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Career Education Program

By Submitted, 07/25/18 12:20 PM

Hope Lions Club member Milko Smith, left, hosted LaVennier Brown, right, vocational rehabilitation counselor, as the program speaker Monday for the local club. Brown, whose responsibility extends to Hempstead and Nevada counties, facilitates services from the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services of the Arkansas Department of Education Career Education program for individuals and families with identifiable needs from disabilities. Brown said the services her agency provides reinforce career opportunities for clients through educational advancement, and are not tied directly to drug and alcohol rehabilitation, but may, in some cases, stem from disabilities created by those causes. Information on services offered by the program may be obtained by calling 870-773-2807, or by contacting Brown at lavennier.brown@arkansas.gov online. – Ken McLemore for Hope Lions Club

The Hope Lions Club fosters numerous service activities through its membership that extend beyond the club’s formal program of service. Lions Jack Still, Milko Smith, Mike Malek and Jason Jobe teamed together to provide a pickup truck load of watermelons for the Pediatric Cancer Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Noon Lions President Linda Clark and Lion James Clark were on hand as Still and Smith prepared to transport the melons to Little Rock on Tuesday. Noted worldwide for its record watermelons, Hope is preparing for the annual Hope Watermelon Festival, Aug. 10-11. The Hope Lions Club will be on hand at the festival Aug. 10 to serve its famous fried catfish dinners from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Hope Fair Park Community Center. – Ken McLemore for Hope Lions Club