Lion honored for 50 years of service _lowres

Photo provided by Beth Dawson -- The Jackson Lions Club honored member Leroy Harvey, left, with the Chevron Award for his 50 years of service to the organization at their Feb. 11 meeting. Lions International 8-N District Governor of Louisiana and Secretary/Treasurer of the Zachary Lions Club, Francoise Ratard, center, presented the award to Harvey, who attended the ceremony with his wife, Fran, at right.

Leroy Harvey, of the Jackson Lions Club and longtime volunteer for events and fundraisers in the Jackson community, was honored for his 50 years of service to the club Feb. 11.

The meeting and ceremony was held at the Jackson Civic Center, which he helped build.

Lions International 8-N District Governor for the Louisiana Lions Francoise Ratard, who also is secretary and treasurer of the Zachary Lions Club, presented Harvey with a 50-year Chevron award, which recognizes Lions for their long-term service, beginning at 10 years and continuing in five-year increments until 75 years of service.

An alumnus of McKowen High School in Jackson, Harvey enrolled in LSU, where he became a member of the ROTC.

Upon graduation from LSU, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving as a 2nd lieutenant and pilot from 1956 to 1959 in Morocco and Saudi Arabia. He traveled to many other military bases as a captain.

Upon returning home to Jackson, Harvey continued serving as a Jackson Lions Club member.

Fellow Lion Beth Dawson said Harvey is the kind of member who “always does whatever is needed to help the community.”

“He believes that when Lions get together, problems get smaller and communities get better,” Dawson said.