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Fayetteville Lions Club (Club 4949, District 12S)
Fayetteville, Tennessee, USA

P.O. Box 217, Fayetteville, TN 37334
  
 


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Calendar Lion Year 2014-2015: View as webpage or download in Adobe PDF format.


Upcoming Activities

Lions Diabetes Awareness Roadblock.  The Fayetteville Lions will conduct a "roadblock" at major Fayetteville intersections on Saturday, November 29th from 9 am to noon.  This year's roadblock is dedicated to diabetes awareness.  In addition to all of the other health issues associated with diabetes, it is also a leading cause of severe vision loss or even blindness.  Diabetic eye disease may include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

Travelers will be provided an information card on diabetes symptoms and prevention in exchange for their donation. All proceeds fund Lions services.

International President's Theme - Strengthen the Pride.  The International President Joe Preston 's Program Theme for 2014-2015 is “Strengthen the Pride ” doing so through stronger Service, stronger Clubs and greater Creativity. See more information, a brochure and a video on his theme.

                               

Upcoming guest speakers: Some of our meetings include a guest speaker and are open to the public.  Some upcoming speakers:

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Time: 6:15 PM with speaker presentations beginning at approximately 6:30
Location: Best Western Fayetteville Inn, 3021 Thornton Taylor Parkway

The meetings include a buffet supper. If you want to join us for the meal as well as the talk, meal cost is $8.35 payable to the Lion Treasurer at the time of the meal.

Please let us know you are coming by contacting Melody Thompson, Membership Director, (931) 625-6621 melody_thompson@me.com or Michael Whisenant, President, (931) 433-5873, mwhisenant@gsqmap.com . Please leave your name and phone number in case we need to contact you for changes.

Recent speakers and programs (Click 'Speaker' or Photo" to view a photo):

  • 11 Nov 14: Photo. Margaret Campbell, Supervisor of Special Education,  Lincoln County Schools. Topic: The Tennessee "Response to Instruction & Intervention" (RTI2) program and its relationship to the Eye Screenings that Lions provide.
  • 7 Oct 14: Photos. Laura Monks, Director of Fayetteville Center of Motlow College. Topic: The Tennessee Promise Free 2-Year Tuition Program and what Motlow can provide students.
  • 16 Sep 14: Photo. Ms. Crystal Guess, Junior's House, Topic. Junior House's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program
  • 19 Aug 14: Photos. 1st Vice District Governor Bob Davenport. Topics: International & District Goals for 2014-14; Fayetteville Awards
  • 15 Jul 14: Photo. Eric Jones, Principal of Fayetteville High School, spoke on FHS accomplishments since its transition from a Junior High to Senior.
  • 8 Jul 14: Photo. Dr. Farris Beasley Topic: D-Day, WW2
  • 17 Jun 14: Installation & Awards Celebration
  • 6 May 14: Photo. Dr. LeRoy Gurganious, Orthopedic Surgeon with Premier Orthopedic Associates. Topic: Osteoarthritis, knee replacement and alternative treatments.
  • 15 Apr 14: King Lion Cookout.
  • 1 Apr 14: Brian Clark from Edwards Jones. Topic: Long Term Care Coverage
  • 18 Mar 14: Photo: Peace Poster Contest. Two local winners showed their winning posters to the club before receiving their local $50 check and certificate.
  • 18 Mar 14: Photo: Dr. Chad E. Mathey of Tri-State Clinic of Chiropractic. Topic: Community Outreach on Health.
  • 4 Mar 14: Photo: Captain Joyce McConnell, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Investigator . Topic: Project Lifesaver Program to protect and locate missing persons due to wandering by victims of Alzheimer's, dimentia, autism and other conditions.
  • 4 Feb 14: Photos: Lions Zone F Meeting and Speakers Jim and Paula Ramsey, members of the Warren County Lions Club and members of the oversight committee for the Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville.
  • 21 Jan 14: Photo: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Investigators Mike Pitts & Jubal Ragsdale.  Topic: The local illegal drug situation and enforcement priorities.
  • 17 Dec 13: Photos: Holiday Banquet featuring musical program by Lion Jere Singleton.
  • 3 Dec 13 through Jan 21st: Photos: Drug Essay Contest. All 10 winners are invited to a club meeting to read their essays to the membership before receiving their local $100 check and certificate.
  • 15 Oct 13: Speaker: State Representative Pat Marsh. Topic: State of the State.
  • 1 Oct 13: Speaker: District Governor Tom Irwin. Topic: State of Lionism and Focus for District 12-S
  • 17 Sep 13: Speaker: Scott Collins, Fayetteville City Administrator.  Topic: His first impressions of Fayetteville's government leadership and his own background in municipal service.
  • 20 Aug 13: Speaker: Dr. Farris Beasley. Topic: Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 - the Camp Blount Reenactment in Fayetteville on September 27th (School Day) and 28th (Public).
  • 6 Aug 13: Speaker: Donna Hickerson, Manager of the Hampton Inn. Topic: Opening of New Hotel.
  • 9 Jul 13: Speaker: Elaine Middleton, Executive Director of the IDB. Topic: Industrial Development in Fayetteville/Lincoln County
  • 18 Jun 13: Installation & Awards Celebration
  • 30 Apr 13. Photos: 10th Annual King Lion Cookout.
  • 16 Apr 13. Speakers: Katie Gutherie, Lions Region 3 Chair. Topic: Greetings from the Region and District and Presentation of Member Longevity Awards. Jean Combs. Topic: Report on Completion of School Sight & Hearing Screenings.
  • 19 Mar 13. Photo. LCHS Principal Jacob Sorrels, Principal of LCHS. Topic: News of LCHS and Meeting State and Federal Standards.
  • 5 Mar 13. Photo: District Governor Richard Kulp. Topic: State of the District, Attracting New Members.
  • 19 Feb 13. Photos: Peace Poster Contest. Three local winners showed their winning posters to the club before receiving their local $50 check and certificate.
  • 8 & 15 Jan and 5 Feb 13. Photos: Drug Essay Contest. All 10 winners read their essays to the club before receiving their local $100 check and certificate.

