Jonelle and Gale Prince (Photo submitted)
Local Lions Club mainstays Gale and Jonelle Prince were honored recently at the Lions Awards Dinner in Nashville.
Jonelle Prince received the Lindsey-Jennings Award and Past District Governor Gale Prince was inducted into the Tennessee Lions Hall of Fame.
The Murfreesboro Lions Club is one of more than 260 clubs in Tennessee, which aim to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.
One of the club’s main project is the sight program, which Gale Prince has volunteered the most time and effort.
He was involved in the photo screening of children’s eyes for 10 years during which time he screened more than 22,000 children. For this service, he and fellow Lion Billy Pearson received both thte Rutherford County Community Service Award and Lifetime Humanitarian Award in 2005.
Having served as president of both the Murfreesboro and Shelbyville Lions Clubs, Gale Prince represented the Murfreesboro Lions Club as district governor from 1999-2000 and has served on many local, district and state committees and is a 1993 Melvin Jones Fellow and has received several International President’s Certificates of Appreciation and Lion of the Decade.
In addition to his dedication to the Lions Club, Gale Prince is a first deacon of First Baptist Church, an MTSU Distinguished Alumnus, volunteer at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and member of the Blue Raider Athletic Association.
Gale Prince is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and served tours in France, Korea and Vietnam before retiring in 1978.
His wife, Jonelle Prince, was also honored with the Lindesy-Jennings Award for her 36 years of dedication to the Lions Club cause.
Jonelle Prince began as a charter member of the Murfreesboro Lioness Club in 1977 and has served on many local, district and state committees. She is a 1992 Melvin Jones Fellow and was awarded International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, Lion/Lioness of the Year and Lion of the Decade.
She is a trustee of First Baptist Church and board member of the BRAA, member of the Col. Hardy Murfree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteer at Saint Thomas Rutherford’s Wellness Center.
In 2000, Jonelle Prince retired after 32 years of service with Rutherford County where she was the chief deputy property assessor.
The Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Lions Clubhouse, located at 407 Hickerson Drive in Cannonsburgh Village.