The Jekyll Island Lions Club hosted First Vice District Governor Billy Carroll and inducted two new members at its 5 December dinner meeting. The new members are Adam and Jamie Sanders, full time island residents and business owners. Lion Pam sponsored Jamie and Lion Mike sponsored Adam. The Club welcomes them to Lionism!
Lion Billy visited Jekyll Island as part of his effort to meet with as many MD-18N clubs as possible before he takes over as District Governor. He is a charter member of the Hephzibah Lions Club, where he has served as President and on the Board of Directors. He also has filled the position of Zone chair.
At the end of Billy’s presentation, he gave service longevity awards to Lions Pam, Mike and Rick. Rick also received a centennial award from Jekyll Island Lions Club President C. J. for sponsoring Lion Norm, who has stayed a member of the Club for over two years.
In regards to membership, President C. J. is running a competition to encourage the membership drive. The Lion who recruits the most new members before summer break will win a Melvin Jones silver proof coin.
The Club received its new brochure from the printer last week. Each Lion who attended the 5 December meeting received one. The plan is to include one brochure with each telephone book sale, once the telephone books come back from the printer, probably in late January or early February. The Jekyll Island Citizens Association “Welcome Person” has been given a stack of brochures to include in the welcome packages that are given to new residents. Some local businesses will display the brochures as well.
In other activity, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive in the Beach Village is bringing in about $100 in donations per day. The drive runs through 22 December. Telephone book ad sales have topped $8,600 and Lion Rick sent a preliminary check to the printer. Cheese sales so far have brought in $1,813 and the next sale in the Beach Village is scheduled for Saturday, 16 December. Lions Pam and Howard delivered donations for the Christmas-at-Sea collection effort to the International Seafarers Center in November. The next delivery will take place prior to Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at Jekyll Realty, Pam’s house, and at the next Club meeting on 19 December.
Lion Howard coordinated the 30 November blood drive on behalf of the American Red Cross. Some Jekyll Island Lions either volunteered to help with the drive or donated blood.