Local News

Peace Poster Contest, 2014-15.

In October and November, the Fayetteville Lions Club sponsored Lincoln County schools' participation in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. "Peace, Love and Understanding" was the 2014-15 theme. Students of ages 11, 12 and 13 on November 15 are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of the contest theme, in the media of their choice, but without any words or lettering. Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. View a video about the international contest.

We had entries from 3 local schools.  Local judges declared one winner per school.  Each of these winners will be invited to a Lions meeting to show their winning design to the Fayetteville Club and be presented a certificate and a check for $100 from the Fayetteville Club.  These winning entries were forwarded to the Lions District 12S Headquarters, comprised of 49 clubs across Middle Tennessee, for the District competition.  The International grand prize winner in this contest receives $5,000 and a trip to a special award ceremony at "Lions Day with the United Nations" in New York City each year.

Our winners are listed below.  Congratulations to each of these great artist and also to our Contest Chairman, Lion Cal Perkins.

  • Karlee Wakefield from Fayetteville Middle School
    "I think that peace doesn't just mean no one is fighting, but it also means you treat everyone the way you want to be treated."
     

     

  • Ruth McKamey from Riverside Christian Academy
    "Peace is a gift from God that we don't deserve but desperately need."
     

     

  • Hannah Carley from Meridianville Middle School
    "Love is an action word!"
     

Lions Tip-Off Basketball Tournament, 2014.  Our annual Tip-Off Tournament, a week long double elimination event, was held November 1st to 7th.   It was held at the Ninth Grade Academy. The Tournament is for local 7th to 8th grade schools, with competition in both Boys and Girls categories.

Action started at 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday, and continued Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. each evening. This year the championship games were played on Friday Night. Entrance fee for spectators was $5 per day, with four games scheduled each night and if needed two additional games on Friday night to resolve the double elimination Champions. A concession stand was open throughout all games. All proceeds fund Lions services.

Click for the Game Schedule and Scores.

Fayetteville TN Lions Basketball 2014

Fayetteville Club Awards, Lion Year 2013-14.  During his club visit on August 19th, 1st Vice District Governor Bob Davenport gave awards to the Fayetteville Club for this past Lions Year that ended in June. Our club competes with all 47 other clubs in District 12-S Middle Tennessee including clubs in Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Winchester

The awards (photos) included:

  • District Lion of the Decade to Jim Neale
  • District Lion of the Year to Don Combs
  • Club of the Year 4th Place
  • Superior Club Award Medium Division
  • President Contest 3rd Place
  • Secretary Contest 4th Place
  • Outstanding Secretary Award to Mark Kelso
  • Outstanding President Award to Jim Neale
  • Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow Blake Copple
  • International Lion Recognition Award to Jim Neale for Disaster Relief Leadership
  • Lion Neale also recognized Melody Thompson as Co-Chair for the Disaster Relief efforts

Football Jamboree 2014.  Our 21st Annual Football Jamboree was held on August 9th, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the LCHS Falcon Field. See Elk Valley Times story and added photos. This is always a great event for the Lions, participating teams and fans alike. The competition was great, despite the usual August heat.

