Elkins native is Lions Club leader

ELKINS — Rob Bright, of Fort Ashby, was elected and sworn in to serve a one-year term as district governor of West Virginia of the Lions Club International at the association’s 101st International Convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 29 through July 2.

Bright is the District 29 I Governor of West Virginia. His area of responsibility covers 16 counties. A member of the Fort Ashby Lions Club since 2002, he has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, second vice-district governor and first vice-district governor. In recognition of his service to the association, he received a Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to Lions Club International, Bright is active in numerous professional, church and community activities.

Bright graduated from Elkins High School in 1978. He received his bachelor of science in criminal justice from Marshall University with minors in business and sociology in 1982.

He retired as a department head from the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, with 32 years of experience. Over the course of his career, he worked at five correctional facilities.

Upon his retirement in January 2015, he began teaching criminal justice courses at Allegany College of Maryland.

Bright and his wife, Mary Jane — also a Lions Club International member and Melvin Jones Fellow — have one daughter, Nicole, a Lions Club International member who lives in Huntington. Bright is the son of Robert and Jaqueline Bright of Elkins.