Topouzoglou Of Pittsfield Receives Melvin Jones Award
John and Effie Topouzoglou
The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club recently held a special
meeting to honor a very special man and fellow Lion. John
Topouzoglou was awarded the Melvin Jones Award - a recognition
of humanitarian work through the Lions Club International.
Melvin Jones, the founder of the Association of Lions Clubs,
convinced members of his club that “selfless service to others
would create a better community - and a better world - for all.”
SELFLESS SERVICE definitely describes John Topouzoglou!
John was a long time member of the Pittsfield-Barnstead Lions
Club that disbanded a number of years ago. In 2012, a
group of citizens joined together to reinstate a local Lions
Club to serve the Pittsfield/Barnstead area. John was one
of the first people to join and get the new club (Suncook Valley
Area Lions Club) up and running. He faithfully attends the
monthly meetings and helps out at all of the events that the
Lions Club sponsors (Booths at Old Home Day and Balloon Rally,
yard sale and food booth at the Penny Sale). He is
the Chairperson of the Eyeglass Collection Committee. He
collects hundreds of glasses from the community and coordinates
the donation of them to Lions Club International to be fixed and
distributed to those in need of eyewear.
On Sept. 12, 2016, John Topouzoglou was presented with the
Melvin Jones Award by Lions Club 44H District Governor, Al
Goldstein, Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer, Robert Gustafson and
Suncook Valley Area Lions Club President, Larry Williams.
Fellow Lions Club members, community members and John’s family
celebrated him with a potluck dinner, delicious cake and social
time. Congratulations John!!! Thank you for all you
do for our community.