All profits from gate receipts, after covering the actual tournament expenses, are returned to the schools. All profits from the concession stand are returned to the community in the form of our Lions Service projects. They help fund eye exams and eyeglasses for needy Lincoln County residents, fund college scholarships, and many other worthy causes. 

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

Matchups and Scores:

  • Game 1 Huntland Hornets 16 vs Flintville Bobcats 6
  • Game 2 Blanche Bulldogs 0 vs South Lincoln Eagles 13
  • Game 3 Unity Lions 6 vs Highland Rim Hornets 22
  • Game 4 Tullahoma Wildcats Freshmen 0 vs Ninth Grade Academy Falcons 10

Sight and Hearing Screening at the Back to School Mobile Pantry Event, Jul 26th, 2014.  (photos) The Fayetteville Lions conducted sight and hearing screenings at the Back to School Mobile Pantry Event organized by Hands of Mercy Outreach Center. The event was held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds and included food boxes, backpacks, school supplies, new shoes, free haircuts, hot dogs & refreshments, as well as our sight and hearing screenings.

Mostly children were screened, although we will also did screenings for adults who requested.

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

Results: 

Location Persons Screened for Sight Number Referred for Sight Persons Screened for Hearing Number Referred for Hearing
Mobile Food Pantry 49 16 50 6

Adopt-A-Highway. Five years ago, the Fayetteville Lions volunteered under the state's Adopt-A-Highway Program, to adopt 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 July 12th, 2014 at 7 am - we beat the worst of the heat!  [photos] For more info on the state Adopt-A-Highway Program, click here.  To view a mandatory participant safety and training video, click here.

Installation and Awards Celebration, 2014.  This year's Installation and Awards Dinner with our spouses was held on June 17th, 2014 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.  Click for newly installed officers for Lion Year 2014-2015.

> Lion of the Decade Ray Landman
> Lion of the Year Jere Singleton

Fayetteville Lions Assist in Lincoln County Tornado Recovery Efforts. The Fayetteville Lions manned a station at the Tornado Relief Command Center (former Ford Dealership in Park City) from May 10 through 17th. We were able to access a limited amount of Grant funding from Lions International in assisting with unfulfilled needs that the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency requests our help with.  This included procurement of items such as wheel barrels, shovels, rakes, tarps, as well as distribution of WalMart cash cards to assist those in immediate need for items not available at the relief center.

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

The club has also teamed with other organizations with monetary donations to address the ongoing needs of tornado victims.  We made donations to South Lincoln Elementary (for office and school supplies), Flintville Elementary (to assist Special Needs Students impacted by the tornado, photo), the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Good Samaritan org (for food supplies and utilities assistance, photo) and the Hands of Mercy Outreach Center.

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

In addition, the club agreed to help from our own local club funds and a generous member donation, with at least one unique project that did not meet eligible criteria of Lions International funding or that of any other funding source that EMA had reached out to.  A resident of Gray’s Lane just east of Park City was basically cut off from the outside world due to a tornado related flash flood on April 28th. The wheelchair bound resident lives at the end of a private lane that crosses a creek about 30 yards in front of his house. Vehicle crossed over a culvert topped with a concrete cattle guard. During the storm a large log floated down the flooded stream and turned the culvert bridge into an effective moat. Lion Marshall Arney, currently the longest serving member of the Club, volunteered to lead the repair effort.  He made a contract with Curber’s Inc., a general contracting company owned by Mr. R.L. Kent. Mr. Kent agreed to do this job at a very reasonable cost and with this agreement and a very generous donation of some of the needed material ,the job was accomplished in short order.

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

Finally, the club will accelerate processing of requests for eyeglass replacement for tornado victims; the normal request for assistance form should be used and the normal criteria for determining financial need and lack of insurance or TennCare will apply.

Commercial Sight and Hearing Screening at Franke, C&S Plastics and Lincoln County Health Systems, May 2014.  Lions manned the Sight and Hearing Van to conduct screenings at Franke Food Service Inc on 15 May (photos) and C&S Plastics on 22 May (photos).  Then we did sight screening only using our club's own machine at the Lincoln Care Center and Lincoln Medical Center on 28 & 29 May (photo).

