New Lions Club Member and Eye Glasses Recycling

Tom Schuyler

The Jekyll Island Lions Club welcomed Tom Schuyler as a new member at the 17 April dinner meeting.  Lion Pete was his sponsor and President C. J. administered the induction ceremony.


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Lions Jim and Pete brought two boxes of used eye glasses that they had collected over the past few months to the dinner meeting.  The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation had issued new instructions for sorting the glasses before submitting them so the Club spent about 10 minutes inspecting and sorting them into the appropriate categories.  The sorted glasses will be delivered to the Foundation at the annual Georgia State Lions Convention in May.


Service Work and Charity


The first work weekend for the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind was 6 to 8 April.  Jekyll Island Lions Cathy and Pete spent half a day on 6 April at the camp painting picnic tables.  Lions Bob S., Cathy and Pete donated supplies to the camp as well.  The volunteers working that day were well rewarded with pizza and soft drinks.

The Jekyll Island Lions Club board met on 9 April to finalize the distribution of funds from the charity account.  This year, the Club donated funds to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Sight for Students via the Glynn County school nurses, Learning Ally, and the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind.  The Club also provided funding for underprivileged blind children to attend the camp.  In addition, the Club continued to offer a scholarship at the Golden Isles College & Career Academy.  And, of course, the Lions Clubs International  Foundation received money.


Howard Family Dental in Brunswick donated boxes of toothpaste to the Jekyll Island Lions Club for the homeless amenity kits project and the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind.  Saying “thanks” to businesses who support the Club is important.  A thank you letter was given in person to Howard Family Dental.

Scholarship Money, Elections, and Cheese

Rick Townsend

The Jekyll Island Lions Club sponsors a scholarship at the Golden Isles College and Career Academy every year.  Dr. Rick Townsend, CEO of the Golden Isles College and Career Academy, was invited to attend the Club’s 3 April dinner meeting and provide an update on the school.  Dr. Townsend discussed several new initiatives and answered members’ questions afterwards.  The Club then presented him with a $250 check to cover this year’s scholarship.  After Dr. Townsend’s presentation, the Club gave him an LCI coffee mug as a memento.

Also at the meeting, President C. J. awarded Lion Mike the coveted Melvin Jones proof silver coin for sponsoring the most new members into the Club.  Lion Mike had sponsored two new members.

Annual elections  for 2018-2019 were held at the same dinner meeting.  The following people were elected:

  • President: Peter Dillon
  • First Vice President: Butch Bishop
  • Second Vice President: Joan Mirasola
  • Secretary: Cathy Dillon
  • Treasurer: Rick Hoffman
  • Membership Chair: Mike Mueller
  • Service Chair: Pam Mueller
  • Marketing Chair: Howard Sculthorpe
  • Lion Tamer: Harry Kicklighter
  • Tail Twister: Adam Sanders
  • Directors: Frank Mirasola, Pam Mueller, Terry Frey, Mac Jefferies
  • LCIF Coordinator: C. J. Jefferies


Meanwhile, Lion Rick organized a final cheese sale on 29 March.  The sale took place in front of the Jekyll Market in the Beach Village and included telephone book sales as well.  Lions Cathy, Howard, and Pete helped Rick and all the remaining cheese was sold by 1:00 pm.


In regard to eyeglasses recycling, the Club learned that used eyeglasses have to be sorted now before being submitted to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation.   The glasses should be divided into good clear eyeglasses, broken clear eyeglasses, good non-prescription sunglasses, and broken or prescription sunglasses.  Lion Jim has volunteered to drive the glasses to Pooler where they will be relayed to Chamblee.  The Club may do eyeglasses sorting at selected dinner meetings.

Raising Charity Funds Through Cheese, Telephone Books and Golf

The Jekyll Island Lions Club will be selling 1-pound wedges and 2-pound wheels of Guggisberg Baby Swiss cheese on 29 March from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Beach Village on Jekyll Island.  The wedges are $8.00 and the wheels are $15.00.  The Club has in inventory 38 wedges and 2 wheels, which should sell out.  In addition to the cheese, the Club will be selling the 2018-2019 Jekyll Island telephone directory that it recently published.

