Lionism is Volunteerism

At the end of every month, Jekyll Island Lions Club members are encouraged to submit the amount of time they did volunteer work that month.  Their efforts could have been volunteering on a Lions’ project or just helping another organization in the community. Not all Lions submit their hours, for whatever reason, but here’s an example of a couple who do.

During March, this couple volunteered a combined total of 66.5 hours.  Of that amount, 16 hours were specifically spent on Club projects covering cheese and cake sales, used eyeglasses collection, and production of the next Jekyll Island telephone book.  They were signed up to volunteer at a Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation eye clinic in Brunswick, too, but it was canceled at short notice.

Outside of Lions Club projects, they volunteered with a wide variety of other organizations. Either one or both spent time supporting the Friends of Historic Jekyll Island (FOHJI), Jekyll Island Art Association (JIAA), Oak Grove Cemetery Documentation Project, Red Cross Blood Drive, Sons of the American Revolution Patriots’ Day Memorial Ceremony and Parade Planning Group, and the Wings Over the Golden Isles Air Show.  Both are on the Board of Directors for FOHJI, where they worked on the annual silent auction event, membership records, and social media publicity.  One is on the JIAA Board of Directors and both helped with the annual Jekyll Island Art Festival, plus one is a regular volunteer at the Art Shop’s sales desk.  As a member of the Coastal Georgia Genealogical Society, one has become involved in a project to take pictures and document all the graves in the historic Oak Grove Cemetery.  That person is also a member of the local Sons of the American Revolution chapter, which puts on an annual Patriots’ Day Memorial Ceremony and Parade.  While the parade is in April, the planning begins in March. Finally, one spent a day helping to set up the first Wings Over the Golden Isles Air Show while the other volunteered at the bi-monthly Red Cross Blood Drive on Jekyll Island.

The Jekyll Island Lions Club welcomes those who want to make their community better.  No matter whether you volunteer one hour or one hundred hours a month, you will have a home in the Club.

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