Reported in Maryland African American Pride, Nov-Dec 2007
Dobson is the first Black District Governor for the Lions. The Ridgely Lions Club is home to Rodney P. Dobson who has made Eastern Shore history becoming the first African American to be elected District Governor for the nine county Maryland Eastern Shore Area. He was sworn in as District 22-B Governor July 2006 in Boston, MA. Dobson ended his tern with an end of the year (2007) banquet attended by over 300 people. He was awarded the District’s “Melvin Jones Award” for is outstanding leadership and service. He also received a resolution from the Ridgely Town Commission and an award from 95th Lions Multiple District Annual Convention Committee for distinguished leadership and outstanding service.
Dobson joined the Ridgely Lions Club in 1998 at the invitation of Al Boggess. He has been president of that Club and Zone Chairman. He was vice district governor prior to becoming one of the 754 governors from around the World. A Vietnam War veteran, Dobson is retired from over 36 years with the U.S. Postal Service. 2017 and he is also currently a member of the Ridgely Historical Society and has served on its board as secretary for over 10 years. He can be found in and around Denton and Ridgely (a hot dog vendor) selling Dobson’s Dogs, the “Dogs that don’t Bark”.