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Lions Club to hold membership meeting July 22

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The Elizabethton Lions Club is looking to recruit individuals eager to make a difference in their community.

The local club will hold a membership meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, July 22, at First Christian Church in Elizabethton. Incoming President Alan Wilson said the membership meeting is an attempt to introduce the public to what the Lions organization is all about.

“Our motto is ‘We Serve,’” Wilson noted.

The Elizabethton Lions Club, which was chartered in 1999, has adopted as its main service projects providing eye exams and glasses for children and elderly people.

Wilson explained that screening children starts at age 4 to detect eye disease and early blindness.

He said the Elizabethton Lions Club serves the community in different ways, including lending support for the Children’s Prison Ministry and the summer backpack program to provide food for hungry children during the months they are on a break from school.

Wilson has been with the Lions Club International for the past 42 years and encourages the public to turn out and learn more about the work of the organization.

The upcoming membership meeting will feature two special guests, District Lions Club Gov. Mike McDonough and District Vice Gov. Ed Gibbons.

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.

“We want to give people some background on the Lions,” Wilson said.

The Elizabethton Lions Club meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Dino’s Restaurant in downtown Elizabethton.

Membership does require a one-time initiation fee of $50 and annual dues of $60. Membership includes subscriptions to a magazine and a newsletter.

The Elizabethton Lions Club is also planning some fund-raising events.

“We are having a new fund-raising project with a Paddleboat, Canoe and Kayak Race at Fish Springs Marina at Watauga Lake on Aug. 19,” Wilson said. Registration for the race begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Elizabethton Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world with more than 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs worldwide.

Founded in 1917, Lions Club International is known for fighting blindness, but the organization also strives to feed the hungry, aid seniors and the disabled and care for the environment.

For details on the Elizabethton Lions Club and any of its activities and events, call Wilson at 943-0899.

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