Dartford resident, Lion Arthur Fletcher had been a lion since the 1980’s. Since he had joined Dartford Lions Club he was a ‘real driving force’ behind fundraising for the club. Despite some health issues, Arthur was always out with the clubs famous Carousel at fetes and family festivals etc, in his spare time he’d be part of a handful of members,
Quilt in Memory of Lion Arthur Fletcher
who in their spare time, would check on all the fundraising equipment to ensure that everything was in great working order.
In October 2019, Lion Arthur was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship, The history of the award dates back to 1973 when it was given its name in recognition of the founder of the Lions Club, Melvin Jones himself. The award is given to worthy recipients who are seen by the Lions Club as having had an outstanding commitment to humanitarian work. The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor given in Lionism which brings in factors such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate
Sadly in March 2020 Arthur passed away, however, in true style, his memory will live on for years to come. Arthur and Val’s daughter came across a post on facebook which was from a local knitting group. The group were asking for information on people who had lost loved-ones, the group would then knit a quilt in memory of the person.
Lion Les Philpes and Lion Graham Illsley presenting the Melvin Jones Award to Lion Arthur Fletcher 2019