Azalea President Doug Taggart Awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship

Doug Taggart, President of Azalea Charities, was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship from the Lions Club International Foundation at a recent ceremony held at the Montclair Lions Club in Dumfries, Virginia.

As recognition of humanitarian work, an MJF is an honor presented to those who donate $1,000 to LCIF or to people for whom a donation was made by others.  The Fellowship was established in 1973 and the Progressive program began in 1986 in response to Lions’ request for a way to extend their commitment to LCIF. Donations through MJFs provide 75 percent of the Foundation’s annual revenue. As of January 2016, there are 386,804 MJF recipients and 75,067 PMJF recipients worldwide. All MJFs are invited to the annual luncheon held at the convention (ticket purchase required). The MJF luncheon began in 1984 and has been held at each convention since then. The names of MJFs are displayed on a computer in the LCIF Room at the International Headquarters.