Midway Lions jump to a fast start for 2013-14 year

New members, eye screenings, honor to fallen and fundraising
November 13, 2013

The Midway Lions are now in the second month of regular membership meetings for the 2013-14 year and have already accomplished many items on the club’s agenda.

Two new members, Stuart and Linda Bruce, were inducted by Past District Gov. Karl Gude. The Midway Lions also added another member via transfer, Delores Springer.

At the first meeting, King Lion Fernando Rios presented the club with an organizational chart and committee assignments, allowing members to fill in where they see a need. Lion Harry White gave an overview of the eye screening for preschool children and the new eye screener.

At the Sept. 16 meeting, guest speaker Sussex County Councilwoman and Midway Lion Joan Deaver discussed what was going on in the district and answered many questions from the floor.

Lion Sam Robinson spoke on the compassion shown to him by the Department of Defense when DNA research identified remains of his uncle, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st class William Robinson, who was killed in Korea in December 1950. Robinson and his wife Lion Pat Robinson met the casket containing his uncle’s remains along with the honor guard at Dover Air Base. The Robinsons were invited to Washington D.C. to take part in a ceremony honoring the fallen of the Korean War. Sam Robinson was also presented with his uncle’s Medal of Honor and Purple Heart. William Robinson was buried in his hometown in Pennsylvania with full military honors.

The Midway Lions hosted District Gov. Mary Lee Phillips at the October meeting. Phillips shared her ideas for clubs to work on during the year with emphasis on increasing membership and getting the women of the clubs more involved.

The Midway Lions are selling tickets for a wheelbarrow of cheer Fridays and Saturdays at Atlantic Liquors and Super Fresh in Rehoboth Beach. The proceeds of this project are used to pay for the club’s annual Holiday Bowling Party for the students at the Sussex Consortium.

Many other projects are planned including the annual Christmas baskets, and collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids, which can be deposited in the Lions eyeglass boxes in many retail locations as well as doctors’ offices.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Membership Chair Mary Jo DeVriesa at 302-645-2585 or Past King Lion Fran Daly at 302-645-2962.

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