Belmullet Erris Lions Club was founded in 1997. Lions Clubs worldwide are made up of groups of service-minded men and women who are interested in doing volunteer work to improve their communities. Since its inauguration the Belmullet Erris Lions Club has taken on many projects for the general betterment and enhancement of their local community. One of their most significant undertakings is the annual 'Erris Person of the Year Awards' in association with the 'Western People' newspaper.
These annual awards are sponsored to commemorate the life and achievements of the late Eamon Shevlin of Belmullet. Eamon was a generous and true Errisman who, as well as managing his sucessful grocery business in Belmullet, was the well-known local correspondent of the 'Western People' for many years, until his death.
The 'Erris Person of the Year Award' was instituted to honour individuals who have served their community and who through their actions have inspired others. The nominee may not necessarily be resident in Erris but must be living within Ireland.
The 'Erris Exile of the Year Award' is open to persons born in Erris and who are now resident outside of Ireland, who have distinguished themselves by exceptional achievement whether through charitable, philanthropic or sporting endeavours, or notible commitment to the place of their birth. Belmullet/Erris Lions Club are aware of the many deserving Erris persons, at home and abroad who should be lauded and recognised for their achievements.
Entry Forms for these awards are printed in the 'Western People' newspaper in Jan/Feb each year. All entries should be sent by post and marked 'Erris Persons of Year Awards', Western People, Ballina, County Mayo. A full resume of the endeavours and achievements of nominees must accompany nominations. Other projects by the Belmullet Erris Lions Club include the "Message in a Bottle" emergency information scheme for the elderly, the 'Young Ambassador Youth Award' and the 'Men on the Move' activity programme.