It is even more significant when you realize the total number of Lions Clubs in District 12-0 and the number of members who could have been nominated.

All Lion members in the State of Tennessee are classified as being in Multiple District 12. The State further divides the Club members into six Districts that are identified with a letter from the word LIONS after the number 12. Cumberland County is included in District 12-0 along with 40 Clubs and over 1,050 members. Lion Byron has also earned the right to compete with “Lion of the Year” award winners from the other five Districts for the State of Tennessee “Lion of the Year” May 4-5.

Byron Buell joined the FFG Lions Club in January 2008 along with his wife Barbara.  He immediately and enthusiastically started participating in many club activities. He started working with one of the Sight Testing Teams that screen students in Cumberland County Elementary Schools his first year. He was asked to become chairman of the program in his second year and holds that position today.

Byron works closely with the school nurse to schedule dates each year when testing can be accomplished. He than coordinates the dates with team captains who contact volunteer members from the FFG Lions Club to carryout the testing. The teams have tested over 2,100 school children each year for the past 3 years.

Barbara and Byron moved to FFG from Rochester, NY after Byron retired from Eastman Kodak. They have both been very busy with several organizations in the Cumberland County area. They are both very active in the FFG Community Church where they regularly attend worship services and participate in many church related activities. Byron is the coordinator of the Men’s Fellowship programs as well as an usher and greeter. He now serves as Secretary for the group.

Both Barb and Byron give many hours to Habitat for Humanity. They received the 2010 Outstanding Participation in Community Service Award from this organization. They were also selected as the 2010 Cumberland County Senior Volunteers of the Year.

Two other organizations reap the benefits of time and service from Barb and Byron. The Peavine Care Center distributes weekly food and words of Faith to families requiring a helping hand – not a hand out. The Cumberland County Playhouse depends heavily on volunteers to carryout their events and programs. Barb and Byron are always ready to answer the call for help.

Byron Buell is continually willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors. He certainly fulfills the Lions Club motto, “WE SERVE.” He is wished much success in being named Tennessee State “Lion of the Year.”

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