Naming the new Lions club

Ron Seybold guides discussion to name the newly formed Central Blount County Lions Club.

Ron Seybold guides discussion to name the newly formed Central Blount County Lions Club.

A small group of aspiring Lions met in an organizational session at One Way Outreach Ministries (Church) in Cleveland last week. First order of business: designate a name for the club as one of the requirements to apply for a charter. The club will serve the Locust Fork/Cleveland/ Nectar area. Last three names standing in the voting were Central Blount County Lions Club, Blount County Covered Bridge Lions Club, and Central Blount County Covered Bridge Lions Club. The shortest one won.

Requirement number two: elect an initial slate of officers. The new members obliged with the following: Steve Latta, president; Russell Murphree (pastor of One Way Outreach), secretary; Mike Miller, treasurer; and Joyce Miller, membership chairman.

Next: decide upon two projects to submit as initial service activities. Result: (1) re-establish the community food bank begun by One Way Outreach, but abandoned when food sources failed, and (2) offer to partner with the Locust Fork Parks and Recreation Department to assist in relocating playground equipment from its present site to a newly acquired piece of property adjoining.

Last order of business was to decide upon a time, place, and frequency of meeting. The outcome: meet at One Way Outreach fellowship hall once every two weeks on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p. m., with the exception of the month of February.

Meeting dates for this month will be Feb. 7 and Feb. 28, since the second Thursday falls on Valentine’s Day.

“We’re still looking for suggestions for more community service projects, so tell the people in the area to contact any Lion with suggestions,” Seybold said. “We’re looking for more members too, so anyone who is interested is welcome to attend our meetings. They’re open to the public, and people can learn more about the Lions and our mission to help our communities through service.”