While its numbers are small, the Elkin Lions Club continues to be a strong force of community service in the greater Elkin area.
“The Elkin Lions Club is proud to have served the Elkin area, especially the visually impaired, for 72 years,” said Denise Lafone, newest member of the Lions club.
The club has nine “dedicated” members, she said, noting she is the most recent member to join, receiving her pin at the club’s January meeting from President Deb Seipel.
“New members are the lifeblood of any organization, according to Past District Governor Bill Smith,” Lafone said. “Smith encouraged members to seek out others in the community willing to become ‘knights of the blind,’ a plea first heard from Helen Keller to Lions International in 1925.”
“Although the Elkin Lions are few in numbers, they are a dedicated group working tirelessly to uphold the Lions’ motto, ‘We Serve,’” said Lafone.
She said, “I joined the Elkin Lions Club because I know it is a great organization and they help the visually impaired of the community. My daughter is an optometrist. She has stressed the importance of eye care and early detection of eye diseases. The Elkin Lions Club has done so much for the community and I chose this organization to be a part of.”
In addition to a recent book drive to aid the Jonesville Public Library, the Lions helped sort and shelve nearly 1,500 pounds of food at Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry, she said. Also, the group has obtained eye exams and glasses for several area visually impaired persons and will send several visually impaired persons to the North Carolina Lions Camp Dogwood.
“Several hundred pairs of used eyeglasses were collected with help from Parkwood Optical and Walmart Optical. The glasses will be used by the North Carolina Lions Inc. to help the visually impaired around the world,” Lafone said.
The Elkin Lions Club meets very first Monday of the month for breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Fairfield Inn. Those interested in becoming a Lion or finding out more about the club can contact Seipel at 336-835-8419.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.