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Forsyth County Lion’s Club, LHS Leo Club honor Clarence Lambert
LHS Leo Club
Members of the Forsyth County Lions Club and Lambert High School present Principal Gary Davison with a plaque honoring Clarence Lambert, the school’s namesake and a Lions Club member. From left, Bennett Shoemaker, Ryan Maguire, Geneve Lauby, Lions Club member Tom Curran, Davison, Lions Club Secretary Larry Shell and Vera Kee. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

The Late Educator Clarence Lambert was honored this week by a national service organization he served in and the Forsyth County school named in his memory.

On Monday morning, members of the Forsyth County Lion’s Club and Lambert High School’s Leo Club (the Lions Club’s youth organization), presented a plaque honoring the educator to the school’s Principal Gary Davison.

“Clarence Lambert was a very important [figure],” said Lion’s Club Secretary Larry Shell. “He contributed to the Lions Club and lots of other things in the community and just a fantastic person that supported this area. So, we chose to give the plaque to the school here since it’s named after Clarence.”

Shell said presenting the plaque was part of a push this year by all Lion’s Club groups to celebrate the group’s 100th year.

According to the school’s website, Lambert came to Forsyth County as the first principal of Forsyth County High School, now Forsyth Central High School, in 1955. He left the school system in 1972 to accept a position with the Georgia Department of Education. 

He returned to Forsyth in 1982 as assistant superintendent in charge of facilities on a part-time basis and served as interim superintendent until Dec. 31, 1988. In 1987, he was named as one of the top six educators for the state by the Georgia School Superintendents, the University of Georgia and the Georgia Education Leadership Academy.

'I kind of look at this as carrying on the legacy of Mr. Lambert with the students here at the school and the program they got going.'
Larry Shell, Lion’s Club Secretary

Shell said it was fitting to include students from the Leo Club.

“I kind of look at this as carrying on the legacy of Mr. Lambert with the students here at the school and the program they got going,” he said. 

The club is the only one in the county.

“We’re a community-based organization,” said Geneve Lauby, a junior. “We help the Gwinnett co-op. Recently, we just sponsored four children for Christmas … we also do social events where we get guest speakers because we focus on opportunity and experience, so we’re not just a volunteering club.”

Shell pointed out it was students who came to the Lion’s Club asking to be sponsored rather than the club coming to students and said it also got the group’s name out to young students.

“We want to be able to perpetuate the Lion’s Club activities … and this is the way you do it,” he said. “You start with the young people, then they hopefully grow up and they may go out and start their own Lion’s Club in a location that doesn’t have one or be really good contributors to ones already existing.” 

Tom Curran, a former president of the Lion’s Club, said Leo Club offered many service projects for students which could be of benefit when applying to college. 

“If you’re worried about the youth of today,” he said, “look around here.”