The Jekyll Island Lions Club is looking for enthusiastic people interested in service and friendship; people who want to help their community and enjoy themselves while doing it. So what do Lions do? We ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas time. We collect used eye glasses and recycle them. We display American flags in the Beach Village and Historic District on holidays. We participate in beach clean-ups, blood drives, eye clinics, and much more. In other words, we help our community.
So what’s involved in being a Lion? We have dinner meetings twice a month at McCormick’s Grill on Jekyll Island except during the summer months when we take a break. One of the monthly meetings usually features a guest speaker and at the other, we focus on charitable projects. Past speakers have included local police, county commissioners, public servants, school nurses – too many different professions to list them all. It should be noted that Lions are not required to attend these meetings, but they are fun and interesting.
Our charitable activities follow two paths. One is service, that is, we donate our time and labor. Eye glass recycling is a good example. Offering help at eye clinics is another. One year we painted a fence at a school. Every year, we join work parties at the Georgia Lion Camp near Waycross. The other focus is raising money or collecting goods for charity. We sell cheese, cakes and telephone books or ring the bell for the Salvation Army. We collect items for the International Seafarers’ Center at Christmas time. All proceeds from public fundraising go to charity. By our charter, none of it goes to administrative costs. We cover our administrative costs by paying dues and other internal fees. In other words, the members cover the administrative costs, not the public.