By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: Dec. 23, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.
SUSSEX – An enthusiastic group of local citizens gathered at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield on December 10 to celebrate completing the stringent requirements for forming – and to officially accept the charter commemorating their becoming – the newly formed Sussex County Lions Club. Beth Stevens, Governor for the Lions of District 24D, presented each of the Charter Members with a certificate following lunch, and several dignitaries made comments concerning both 100 years of past service by Lions Clubs and a look at the plans for the next 100 years for the organization.
“When Helen Keller spoke to our international meeting in 1925,” Stevens said, “she asked them to become ‘knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.’ Ever since, we’ve been working together to help avoid preventable blindness around the world.”
Stevens emphasized how Lions are now expanding on the club motto, “We serve,” to focus on other areas as well, like fighting diabetes.
Referring to the 100th anniversary that the clubs are celebrating this year, Stevens continued, “Our original goal was to serve 100 million people by June 30, and I’m proud to announce that we have already served 193 million people. Now in our second century, we are so happy that this Lions Club is joining the other 46,000 clubs around the world in our goal to support people in need.”
Following entertainment by Mack Stevens and an address by past International director of Lions Club International, Dr. Hauser Weiler, MD., Millard Stith pledged support of the club on behalf of the Sussex County Board of Supervisors, and the president of the new club, Gloria Holloman, expressed her appreciation on behalf of the new club for the outpouring of support from all.
“’We serve’ is the motto we will use to guide our efforts,” Holloman said, “and we are looking forward to fellowship, teamwork, and personal growth. I pledge as president that together we will be able to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate as we gain personal and professional skills that will last a lifetime. Let us go forth and prove that the Sussex County Lions Club is a progressive force in our community. Let us demonstrate to everyone with whom we come in contact as Lions the true meaning of our inspiration: ‘We serve. We serve. To God be the glory.’”
Charter members of the new club, as listed on their program, are: Linda Bailey, Marsha Bishop, Keith C. Blowe, Shirley Brown, Joyce Drew, Marvin Drew, Katrina Faltz, Ernest Giles, Sr., William Green, Julius Hamlin, Arthur Jarrett, Collin Johnson II, Arthur Misklmon, Shirley Turner, and Agusta Wakapa.