Meetings

Due to Corona virus situation, Winnsboro Lions are  currently meeting face-to-face once a month.  We are also communicating via email and may hold teleconference meetings if COVID situation deteriorates more.

Winnsboro Lions sponsored MD 32's first cyber club.  The new South Carolina Cyber Lions CLub was chartered last August.Currently they are meeting monthly virtually of course.  Welcome Cyber Lions!  We Serve!

Club to celebrate 85th Anniversary.  Last May our club reached its 85th birthday but was unable to celebrate appropriately due to the virus. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate this in 2021.  Stay tuned. 

Used glasses collection boxes are stationed at South State Bank and selected other locations.

Eye Exams and Glasses.  The club now provides three eye exams and pairs of glasses each month to indigent local citizens.

Vision Screening.  Winnsboro Lions provide vision screenings to local public and private schools with nine schools screened in 2019-20 for a total of over 1200 students screened. THus far, in FY 20-21, due to COVID restrictions, we have not been able to perform this service.

Lions Brooms.  In addition to being available from all club members, brooms are on sale at Winnsboro Builders' Supply, David Branham Insurance Agency, and Stylon Boutique.  We are grateful for this assistance in raising funding through broom sales. We alsol sell brooms during the annual "Big Grab yard Sale" in September and again in early October at the "Rock Around The Clock" weekend.

Food Bank Collection.  At each monthly meeting, we collect non-perishable food items and deliver those items to the local community food bank.

Contributions.  Winnsboro Lions Club contributes financially to Lions Club International Foundation, the South Carolina Lions Vision Services, Leader Dog, MUSC's Storm Eye Institute, South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, and several local charities. 

Scholarship:  Each year we award an $800 scholarship to a graduating high school senior, alternating annually between Fairfield Central High School and Richard Winn Academy.  The scholarship is based on recomendation from the school guidance counselor and his/her committee and ajudicated by a club committee. 

Lions International Youth Exchange: Each summer several Winnsboro Lions couples serve as host families for international students with our Youth Exchange program.  Students reside with a host family for two weeks prior to the two weeks the students spend with chaperones touring the state.  One Winnsboro couple has hosted twenty-three young exchange students over the last twelve years; others have hosted for three to four years.  All hosts find this to be a wonderful experience and establish strong bonds with their international teenagers. This year our guests were from Canada and Denmark [unfortunately, MD 32 has cancelled its 2020 Youth Exchange program due to the corona virus situation and will undoubtedly also have to cancel the 2021 program]

Council Chair: Winnsboro Lion PDG Rhett Hair is currently serving as Council Chairt for MD 32.  Lion Paul Dove is our Immediate Past Council chair.  Lion Bobbie Dove is our MD 32 2021 convention chair.  Lion Bobbie also serves as club president and District S Orientation Chair.  Lion Linda Haslett serves on MD Youth Exchange Committee.  .

"Night for Sight:"  Three area Lions Clubs--Blythewood, Greater Irmo, and Winnsboro--partner to sponsor a Sunday afternoon Gospel concert featuring three musical ensembles, a silent auction, door prizes, food, and fun.  This is a major fund-raiser for the three clubs and involves Lions and friends from the communities we serve. The 2019 event was held August 18 and again was a stellar success with three performance groups/individuals, food, bake sale, silent auction, and door prizes.  The 2020 "Night for Sight" was cancelled due to COVID restrictions.  Hopefully, we can resume the fundraiser in 2021.

Salkehatchie.  Each summer teenagers from around the state and out-of-state participate in one of 46 S.C. United Methodist Church "Salkehatchie Summer Service" projects throughout South Carolina.  Winnsboro Lions provided adult assistants, Gator Ade and popsicle treats, and Youth Exchange students' participation during the one-week of construction/repair on homes of indigent Fairfield County citizens.  This year we worked on 11 homes, all of which required new roofs or extensive roof repairs.  This year's Salkehatchie service in Fairfield County was held July 13-20. [Regret 2020 Fairfield Salkehatchie was cancelled due to COVID-19 sistuation.  The 2021 program is not yet confirmed]

Guiding Lions:  A Winnsboro Lion serves as guiding Lions for the new Cyber Lions Club, and Lion Bobbie serves as ambassador for the reactivated Mid Carolina Lions.

Lion Rann Foster Annual Pancake Supper: On Tuesday evening, February 5, 2020, our club held its annual pancake supper fundraiser.  We serve more than 300 members of our community and raise in excess of $1700 annually.  This has become a well-attended and well-received event where folks linger to visit and greet neighbors.  It is then more than just a fundraiser; it is a community service occasion as well.  Our 2021 pancake supper has been postponed until later this spring and may be take-out only or even drive-by.  Adults $5, children 10 and under $4.  Tickets will be available at the event.

Other Service Activities: Individual WInnsboro Lions volunteer with the Fairfield Community Food Bank; the Council on Aging; Meals on Wheels; recycling paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum at local recycling centers; Friends of the Fairfield County Library and the County Library Commission; Anemone Garden Club; Friends of South Carolina Libraries; Young Lives Matter; driving elderly patients to medical appointments; "Home Alone" weekly telephone program; "Blessing Box" ministries; and other volunteer service agencies/activities.

 

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