H. Eddie Nicholson, an 82-year-old Provo man who has been helping others since he was a Boy Scout, is the winner of the 1989 Humanitarian Award Medal from the Utah Lions Clubs.
Utah Lions Foundation chairman Donald G. Wardle said Nicholson initiated and completed many humanitarian projects during a lifetime of community service. As president of the Provo Lions, Nicholson started the club selling brooms for the blind. He has not missed a Lions meeting for 42 years and for 20 years has participated in every yearly Lions pancake days fund-raiser.The club recently purchased a $1,000 Melvin Jones Fellowship through Lions Club International Foundation in Nicholson's name. This money will be used to give sight to the blind, jobs to the disabled and comfort to victims of natural disasters, Wardle said.
He helped the Girl Scouts buy a ranch and install a culinary water system, and donated money and time in setting up white crosses and American flags to honor veterans buried in Provo City Cemetery. He has also helped establish a health clinic for senior citizens, started the first Yule Fair to sell handicrafts made by senior citizens, and helped install a shooting range for youth.
Nicholson received the Outstanding Provo Senior Citizen Award in 1984, the Outstanding Lion Award in 1972, and Award of Merit of the American Red Cross. He retired after 48 years with First Security Bank, including service as vice president for real estate.
In previous, years the Utah Lions have presented their annual humanitarian award to distinguished individuals outside the organization, Wardle said.