Courier Letters to the Editor 7-17-19

Lions year in review

Dear Editor,

The Pickens Lions Club just wrapped up its 2018-2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, and my first year as a Lion and as the club’s president. It has been an interesting, daunting, fun and rewarding journey.

My wife, Gennie, and I joined the Lions Club to meet people and to serve those in need. We looked at other clubs in the area and decided we wanted to help this club because of their small size and we wanted to serve in the community in which we lived. When we joined, there were only four members, whom I refer to as the “Core Four,” and these guys were working to keep the club from folding. The “Core Four” are Gabby, George, John and Doug. The first immediate need was to increase membership, and that has been our No. 1 goal from the start. I set three goals — to increase membership to 20, to have three service projects a year and to have three fundraisers a year. Other goals were added as we moved forward and discovered different needs for us and the community.

To meet our goal of adding new members, I started a letter campaign, mailing letters to various folks letting them know that there is still a Lions Club in town and we are looking for movers and shakers to join us. In addition to the Azalea Fest, we did some new

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