Boardman Lions President Terry Shears spoke on the undertaking as on Wednesday, Oct. 26, fellow members joined in the planting of an Ohio buckeye tree in recognition of Lion Lloyd “Bud” Jenkins' efforts to revitalize the club during his many years of service.
Jenkins placed the first scoop of mulch around the newly planted timber, joined by numerous attendees who followed suit. A cake and punch reception followed at the Georgianna Parker Community Center.
Shears thanked Lion Joyce Mistovich, as well as Elliot’s Nursery, for what he said he was surprised to find was the rather difficult task of finding an Ohio buckeye tree. The tree was to accomplish a twofold task: new foliage for Boardman Park, and honoring a man he referred to as a “root” of the Boardman Lions Club.
Sharing that Jenkins once said, “Boardman Lions will not go down while I’m here,” he willed this club back, Shears said of Jenkins’ efforts to revive the club which now boasts numerous members. In addition, during his 32 years of service to the organization, Jenkins sponsored 11 members and received the perfect attendance award 32 times.
Roasting Jenkins “Letterman style,” Shears shared 10 reasons why a buckeye tree and Bud Jenkins are alike:
• Both are found throughout the state of Ohio.
• Both have a strong bark.
• Both can be put to many uses.
• Both are a very tough nut to crack.
• Both have deep roots in the area.
• Both are prickly on the outside and soft on the inside.
• The buckeye tree is one of a kind in Boardman Park, and Bud is one of a kind within the Boardman Lions Club.
• While the buckeye tree throws out buds in the spring, Jenkins has been known to throw back a few “Buds” in his time.
• Both are shady characters.
And the number one reason why a buckeye tree and bud Jenkins are alike; both grow much taller as they get older.
Sharing that all of the 32 years during which Jenkins has served as a Lion, his wife Jean, who was present for the ceremony, was by his side.
“We’re all so fortunate to have Bud in our lives and as a part of our families,” said Bill Rausch, Lions zone five chairperson.
“To honor your many contributions to Boardman Lions,” began Shears, “we plant this tree,” knowing that when it’s ready it will be our children and grandchildren who sit in its shade.
Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Present for a special tree planting and dedication at Boardman Park were members of the Boardman Lions Club including First Vice District Governor John Woodside, Zone five Chairperson Bill Rausch, Past International President Jim Coffey District Governor Dave Gauch, the guest of honor Lloyd 'Bud' Jenkins, and President Terry Shears.