Lions Club members honored with presentation of benches

From Staff Reports
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On June 28, the Black Mountain Lions Club gifted the Marjorie McCune Community with two park benches.

These benches were presented at a dedication ceremony honoring a pair of exceptional Lions, past district governor Edward West and Ethel West.

Ethel was a member of the Black Mountain Lions Club and served as the club secretary for many years. She passed away peacefully in 2016.

Kevin West, son of Ed and Ethel West, stands between two benches presented to the Marjorie McCune Community on June 28 in honor of his parents. The benches, which were donated by the Black Mountain Lions Club, recognized the work done by the Wests on behalf of the organization.

Ed joined the Swannanoa Valley Lions Club in 1973 and held many offices in the club. He served as governor of District 31A for the 1994-1995 Lions’ year and served in numerous other capacities at both the local and state level.

He and Ethel traveled and attended many events promoting Lionism. They were dedicated in their work of helping others, especially the visually impaired individuals at the McCune Center.

Ed became an associate member of the Black Mountain Lions Club in 2015. He now resides at the N.C. State Veterans Home on Lake Eden Road and continues to be active in club events.

His son, Kevin West, was present for the dedication of the benches. Each bench contains a special plaque honoring them.