Results: 

Location Employees Screened for Sight Number Referred for Sight Employees Screened for Hearing Number Referred for Hearing
Franke Food Service 10 2 14 1
C&S Plastics 33 10 36 10
Lincoln Health Systems 55 24 N/A N/A

Lion Scholarships, 2014. The winners of Fayetteville Lions Club annual scholarships are listed below.  They were recognized at a club meeting on July 15th (photo). See more information about these annual scholarships on our Services page. The Point of Contact is Ricky Kimbrough, Scholarships Chair, (931) 433-8284.

  • Academic:
    • Kayle Russell, LCHS.  Kayle will receive $1,500 to attend Lipscomb University as a Communications Major.
  • Era P Jones:
    • Laura Megan Shelton, LCHS. Laura will receive $1,500 to attend University of Tennessee with Undetermined Major.

New Lions Orientation. An orientation for new Fayetteville Lions who have recently joined our club was conducted at the Best Western Fayetteville Inn on May 12th 2014.  The agenda focused on the Fayetteville Club operations and projects, as well as our Lions District and Lions International. Session materials included PowerPoint charts, videos, a quiz, and "Smart Book" handouts. The preparation of orientation materials and organization of the event was done by Lion Blake Copple, Attendance & Retention Chairman.

Click here for photos, here for a copy of the agenda, and here for a copy of the training presentation.

Adopt-A-Highway. The Fayetteville Lions have volunteered to adopt the first two miles of US 64 East (Winchester Highway) starting near the intersection of Thornton Taylor Parkway. [photo]  Our Quarterly cleanup event was held on April 19th, 2014 at 8 am.  We met at the Kid's Park parking lot. For more info on the state Adopt-A-Highway Program, click here.  To view a mandatory participant safety and training video, click here.

Fayetteville Lions "Grand Ole Opry" Stone Bridge Park Benefit. 

The Fayetteville Lions held a new fundraiser at the Booneshill Community Center on Red Oak Road on Saturday, April 5th. The event include a delicious BBQ supper under the direction of Mildred McNatt at 5 PM. The supper was followed by a "Grand Ole Opry" style variety show at 7 PM and finally drawings and an auction. The primary purpose of this event was to support construction of a log cabin stage for the musical entertainment groups that frequently perform in Fayetteville's Stone Bridge Park.

See an Elk Valley Times article on the proposed stage and the Lions Fundraiser here.

 

 

 

 

Peace Poster Contest, 2013-14, 3rd Place in 2014 District Contest.

In October and November, the Fayetteville Lions Club sponsored Lincoln County schools' participation in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. "Our World, Our Future" was the 2013-14 theme. Students of ages 11, 12 and 13 are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of the contest theme, in the media of their choice, but without any words or lettering. Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.

We had entries from 2 local schools.  Local judges declared one winner per school.  Each of these winners was invited to a Lions meeting to show their winning design to the Fayetteville Club and be presented a certificate and a check for $50 from the Fayetteville Club.  These winning entries were forwarded to the Lions District 12S Headquarters comprised of 41 clubs across Middle Tennessee. Tucker Lucas won Third Place and $200 at the District.  The International grand prize winner in this contest receives a trip to a special award ceremony at "Lions Day with the United Nations" in New York City each year.

Our winners are listed below.  Congratulations to each of these great artist and also to our Contest Chairman, Lion Cal Perkins.

  • Tucker Lucas  from Riverside Christian Academy; 3rd Place District [photo]

  • Allie Franklin from Meridianville Middle School [photo]

Elections for Lion Year 2014-2015. This slate of directors and officers was elected during our March 18th meeting.  They will serve from July 2014 through June 2015.

  • President                                                                        Michael Whiseant

  • 1st Vice President                                                          Mark Kelso

  • 2nd Vice President                                                        Tracy Simmons

  • 3rd Vice President                                                         Blake Copple

  • Secretary                                                                        Blake Copple

  • Vice Secretary                                                                Melody Thompson

  • Treasurer                                                                        Randy Fowler

  • Lion Tamer                                                                     Delano Light

  • Tail Twisters                                                                   Ricky Kimbrough /Regina Ussery

  • 1 Year Directors                                                             Larry Ventress/Mildred McNatt

  • 2 Year Directors                                                             Chet Dailey/ Gary Wright

  • Membership Director                                                   Melody Thompson