The next day, 30 March, is the revived (and rescheduled) Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament.  The format is a 2-person scramble with a 9:00 am shot-gun start.  Players must be signed up by 28 March and the cost is $80 per person or $160 per team.  The cost includes lunch and prizes.

While not an official Jekyll Island Lions Club activity, local Lions play a role in the bi-monthly American Red Cross blood drives, both as volunteers and donors.  Lion Howard is the coordinator for the drives.  The latest drive took place on 22 March at the Jekyll Island Presbyterian Community Church.

The Jekyll Island Lions Club has been a participant in the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation eye clinics at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) in Brunswick for years but maybe that partnership is coming to an end.  At the beginning of the year, the clinic team informed the local clubs that they would no longer transport their donated used eyeglasses back to Chamblee, Georgia, for recycling.  It would be up to the clubs to get the glasses there themselves.  Then the clinic visits were cut back to a “more cost efficient” basis and the local volunteers would be contacted about a week prior to a visit to see if they are available.  For some volunteers, operating without a known schedule was problematic.  Two other volunteers from the Club have stepped up to help at the clinic.

Hello, Goodbuy Presentation; Golf; and Calendar

Ms. Donna Wade, Community Outreach Coordinator for Hello, Goodbuy, addressed the Jekyll Island Lions Club on 20 March. Hello, Goodbuy is an upscale resale store in Brunswick, and an outreach ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Ms. Wade discussed the purpose and operation of the store, and explained how the proceeds are shared through grants to the community. The store is located at the intersection of Route 17 and Gloucester Street in Brunswick. The Lions who attended appreciated her presentation.

The Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament has gained more participants since moving to 30 March. However, the number of registered golfers is still light. Both men and women can play. Sign up today!

Here’s a calendar of events for March, April, and May:

22 March – Red Cross Blood Drive, point of contact: Lion Howard

30 March – Golf Tournament, point of contact: Lions C.J and Harry

30 March – Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Eye Clinic in Brunswick

3 April – Dinner Meeting; Guest speaker is Dr. Rick Townsend, CEO Golden Isles College & Career Academy

6-8 April – Georgia Lions Camp Work Weekend

17 April – Dinner Meeting

20-22 April – Georgia Lions Camp Work Weekend

28 April – Incoming Officer Training in Baxley

1 May – Dinner Meeting

11 May – Career Academy Work Weekend at Georgia Lions Camp

15 May – Last Dinner Meeting before summer break

18-20 May – Georgia State Lions Convention at Unicoi State Park

Newspapers Mention Jekyll Island Lions Club Events

Publicity for the Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament on 30 March has hit the two local newspapers.  Announcements for the tournament have appeared in the events calendars of both Coastal Illustrated and The Golden Islander.  The tournament also has been posted in various Facebook groups and fliers have gone up in the bulletin boards controlled by the Jekyll Island Citizens Association.  The Club is hosting the tournament to raise funds for the various charities that it supports.

Diabetes Talk

Meanwhile, Lion Howard wrote a synopsis of the Diabetes Awareness talk for The Golden Islander.  The presentation took place on 15 February and featured Ms. Sue Ullrich, RN, MA. Ed, CDE, and Coordinator of Diabetes Education at the Southeast Georgia Health System.


Up With People, Amenity Kits, and Golf


The Jekyll Island Lions Club hosted Janne and Lauren from Up With People at the 6 March dinner meeting.  Up With People empowers youth to be positive agents of change through music and action.  Their international cast will be putting on a show on 28 March in Brunswick.  Janne and Lauren are members of the advance team, which is promoting the show and looking for families to host cast members for a week.


Lion Norm attended his first meeting after a long absence due to illness.  He received a certificate and pin from Lions Clubs International for his tenure as a Lion, and he also resumed his role as Tail Twister.

After eating dinner, the Lions assembled 20 amenity kits for the homeless shelter at the Brunswick Salvation Army.  The kits are put into used eye glass cases and each contains toothpaste, tooth brush, sanitary wipe, comb, safety pins, bandaids, chapstick, Tylenol or similar packet, and pen.  The kits were put together in a few minutes, and guest speakers Janne and Lauren helped.

