The Greer Centennial Lions Club Celebrates

Successful First Year

Seth Stokes
June 27, 2018 - 7:06 pm
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GREER – The Greer Centennial Lions Club celebrated its first official year as a chartered club with a cookout at Lake Robinson Tuesday night.  

More than 40 Lions and their families took part in the special occasion, recognizing the clubs fundraising efforts and contributions for the year.  A bowling tournament held in the fall of 2017 and fishing tournament held in the spring of 2018 reeled in $10,657 allowing the club to donate $5,700 to various organizations in the Greer community.  

“Looking back on the past year certainly energizes us as we move into the future as a club. We've seen clearly that we can accomplish more good things together than we could individually,” said Mark Hopper, Centennial Lions Club President.   

Organizations that the Greer Centennial Lions club helped include: Lions Club International Foundation, Greer Community Ministries, Make-A-Wish South Carolina, Taylors Free Medical Clinic, Storm Eye Institute and the South Carolina Lions Vision Services Charity.   

While the primary focus of Lions Clubs are to serve the community, most clubs are known for their help with the visually impaired.  Through grants and fundraising money, the Greer Centennial Lions Club purchased a glaucoma screening machine that was used during this year’s Family Fest. 

“The need for glaucoma awareness and screening came to our attention early in the club year.  We quickly purposed to secure mobile, state of the art equipment we could use to provide screenings free of charge to individuals who may not have otherwise had the opportunity.  We are very excited to use this equipment for the good of the Greer community for years to come,” Hopper said.   

Tuesday night, the club recognized the outgoing board members, swore in four new members and recognized its secretary, Alison Rauch, with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award – the highest honor a Lion can receive within the club.  

The Greer Centennial Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Mutt’s BBQ in Greer starting at noon. Guests are encouraged to attend as the club grows its membership.   

About Lions Club: Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs provide humanitarian service in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened communities through hands on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org 

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