Serving Durbin, Bartow, Arbovale, Green Bank, and all of upper Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Chartered October 28,  1946

Sheets visit Alum Creek Lions Club

by Carolyn Sheets

July 1, 2016, will be the beginning of the second year for the new District C – the result of combining the previous Districts O and N.  Lion Charlie Biggs from the Mount Hope Lions Club is the new District Governor Elect of 29 C. Lion Dale Fitzpatrick of Crab Orchard-Macarthur Lions Club is the elected First VDG. 

DG elect - Lion Charlie Biggs, left and 1st VDG - Lion Dale Fitzpatrick

Lion Charlie Biggs is making preparations for the International Convention in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 – 28, 2016. *Lions Charlie and Dale are already visiting clubs and introducing themselves as their upcoming DGs and making preparations in fulfilling their Cabinet.  

Charles & Carolyn Sheets were invited by Biggs to visit the Alum Creek Lions, 5-16-16, along with Past Council Chair Ed Via.  Another guest was PID Robert Browning of Pineville Lions. 

Alum Creek Lions meeting - 26 members & 6 guests

All guests were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by three of their Lions’ members. The Alum Creek Club has a beautiful facility located on the Coal River.  Approximately 27 members were in attendance.

Special guest was Natalie Williams, a fifth grade student at Midway Elementary School, who won first place in the Young Writers Contest.  She won fourth place at the county level.  Natalie read aloud her winning entry which concerned the Revolutionary War.

Natalie Williams, writing contest winner & Lion Gary Boyd

It was about a 3 ½ hour drive to Alum Creek, but we all enjoyed the chance to meet other Lions, make new friends and share in ways to better provide service to our communities and around the world.

*Next year, 2017, marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of Lions Clubs, which took place in Chicago, Ill., 1917, by our founder Melvin Jones.  Plans are being made with Amtrak in getting train cars for groups of Lions to make the trip to the International Convention in Chicago, June 30 – July 4, 2017.  Amtrak will not commit to prices, etc., until 11 months before the event.  Start making your plans now.  Information will be forwarded as it becomes available.  

Annual Pancake Supper held April 2nd

The Durbin Lions Club Pancake Supper on April 2, 2016, was a big success.

The “all you could eat” menu consisted of:  pancakes (!), both regular and buckwheat cakes, the Best Sausage Ever from the Trent’s Store recipe of hand-mixed sausage, delicious sausage gravy, butter and syrup, plus coffee and cold beverages.

It was a nice spring evening and 163 community members, including several Marlinton Lions and political candidates, were served. 

Nine Durbin Lions helped set up for the dinner, 22 Lions helped cook and serve the pancakes. There was a net gain of $822, which will eventually go back to the community.

We always welcome new members.  The Durbin Lions Club can provide financial assistance to qualified applicants for glasses and certain types of eyecare.  Go to the Contact Us page to find out more.

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