District 12-S Organizational Meeting and Awards. Several Fayetteville Lions attended the District 12-S Organizational and Awards Meeting in McMinnville on July 18th. The District is made up of 47 clubs across Middle Tennessee. Awards presented to Fayetteville Club and members:

-Lion Marshall Arney, District 12-S Lion of the Year for 2014 (photo)
-Lion Melody Thompson, Zone F Lion Heart Award
-1st Place Medium Division Club of the Year and Superior Club
-1st Place All Divisions Most Money Spent on Sight & Hearing
-1st Place All Divisions Most People Screened
-2nd Place All Divisions Most Glasses Turned In for Recycle
-Club Patch for Achieving All Four Centennial Service Challenges
-Lion Michael Whisenant, 5th Place President Medium Division and Outstanding President 
-Lion Blake Copple, 2nd Place Secretary Medium Division and Outstanding Secretary

We consider these also to be awards to Fayetteville and Lincoln County. We could not provide these services to those in need in our community and county without public support of our fundraisers and activities!

Hands of Mercy Back to School Mobile Pantry.  The Lions Club did vision and hearing screenings again this year for the Back to School Mobile Pantry event on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. As in past years this annual event included food boxes, backpacks, school supplies, new shoes, free haircuts, hot dogs & refreshments, as well as our sight and hearing screenings.

We screened 40 children referring 2 for further sight exam and 3 for hearing.

Eyeglasses and Hearing Aid Recycling. Thank you Fayetteville and Lincoln County! In Lion Year 2014-2015 ended in June, the Fayetteville club collected and turned in 1638 pairs of glasses and 8 hearing aids. They are collected from our yellow "mailboxes" located at Carter's Drugs, WalMart and the Recycle Center, as well as from local schools and direct donations to our members. The eyeglasses are turned in to a Regional Lions Recycling Center where they are cleaned and classified by prescription. The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lion volunteers and other organizations hosting optical health missions in developing countries.

Adopt-A-Highway. The Fayetteville Lions have adopted two miles of US 64 East (Winchester Highway) starting at mile marker 18 near Lincoln Farmers Co-Op.  Our Quarterly cleanup event was held on June 20th, 2015. 

Installation and Awards Celebration, 2015.  This year's Installation and Awards Dinner with our spouses was held on June 16th, 2015 at the South Central Human Resource Agency on Winchester Highway.  Incoming officers were installed and awards presented for special achievements of the past Lion Year. [photos] Click for newly installed officers for Lion Year 2015-2016.

> Lion of the Decade Cal Perkins
> Lion of the Year Mark Kelso
> Melvin Jones Fellow Michael Whisenant

Annual Ad Sales for the Sports Program. Ad sales were completed a little bit earlier this year.  Thanks to all businesses, organizations and individuals who bought an "ad" this year! Proceeds fund our many Lion Services.  The ads go into a program that is given out at our Football Jamboree in August and our Tip-Off Basketball Tournament in October/Novenmber.

The Abernathy-Lions Log Cabin Stage at Stone Bridge Park.  The Stage had its ribbon-cutting on May 27, 2015. See front page article and photo in the Elk Valley Times. The inaugural use of the stage was on Jun 4th for the first Music in the Park concert of the season.

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

The Fayetteville Lions were the project sponsor and will pay all materials costs while Larry West and Primeland Construction has donated the construction labor. Several other businesses in the community helped in other ways. See some construction photos.

Sight Screening the Lincoln County Health System Employee Health Fair.  [Photo] Our Club conducted vision screening on the 27th and 28th of May. 61 people were screened and 20 were referred for professional exam.

Lion Scholarships, 2015. The winners of Fayetteville Lions Club annual scholarships are listed below.  They will recognized at a future club meeting. See more information about these annual scholarships on our Services page. The Point of Contact is Ricky Kimbrough, Scholarships Chair, (931) 433-8284.

  • Academic:
    • Will Gentry, LCHS.  Will will receive $1,500 to attend Tennessee Tech in Cookeville as a Music Education Major.
  • Era P Jones:
    • Patrick Wright, LCHS. [photo] Patrick will receive $1,500 to attend Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas as a Secondary Education Major.

Sight and Hearing Screenings. The Lions conduct annual sight and hearing screening of grades K, 2, 4, 8, 9 & Special Education in all ten Fayetteville and Lincoln County schools.  This year we were asked to add grades 1, 3 and 5 in the Lincoln County Schools.

Jean Combs and Lion Don Combs have completed this years program, screening 3071 children.  Of those 255 were referred for professional exam for vision and 13 for hearing.

Note that the Fayetteville Lions also conduct 'Photoscreenings' of preschool children for eye disease, in a program coordinated with the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.  Plus we do screenings at local health fairs and local industries upon request.

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

Adopt-A-Highway. The Fayetteville Lions have adopted two miles of US 64 East (Winchester Highway) starting at mile marker 18 near Lincoln Farmers Co-Op.  Our Quarterly cleanup event was held on March 21st, 2015.  We were thrilled this quarter to have a TN Achieves Student, Darrion King, from Fayetteville High School participate with us. Darrion is one of several High School Seniors being mentored by a Lion in the TN Achieves Program. TN Achieves serves as the partner gating program to the Tennessee Promise of free community or technical college tuition for every Tennessee high school student. One of the requirements for students to remain eligible is community service and our club was delighted to provide Darrion an opportunity for that.

Commercial Hearing Screening at Connor Industries. On March 12th, Lions conducted hearing screenings at Connor Industries. 44 employees were screened and 5 were referred for professional exam.

Fayetteville Lions Conduct Eyesight Digital Screenings 2014-2015.  Each year the Lions conduct 'Photoscreenings' of preschool children for eye disease, in a program coordinated with the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. The Lions use a SureSight Vision Screener, borrowed from another club in Lions District 12-S. This program is to help identify young children with visual problems during the first five years of life. Undetected and untreated problems during this critical period can prevent proper development of the brain's binocular function, resulting in amblyopia, or "lazy eye." In fact amblyopia is the leading cause of monocular blindness in United States' children. This process also screens for six major eye disorders including near and far sightedness, astigmatism, anisometropia (unequal refraction), media opacities (i.e. cataracts), and strabismus (misaligned eyes). With the SureSight Screener, a "photographic" image is taken of each eye and a digital printout of the measurements and information is sent to Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for professional evaluation. As indicated, parents are notified and the child referred for further in-office medical examination. Lions Ray Landman and Bill Jackson lead the photoscreening program.

In 2014/15 the Fayetteville Club screened 269 children in local pre-school and day care centers. There were 16 referrals for professional examination.

Fayetteville Sponsored Drug Essay Wins 2nd Place in 2014-2015 District Contest. The Fayetteville Club's sponsored Drug Essay captured Second Place in the Lions District 12S which is comprised of 49 clubs across Middle Tennessee!

  • Maggie Cunningham from Fayetteville High School (2nd Place $250) [2nd from right in photo]

LCIF Rated a 4-Star Charity. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has recently earned its third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for its effective fiscal management and its commitment to accountability and transparency.  LCIF's 4-star rating indicates that it consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 12 percent of the charities evaluated earned a third consecutive 4-star rating. This exceptional distinction means that LCIF outperforms most other charitable organizations in the United States. You can be confident your donations are being used in support of the programs for which they are intended.

Anyone can donate to LCIF from that Charity Navigator site or Lions can donate at the LCIF site so our club can also get credit towards a Melvin Jones Fellow designation.