The Jekyll Island Lions have been busy this past week! On Veterans Day, 11 November, members of the Club met at 7:30 am to display American flags in the Historic District and the Beach Village. The flags flew until 3:30 pm when they were gathered up and returned to the warehouse. The Lions donating time to honor our veterans were Jim, Howard, Norm, Harry, Mike and Pete. In related news, the Jekyll Island Business Association donated $500 to support the flag display effort. Thank you Jekyll businesses for helping to keep the flags flying!
The next two days (Saturday and Sunday), Lions set up a booth in the Beach Village to sell cheese and Jekyll Island telephone books. Both items are important fund raisers for the Club. This year for the first time, one pound cheese wedges were available and they were so popular, they sold out. Not many four pound wheels were left after the sale as well. However, plenty of two pound wheels remain for future sales this winter. Thanks to Lions Frank, Rick, Kay, Stan, Howard, Mike and Pam for manning the sales table. In conjunction with the cheese sale, Lion Frank brought a sign-up sheet for people who might want to spend a few hours ringing the bell for the Salvation Army holiday collection effort. He wore Christmas attire and passers-by gave him donations even though that was not his intent. It just goes to show how generous people are on Jekyll Island.
Also on Saturday, the Jekyll Island Lions were engaged with the monthly eye clinic conducted by the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) in Brunswick. Lion Jim reported that activity was brisk after the team was unable to come to Brunswick last month in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
The Lions are still engaged in collecting items for the International Seafarers’ Center Christmas-at-Sea project and eyeglasses recycling, too. More on those next time.