  • Membership #1                                                             Ricky Kimbrough 

  • Membership #2                                                             Don Combs

  • Past President                                                               Jim Neale

Sight and Hearing Screenings. The Lions conduct annual sight and hearing screening in our local schools (grades K, 2, 4, 8, 9 & Special Education).  We also do screenings at local health fairs and local industries upon request. In addition, we conduct 'Photoscreenings' of preschool children for eye disease, in a program coordinated with the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Jean Combs and Lion Don Combs have completed this years screenings in ten Lincoln County and Fayetteville schools. 2470 children were screened for sight and hearing of which 10.9% were referred for professional exam. Referrals included 246 for sight and 23 for hearing.

Eyeglasses Recycling. Lions collect used eye glasses and hearing aids to make them available to people in developing countries. The used eyeglasses are cleaned and classified by prescription. The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lion volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries. We have bright yellow collection 'mailboxes at Carter's Drug, Wal-Mart and the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Recycle Center. At our February 4th, 2014 meeting the Chair of our Sight/Hearing Preservation Committee reported collection of 400 pair of eyeglasses and 27 lens from our WalMart location.

Adopt-A-Highway. The Fayetteville Lions have volunteered to adopt the first two miles of US 64 East (Winchester Highway) starting near the intersection of Thornton Taylor Parkway. [photo]  Our Quarterly cleanup event was held on January 25th, 2014 at 8 am - BRRR!  We met at the Kid's Park parking lot. For more info on the state Adopt-A-Highway Program, click here.  To view a mandatory participant safety and training video, click here.

Fayetteville Lions Conduct Eyesight Photoscreenings 2013.  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 2013/14 the Fayetteville Club screened 248 children in local pre-school and day care centers.

Drug Essay Contest, 2013-14. 

In November and December, the Fayetteville Lions Club sponsored participation by Lincoln County schools in the Annual Tennessee Lions District 12S Drug Essay Contest. The goal of this contest is to encourage young people in our community to develop personal convictions about avoiding the pitfalls of recreational drug use. Each participating student was challenged to write an essay of not more than 1500 words on this year's theme: "How Drugs Affect Teenagers Lives."

The Lions had tremendous participation again this year with 454 entries from across 10 schools. Local judges declared one winner per school. The winners and their parents were invited to Lions Club meetings from Dec 17th to Feb 4th where each winner was presented a check for $100 and given the opportunity to read their essay to the club members and guests. Plaques on permanent display in each participating school will be updated with this year's winner.

The overall winning entry across all schools was Amelia Cash from Lincoln County High School. Her essay was forwarded to the Lions District Headquarters where it will compete for one of 5 cash awards ranging from $100 to $750. The District winners will be announced at the District Convention in Lebanon, TN on February 15th. Students from Lincoln County have been winners in this District contest in nine of the past eleven years.

Congratulations to all these fine writers and to the Committee Chair, Lion Jim Neale! The winners at each school were:

  • Amelia Cash from Lincoln County High School [photo]
  • Sadie Wolaver from South Lincoln [photo]
  • Kaitlyn Helums from Ninth Grade Academy [photo]
  • Maggie Cunningham from Fayetteville High [photo]
  • Savannah Parriott from Unity [photo]
  • Erin Young from Fayetteville Intermediate School [photo]
  • Kali Pigg from Flintville [photo]
  • Lydia Johnsey from Highland Rim [photo]
  • Jules Mayes from Blanche [photo]
  • Mary Grace Hamilton from Riverside Christian Academy [photo]

Apple Sale, 2013.  During November we offer apple by the case, half case or dozen, to local businesses, organizations and individuals.  Contact any Fayetteville Lion.  We will hold our Annual Lions Apple "Roadblock", conducted at high traffic intersections throughout Fayetteville on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 9 AM to Noon.  This year's roadblock was on November 30th and was a success. Passing motorist were provided a shiny red apple in exchange for the donation of their choice. The Apple Sale Chairman is Delano Light.

 
From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

Lions Tip-Off Basketball Tournament, 2013.  Our annual Tip-Off Tournament, a week long double elimination event, was held on Saturday, October 26th through Saturday, November 2nd at the Ninth Grade Academy. The Tournament is for local 7th to 8th grade schools, with competition in both Boys and Girls categories.

Action started at 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday, and continued Monday through Thursday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. each evening. The championship games were played the following Saturday starting at 12:45. Entrance fee for spectators was $5 per day, with six games scheduled for the opening day. A concession stand was open throughout all games. All proceeds fund Lions services.

