New Lions Club starts up with important service project

From left, Doug Reid (Hayden Lions Club president), Steve Love (Blount County Multi-Needs Center principal), and Ron Seybold (Lions Club organizer).

From left, Doug Reid (Hayden Lions Club president), Steve Love (Blount County Multi-Needs Center principal), and Ron Seybold (Lions Club organizer).

The newly-forming Lions Club covering central Blount County has gotten off to an auspicious start with the donation of the low-vision magnification machine (shown at left) to the Multi-Needs Center, made on the new club’s behalf by the Hayden Lions Club. The machine allows a student to read from standard textbooks rather than special print books costing as much as $1,700 each. The center has a student who can put the machine to immediate use. “You will never know the difference things like this make in our kids’ lives,” principal Steve Love told the donors.

The new club will include the Locust Fork, Cleveland, and Nectar communities. An organizational meeting will be held at Locust Fork Baptist Church Family Life Center at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 24. Those interested in joining are invited to attend. Twenty members are required to apply for a new club charter; 12 have already joined.

The International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest service organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in some 48,000 clubs, representing more than 200 countries. Their mission: to make their communities a better place to live by helping meet needs.

-Ron Gholson