Welcome to the Apex Lions Club
Apex Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights at the CC Jones Community Building at 309 Holloman St in Apex. Meeting open promptly at 6:45 Pm and close at 8 PM. Dinner is served at each meeting.
Lions are an international service organization, founded in 1917. Today the Lions clubs represent the largest service club organization in the world. The Apex Lions Club was chartered in 1937 by a group of local business men who wanted to make APEX a better place to live. The charter club members included a teacher, lawyer, doctor, postmen, druggist, dentist, grocer, auto dealer, railroad agent, mayor, banker, garage owner, and others who saw a need to come together and serve the local needs of the community.
A Lot Going On
For our first meeting in March, we had a lot of different things going on. First, we had a special guest. Pictured to the left is Nathaniel who is a local high school student. Nathaniel needed an idea for his senior project and came to realize that almost everyone in his family wore glasses. He started thinking that it would make a lot of sense if someone recycled glasses and found out that the Lions do that. So he did some research, found us on the web and decided to come to a meeting to get to know more. Not only did he have a lot of fun watching us conduct our business, but he got a nice dinner and learned a little bit more about how we recycle glasses. The Apex Lions Club collects approximately 300 pairs of glasses each year. Those glasses are sent to our recycling center where they are analyzed to determine the prescription of the lenses and cataloged in our computer system so we can match them to soneone in need anywhere around the world.
We also recognized Lion Chip Pierce. Lion Chip comes to us from Fulton, NY where he was serving as 2nd vice president before he moved to North Carolina. Lion Chip also likes to play golf. He must be very good because when I asked him if he was very good he replied "I play a LOT".
Finally, we heard from Lion Horace about the Fish Fry coming up later this month (March 21st). Many years ago the fish fry was a barbecue but it was switched to a fish fry back in the 80s. This year the proceeds will be split between a local single mom struggling with breast cancer and a wounded warrior we have not identified yet. Apex Lions were encouraged to sell tickets for these worthy causes.
Fish Fry 2014
The Apex Lions Club annual Fish Fry is set for March 21. This event is well known in the Apex Community. For over 25 years people have gathered at the CC Jones Building on Holleman Street to enjoy Fried Fish, hush puppies, cole slaw and boiled potatoes prepared by the Apex Lions. Starting at 11 am until 7:00 pm you can get the best plate of fish and all the trimmings, knowing that the proceeds will go to make the Apex Community a better place to live and raise families. Each year the Apex Lions choose local needs to receive the profits from this event. Boy Scout Troop 209 also sells tickets and the proceeds from their ticket sales are dedicated to the Scout Troop Building Fund.
Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit an Apex single mom fighting cancer. The Lions Club is also looking for a local wounded vet to share in this year’s fund raiser.
Meals will be served from 11 am until 7 pm at the CC Jones building on Holleman Street in Apex. Local delivery orders can be arranged by calling 919-218-3454.
Eat in or Take Out - your choice. Child (up to 10 yrs) plates are also available for only $5 with the option of hot dog instead of fish. Volunteers are welcome to join in this annual community fundraiser project. Call Horace Johnson at 919-218-3454 if you would like to work at this event. Help make our community a better place to live. Come support the Lions and have a great fish dinner on March 21. It is a great place to bring your family and friends.
Oh What A Night!
What a night we had this evening! This was our annual joint meeting with the Fuquay Varina Lions Club (who we sponsored many years ago) and that is always a special night. But on top of that this year we also had District Governor Sandy Scarlett as our speaker AND we installed 6 new members into the Apex Lions Club and had one more memberhip application submitted at the meeting! Now that's what I call a meeting to remember!
District Governor Sandy Scarlett is a 20 year member and past president of the Durham Lions Club. She has held many positions at the district level and received numerous awards as well. In her professional life, she serves as the Development Director at UNC Chapel Hills Kittner Eye Center.
Lion Sandy spoke to us about the importance of focusing on membership and about some learning opportunities that we have as Lions. Although Lions are still the worlds largest service organization our numbers in the US are declining somewhat overall. It's important for us all to remember why we became Lions and communicate that to people we meet. Lion Sandy's husband is now a Lion also. But it took volunteering at the V.I.P Fishing Tournament and seeing first hand what Lions do for him to want to join. There are probably a lot of people just like that who would be happy to join our cause if they only knew how important it really is. The human impact is by far the most important thing we do. We touch lives and make a difference!
When new members first get involved wth Lionism chances are good that they have only seen the tip of the iceberg. There are so many things to know about Lionism that even Lions of several years are still learning about what Lions do around the world. This evening we were all encouraged to learn more about Lionism at all levels so we can appreciate the importance of Lionism that much more and then share that excitement with those around us. That is one way we can build excitement, energy, momentum and enable us to touch even more lives in the future.
And then witnessed a visible demonstration of what that process can look like by installing six new members into our club! Pictured above (L to R) are: Lion John Lynde, Lion Tony Gravanda(*), Lion Debbie Gravanda(*), Lion Jolene Umbenhauer(*), Lion Leann Moffitt(*), Lion Sandy Scarlett, Lion Dale Umbenhauer(*), Lion Jen Ferrell(*) and Lion Joe'l Lynde. The newly installed lions are indicated by the symbol (*).
We are so excited to have these new Lions join our club and look forward to serving beside you for many years to come!
Camp Dogwood Opportunity To Serve!
I hope you are already thinking of volunteering with us this summer. We need you! Volunteering for a week with visually impaired/blind campers will be the most rewarding experience of your summer. You can make a significant difference in the lives of the blind and visually impaired. Do you have a good energy level? Do you enjoy assisting visually impaired/blind persons? Come see what Camp Dogwood is all about, and how important it is to the individuals we serve. This summer, Camp Dogwood will serve up to 88 campers per week. To accomplish this, we need 6 - 8 volunteers each week.
Troop 209 Reports In
Our speaker this evening was the new Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 209, Jeff Kidd. The Apex Lions Club is the charter organization for Troop 209 and also Pack 312. Jeff has taken over the Scoutmaster duties from Stacey Barbour after many years of service. Jeff was born in Dalton, GA and received his degree in Computer Science from Georgia College. He is currently employed at Cisco where he has been for the last 11 years (the last 3 as a regular employee). Jeff's wife, Jennifer, is a photographer in Apex and owns Kidd Photography.
Scoutmaster Jeff shared some information with us about how the Troop is doing. They just finished rechartering last night and currently have 51 scouts enrolled. In February, some scouts from the various packs in the area will join the troop and they anticipate another 15-20 scouts at that time. So they should end up with somewhere around 70 scouts, which is a good size for the troop because it comes close to the capacity of the scout huts available. This past year was very successful as 6 scouts earned their Eagle and 51 scouts advanced in rank. The troop spend 26 nights camping in the woods and have 22 adult volunteers registered to help the troop.
Looking forward to activities for this year there is a road side cleanup event coming up in February to pick up the trash along Green Level Church Road and many more activities. A question was raised about the status of huts. The scouts finished the interior work on the new building and even got some used cubicle walls to help divide the space up and dampen sound. The old hut building needs some work on a threshold and the exterior of the building so that will be another project for this year.
Finally, Scoutmaster Jeff informed us that he had worked on his Wood badge in 2012 which involved 5 projects. One of those was to introduce shooting sports back into the troop. Jeff is also NRA certified and one of the other parents is capable of training in archery. So this year, the troop will have some exciting new opportunities to learn some new skills. It seems like it will be a fun year for the boys (the young ones and the older ones)!