Congratulations to Tournament champs Riverside Christian Academy (Girls) and Fayetteville Middle School (Boys)!

Click for photos.
Click for the Game Brackets, Schedule and Scores.
 

Adopt-A-Highway. The Fayetteville Lions have volunteered to adopt the first two miles of US 64 East (Winchester Highway) starting near the intersection of Thornton Taylor Parkway. [photo]  Our Quarterly cleanup event was held on October 5th, 2013 at 7 am.  We met at the Kid's Park parking lot. For more info on the state Adopt-A-Highway Program, click here.  To view a mandatory participant safety and training video, click here.

Fayetteville Club Awards, Lion Year 2012-13.  During his club visit on October 1st, District Governor Tom Irvin gave awards to the Fayetteville Club for this past Lions Year that ended in June. Our club competes with all 47 other clubs in District 12-S Middle Tennessee including clubs in Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Winchester

The awards (photo) included:

  • Most Money Spent on Sight & Hearing (First Place, All Club Sizes - $25,377)
  • Most People Screened (Second Place, All Club Sizes – 4,841)
  • Club of the Year (First Place in Medium Clubs Division)
  • Superior Club Award (Medium Clubs Division)
  • Outstanding President to Don Combs (Medium Clubs Division)
  • Outstanding Secretary to Mark Kelso (Medium Clubs Division)

Football Jamboree 2013.  Our 20th Annual Football Jamboree was held on August 10th, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the LCHS Falcon Field. View pictures. This is always a great event for the Lions, participating teams and fans alike. The competition is always great, despite the usual August heat.

All profits from gate receipts, after covering the actual tournament expenses, are returned to the schools. All profits from the concession stand are returned to the community in the form of our Lions Service projects. They help fund eye exams and eyeglasses for needy Lincoln County residents, fund college scholarships, and many other worthy causes. 

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

Read coverage of the matchups in the Elk Valley Times here.  The scores:

  • Flintville Bobcats 14 vs Huntland Hornets 0
  • South Lincoln Eagles 21 vs Unity Lions  0
  • Blanche Bulldogs 14 vs Highland Rim Hornets 6
  • Ninth Grade Academy Falcons 7 vs Tullahoma JV Wildcats 14

New Lions Orientation. An orientation for new Fayetteville Lions who have recently joined our club was conducted at Melody's Restaurant, Fayetteville on July 23rd 2013.  The agenda focused on the Fayetteville Club operations and projects, as well as our Lions District and Lions International. Session materials included PowerPoint charts, videos, a quiz, and "Smart Book" handouts. Several senior Lions participated as "instructors" for various sections of the agenda. The preparation of orientation materials and organization of the event was done by Lion Blake Copple, Attendance & Retention Chairman.

Click here for photos from past orientations, here for a copy of the agenda, and here for a copy of the training presentation.

Sight and Hearing Screening at the Back to School Mobile Pantry Event, Jun 22nd, 2013.  (photos) The Fayetteville Lions conducted sight and hearing screenings at the Back to School Mobile Pantry Event organized by Hands of Mercy Outreach Center w/ Lincoln County Health Council as a partner. The event held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds included food boxes, backpacks, school supplies, new shoes, free haircuts, health screenings and info, face painting, animal balloons, games, hot dogs & refreshments, as well as our sight and hearing screenings.

Mostly children were screened, although we also did screenings for adults who requested.

From Fayetteville TN Lions Club Photos

Results: 

Location Persons Screened for Sight Number Referred for Sight Persons Screened for Hearing Number Referred for Hearing
Mobile Food Pantry 52 15 39 4

Installation and Awards Celebration, 2013.  This year's Installation and Awards Dinner with our spouses was held on June 18th, 2013 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.  Click for newly installed officers for Lion Year 2013-2014.

> Lion of the Decade Larry Ventress
> Lion of the Year Vince Kearns

Sight and Hearing Screening at Franke, Paletec and Lincoln Medical Center.  Lions manned the Sight and Hearing Van to conduct screenings at Franke Food Service Inc on 15 May (photos), Paletec Manufacturing on 22 May,  and Lincoln Health System Centers on 29 & 30 May (photo).

