PICAYUNE — Picayune School Superintendent Dean Shaw and Senior Center Executive Director Darlene Adams were each recently honored with “Heart of a Lion Award” by the Picayune Noon Lions Club.
Lions Club District Governor Dwayne Simpson presented the awards and in his remarks, he related, “While not members of the Lions Club, we acknowledge the many traits they have exhibited, which reside in the hearts of all Lions Club members. They consistently attain the maxim of the Lions Club motto, ‘We serve.’ To them we offer our congratulations and gratitude for all of their many contributions, not only to their immediate interests, but to the breadth of the City of Picayune.”
Both are known for their big hearts and passion for helping others. While Shaw focuses on youth, Adams focuses on senior citizens. A trajectory which would not necessarily cross, but thanks to the Senior Center’s Community Business Advisory Council, which Adams chairs and of which Shaw is a member, they have been able to work closely on project collaborations.
This past year, the two of them collaborated on a project that brought honor roll students and senior center visitors together for a friendly game of BINGO at the center. Both seniors and students received prizes for winning games. Students also received gift cards to a local restaurant and school supplies.
“It was an honor to receive the award and an additional honor to share one with Dean Shaw. For my part, I felt like there should have been many more names added to the certificate than just mine,” said Adams. “It really does take a village, and our Community Business Advisory Council is just such a village. When we started the council to achieve our goal of accreditation for the center, we had no idea that we would still be going strong into our third year. We still have our core group of community leaders and it is as strong as ever. Issues are presented and get resolved. It is not only beneficially impacting our senior community but spilling over into the lives of our youth through collaboration with leaders like Dean Shaw.”
Shaw said of the award, “I’m very humbled and honored that the Lions of District 30 South would honor both Darlene Adams and myself in this way.
“I know we will both continue to work hard for our seniors and youth in this community. We truly have great children in this community, and I have been blessed to be able to play a small part in their lives. I encourage everyone in the community to work hard and try to make a difference in their lives.”
Lions President Fr. Jon Filkins said, “That both Dean Shaw and Darlene Adams demonstrate persistence in selfless giving to others, beyond their vocation and, coupled with limited resources, stands as an extraordinary example to others in our community. They have put their whole heart into serving the underserved of our community. Through their leadership many, who would be otherwise isolated or lonely, enjoy an enhanced quality of life through the comradeship and support they receive. I encourage everyone to congratulate them and endorse these vital efforts.”