2018 Revised Golf

Due to a date conflict with the Jekyll Island Men’s Golf Association Tournament, the Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament has been moved to 30 March.  The Tournament will be played on the Pine Lakes course at the Jekyll Island Golf Club, and costs $80 per player or $160 per 2-person team.  The 2-person scramble starts at 9:00 am and includes lunch and prizes.  The goal is to have between 20 and 30 teams signed up to play.

Amenity Kits and a Golf Tournament

The Jekyll Island Lions Club will be assembling another 20 amenity kits at its 6 March dinner meeting.  These kits are designed for the homeless who visit the Brunswick Salvation Army shelter.  Each will contain tooth paste, tooth brush, bandaids, pen, chapstick, comb, emery board, safety pins, sanitary wipes, and Tylenol or similar in a used eye glasses case secured with two hair bands and placed in a gallon size ziplock plastic bag.


Putting kits together

On Thursday, 8 March, the Club will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at the Jekyll Island Golf Club.   Years ago, the Lions ran a tournament with a lot of amenities, sponsors, and volunteers.  It was discontinued but this year, the Lions will try a modest revival.  It is a 2-person scramble starting at 9:00 am with a shot-gun start.  The $80 per player/$160 per 2-person team fee includes lunch and prizes.  The sign-up deadline is 6 March.

2018 Golf


A Successful Week for the Jekyll Island Lions Club

The Jekyll Island Lions Club and the Southeast Georgia Health System hosted a Diabetes Awareness program on 15 February at the Jekyll Island Presbyterian Community Church.  Sue Ullrich, R.N., MA.Ed, CDE, the Diabetes Program Coordinator with the Southeast Georgia Health System, spoke about the causes of diabetes and how it can be prevented.  She also had hand-outs for those who attended.

The Club had a very successful fund raising effort at the Annual Tidelands 4-H Art Sale.  The sale of Guggisberg Baby Swiss Cheese wedges and wheels brought in $1,100 and the 2018-2019 Jekyll Island Telephone Directory brought in $420.  Lions Rick, Stan, Jim and Pete manned the table while Lion Cathy stopped by during set-up.  The Club still has cheese and telephone directories for sale.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, 19 February this year, the Jekyll Island Lions Club displayed American flags in the Historic District and the Beach Village.  Lions Jim, Howard, Mike and Pete volunteered for the flag detail.


Jekyll Island Authority  (JIA) Events Coordinator, Erin Evors, was the guest speaker at the 20 February Jekyll Island Lions Club Valentines Dinner Meeting. She discussed all the major events happening on the island during the coming year, and pointed out which ones need volunteers. She gave each Club member at the meeting a Jekyll Island cup with a schedule of JIA events, a Turtle Crawl Triathlon card, and her business card. President C. J. presented her with the new 2018-2019 Jekyll Island telephone directory, currently being sold by the Club.

The Club received a lot of good press during the past week.  The International Seafarers Center magazine carried a picture with caption highlighting Lions Pam and Howard delivering gifts for the Christmas-at-Sea effort in 2017.  The Brunswick News carried a photograph and explanation of the amenity kits that the Club put together for the homeless shelter at the Brunswick Salvation Army.  Finally, The Golden Islander published an article by Lion Howard about the visit of Stacie Court from Learning Ally to the Club.

Amenity Kits Delivered; Telephone Books Arrive

The Jekyll Island Lions Club delivered 18 amenity kits to the Brunswick Salvation Army office on 12 February.  These kits are for the homeless who visit the Salvation Army’s shelter.  Each kit contains basic hygiene items like tooth paste, a tooth brush, a comb, etc.  The Salvation Army appreciated receiving the kits.


Meanwhile, the 2018-2019 Jekyll Island Telephone Directory arrived from the printer.  The Club publishes the telephone book every other year as a fund raiser by selling advertising space in the book and then selling the book to the public for $7.00 each.  This year, Club members met and inserted the Club membership brochure into each book.  That way, membership information goes out with each book sale.

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation was scheduled to hold an eye clinic at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) on 13 February.  Lion Jim and two members of the Brunswick Lions Club planned to assist the Foundation team.