Results: 

Location Employees Screened for Sight Number Referred for Sight Employees Screened for Hearing Number Referred for Hearing
Franke Food Service 38 10 39 5
Paletec Maunfacturing 32 4 32 11
Lincoln Health Systems 58 26 53 15

Lions Recognized as Gold Sponsor to SkillsUSA. On May 7th the Fayetteville Lions were recognized as a Gold Sponsor by the LCHS Chapter of SkillsUSA at their end of year Celebration Dinner.

Lion Scholarships, 2013. The winners of Fayetteville Lions Club annual scholarships are listed below.  See more information about these annual scholarships on our Services page. The Point of Contact is Ricky Kimbrough, Scholarships Chair, (931) 433-8284.

  • Academic:
    • Kylie Ann Elliott, LCHS. $1,500.  Kylie (photo) will attend Motlow State Community College to study Computer Science.
  • Era P Jones:
    • Corey Lee Albert from Riverside Christian Academy. $1,000. Corey (photo) will attend Freed-Hardeman University to study Pre-Pharmacy.
    • Jessica Diane Swedenburg from LCHS. $1,000. Jessica (photo) will attend Motlow State Community College to study Patent Law.

Sight and Hearing Screenings. The Lions conduct annual sight and hearing screening in our local schools (grades K, 2, 4, 8, 9 & Special Education).  We also do screenings at local health fairs and local industries upon request. In addition, we conduct 'Photoscreenings' of preschool children for eye disease, in a program coordinated with the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Jean Combs has completed this years screenings in ten Lincoln County and Fayetteville schools. 2522 children were screened for sight and hearing of which 12.6% were referred for professional exam. Referrals included 248 for sight and 70 for hearing.

Member Longevity Awards. On April 16th, Katie Gutherie, Lions Region 3 Chair, presented of Longevity Chevrons to the following Fayetteville Lions:

  • 40 Year: Joe Askew and Tom Holland
  • 25 Year: Rickey Kimbrough
  • 15 Year: Larry Ventress, Ray Landman
  • 10 Year: Gary Wright, Delano Light

Fayetteville Sponsored Drug Essay Wins 1st Place in 2013 District Contest. For the second year in a row, the Fayetteville Club's sponsored Drug Essay captured First Place in the Lions District 12S which is comprised of 41 clubs across Middle Tennessee!

  • Kristina McCauley from Flintville School (1st Place $750) [photo]

Peace Poster Contest, 2012-13, 1st & 2nd Place in 2013 District Contest.

In October and November, the Fayetteville Lions Club sponsored Lincoln County schools' participation in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. "Imagine Peace" was the 2012-13 theme. Students of ages 11, 12 and 13 are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of the contest theme, in the media of their choice, but without any words or lettering. Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.

We had entries from 3 schools in the county.  Local judges declared one winner per school.  Each of these winners was invited to a Lions meeting to show their winning design to the Fayetteville Club and be presented a certificate and a check for $50 from the Fayetteville Club.  These winning entries were forwarded to the Lions District 12S Headquarters comprised of 41 clubs across Middle Tennessee. Carter Gleghorn won First Place and $300 and Hunter Smith won Second and $250 at the District.  Carter's poster was then forwarded to compete at Multi-District Level and potentially at Lions International.  The International grand prize winner receives a trip to a special award ceremony at "Lions Day with the United Nations" in New York City.

Our winners are listed below.  Congratulations to each of these great artist and also to our Contest Chairman, Lion Cal Perkins.
 

  • Carter Gleghorn from Riverside Christian Academy; 1st Place District [photo]

  • Hunter Smith from Unity School; 2nd Place District [photo]

  • Apral Milan from Meridianville Middle School [photo]

Lions Make Final Payment for the Don Davidson Park/Lions Club Softball Complex. The City of Fayetteville has accepted our final payment (see photo) on our obligation on the Don Davidson Park / Lions Club Softball Complex off Wilson Parkway. The Lions paid half of the original construction costs in 1979, then ongoing maintenance and improvements via an annual payout plan. Having completed the original obligation, we agreed to payments for four new scoreboards that were installed in 2002. Overall, the Lions contributed over $75,000 to the complex.

Early on the Recreation Board board did not have the funds for maintenance of the complex so the Lions helped provide maintenance funds for several years. Just after the fields were built, the Elk river flooded covering the fields and swamping the concession stand with 6 feet of water. The Club was heavily involved in reseeding the fields using Lions member owned machinery. The three pavilions in the park were built in the 80's by the Lions who helped bare the expense with funds and manual labor.

