Members of the Jekyll Island Lions Club like to give back to the community. They volunteer for activities managed by the Lions Club; and they volunteer for events run by other organizations. All that matters is that the community benefits in the end. This September was an especially good month for volunteers living on the island.
During Labor Day, Jekyll Lions displayed American flags on the island in the Historic District and the retail Beach Village. The Lions Club flies American flags from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm on every national holiday except Christmas. This Labor Day was no exception as volunteers again stepped forward to help display the red, white and blue.
A week later on 10 September, two members of the Club joined the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation at the Coastal Medical Access Project to fit patients with glasses. When the person with the door key did not show up to open the building, the Lions ran the clinic out of a van in the parking lot. The Jekyll Lions also dropped off a box of used eyeglasses to be recycled.
At the annual Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival, from 16 to 18 September, two Lions volunteered to pour beer at the Craft Brew Fest, one of the festival’s popular venues. The Lions Club actually has no association with the festival and it is unlikely the staff realized that two of their volunteers were Lions Club members. Money raised from the Shrimp and Grits Festival supports the Jekyll Island Foundation.
Four Lions volunteered at an American Red Cross blood drive on Jekyll Island a week later. Again, this blood drive was not a Lions Club event. However, the Jekyll Island Red Cross Coordinator is a Lions Club member. The other Lions who volunteered at this event worked the registration desk or served as escorts to help donors get from the donor chairs to the snack and drink table. Lions also donated blood!
It’s in the nature of Lions Club members to volunteer. October will be no different. If you enjoy volunteering to help people, check out Lions Clubs International.