District Governor Black speaks to Lions

Published 7:35 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2011

LIONS DISTRICT 18-C Governor Jimmy Black addresses the Bainbridge Lions Club Wednesday as club president Randy Dunlap looks on.

Lions District 18-C Governor Jimmy Black of Cordele challenged members of the Bainbridge  Lions Club Wednesday to continue to support their community through Lions projects.

“When you have a little 8-year-old girl and her grandparents come up to you, thank you for the glasses you provided for her and tell you she is now able to keep up with her class, it makes you proud to be a Lion,” he said.

“There is a new $3 million Atlanta facility, called the Georgia Lions Lighthouse For the Blind, which provides eye surgeries,” he said. “Then there is the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), which provides disaster relief to victims around the country and the world. After the severe flood damage in Albany and Newton, LCIF was there to help.”

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Black concluded his comments by telling two stories about how doing the right thing is always the path to take.

“Al Capone, the gangster who was involved in all kinds of organized crime in Chicago in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, had a lawyer named Easy Eddie,” he began. “He got Al Capone out of a lot of scrapes. He also had a son who had the best clothes, the best cars, and was really living well.

“One day Easy Eddie decided to go to the Chicago police and tell them all he knew about Al Capone. Later he was shot to death in front of his Chicago home.

“Some years later, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor which got us into World War II, a lieutenant and pilot named Butch O’Hare personally shot down five Japanese planes before being shot down and killed himself.

“Lieutenant O’Hare was the first winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago is named for him. Lieutenant O’Hare was the son of ‘Easy Eddie.’ Both died after doing the right thing.”