The Franklin Lion’s Club installed the officers for the 2014-2015 year on Monday, June 23, during its bi-monthly meeting held at Angel Medical Center. The installing officer was Lion Martha Butler, PCC, who has been involved in Lions since 1968 and is a charter member of the Pisgah Forest Lions Club.
The incoming president, Ellen McCall, has chosen the theme of, “Plant a Seed for Lions” for her year as president.
“I encourage you to help me plant new seeds for growth and nourish our new members by involving them in all of the Lion’s activities. Our club is like a garden where you must plant seeds to have it flourish,” said McCall.
Other officers for the upcoming year are: 1st vice-president, Rick Westerman; 2nd vice-president, Jason Arnold; secretary, Michaelle Sciberras; asst. secretary, Ruth Hensz- Stilwell; treasurer, Mark Garber; asst. treasurer; Cynthia Corrado; Tail Twisters: Bill Martin and Jim Williams; Lion Tamer: Carl Allen; one-year director, Russell Hawkins and Bette Beaman; two-year directors, Dave Jones and Brian Hylton; past president, Pete Haithcock.
Franklin Lions provide vision screening to all school age children, first through eighth grade, in Macon County at no cost to the family or school. They also provide glasses to those families who cannot afford them. The Lions also have a Santa Pal program where they take approximately 35 kids under the age of 12 shopping for clothes, and then each child gets a visit from Santa and receives a bag of toys in co-operation with Toys for Tots. The club also provides shut-in food baskets to seniors each year as well. The Franklin Lions also give $5,000 worth of scholarships to area high school seniors.
The Franklin Lions work all year long to raise the needed funds to provide these and other services to the people of Macon County. The club sponsors the 4th of July BBQ, have collection spots at Kmart, Tractor Supply and Bi-Lo each winter for Santa Pal, and sell raffle tickets for Camp Dogwood. All monies collected by the Franklin Lions Club remain in the Franklin community. If you would be interested in helping or contributing, call Club President Ellen McCall at (828)421-7750.