In the 80s and 90s the Lions Club hosted an annual slo-pitch softball State championships with Men's and Women's Divisions. At its height, more than 100 teams participated and additional fields at Lynchburg and Hazel Green were used.

District Governor Sam Muse Sworn In

We are very proud to report that Fayetteville Lion Sam Muse was sworn in as District 12S Governor at the Lions International Convention in Chicago on 2-6 July, 2007.  Lion Sam becomes only the third Lion from the Fayetteville Club to become District Governor, following in the footsteps of Lion Pangle Stewart, PDG 12-I 1968-69 and Lion Larry Robertson, PDG 12-S 1988-1989 and State Council Chairman of Governors 1989-1990. Lion Sam's work with the Leo Clubs is known throughout the District.  His dedication to the Lions Club is indisputable.  Lion Jim Neale will serve Lion Sam and the District as Cabinet Secretary.

60th Anniversary Celebration

On April 24, 2007 the club held a Banquet to celebrate our 60th Year Anniversary.  Special guests included Fayetteville Mayor Gwen Shelton and Past International Director Billy Pearson of Murfreesboro.  PID Pearson presented certificates from International President Jimmy Ross to Lions Pangle Stewart, Larry Robertson, Sam Muse, and Jim Neale.

Our special guest speakers delivered congratulations and presented inspiring challenges to the club as we move forward in Lionism. The speakers were:

  • Past International President Ed Lindsey of Lawrenceburg (Opening Remarks)
  • Past International Director Allen Broughton of Brentwood (Keynote)

State, National & World News

Lions Support Disaster Relief for Southeast Tornados. On April 27, a deadly tornado outbreak in the U.S. killed over 300 people, left thousands homeless, and caused millions of dollars in damage across eight states. Tornado winds reached speeds of 200 mph and some of the tornados were a mile wide. Through this destruction, Lions have been there to help community members and fellow Lions with emergency relief assistance.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded 16 emergency grants to districts in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia (a total of US $160,000.) In addition to these emergency grants, LCIF is mobilizing US$250,000 to support Lions efforts in the effected states. This amount includes a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant. Local Lions will use these grants to provide immediate relief supplies, including food, water, clothing, and medication.

International Director Yamandu Acosta from Eufaula, Alabama has stated, "We are lamenting 209 deaths in Alabama and the tremendous physical destruction is appalling…The Pleasant Grove community was so heavily struck that the only thing left are the paved roads…The pictures do not [do] justice to the level of the destruction… The Lions are present in the area with food, water and medicine vouchers, and we will make every effort to relieve as much as we can the pain and despair they are living at this moment."

LCIF has established a designated fund for donations, the U.S. Southern States Tornado Disaster Fund. LCIF can accept donations by check, wire or credit card.
To make a donation, please visit: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/lci-foundation/supporting-our-work/make-a-donation/index.php

For more information, please visit:


http://blog.lionsclubs.org/2011/04/29/story-of-the-week-lions-lcif-providing-disaster-relief-for-tornado-victims-in-u-s/

or http://www.lcif.org/EN/our-programs/disaster/us-southern-storms.php

Lions-Measles Initiative Pilot Program to Protect 41 Million Children from Measles. The Lions and LCIF have joined a world-wide effort spearheaded by the Measles Initiative to protect children from measles – a leading cause of childhood blindness. This special Lions-Measles Initiative pilot program will take place in four African countries – Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mali and Nigeria. The Lions-Measles Initiative pilot program is being funded in part by a US$400,000 grant to LCIF from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. LCIF is providing an additional US$300,000 to support the project.

Lions in the four pilot countries will help manage the program locally. Our members will be directly involved in social marketing and vaccination activities, and Lions’ leadership teams will coordinate program implementation with Ministries of Health and other Measles Initiative partners. International LCIF Chairperson Eberhard Wirfs took part in an immunization clinic in Madagascar. In seven days, our effort reached 2.6 million people in Madagascar alone. Overall, we hope to reach at least 95 percent of children ages 9 to 47 months in Ethiopia, Mali, Madagascar and Nigeria by early 2011.

Read more about the initiative and view a video here.

LCIF Ranked Best NGO Worldwide

In a special report released Thursday, July 5, 2007, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) ranked best among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide. From 34 global organizations, LCIF came in first for its execution of programs, demonstrated accountability, communications internally and externally, program adaptability to the surrounding community, and understanding the goals of its corporate supporters. The assessment was published in the Financial Times' Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy special report. The full story can be read online at http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/lions_lcif_times.shtml.

 

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