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.
Apex Means Business
Our guest speaker this evening was the new Executive Director of the Apex Chamber of Commerce, Stephen Xavier. Stephen is originally from Providence, Rhode Island and currently lives in Chapel Hill but plans to move to Apex in the next few months. He is the author of more than 40 articles in business publications and a former President and CEO of a consulting firm. Stephen was called in as the interim Executive Director in January after having done some consulting work for the Apex Chamber in the preceeding months. Later, in April, he was hired permanently. He shared with us some perspectives of Apex from an ousiders point of view as well as some of his thoughts for how he will work to improve things. His focus will be on increasing the profile of the Chamber within the business community. This work has already begun with visits to business owners to solicit their feedback. The Chamber will also work on imrpove relations with non-profits and other volunteer and community service organizations. And, of course, the chamber will focus on Economic Development. One of the ideas he would like to pursue is to start with some incubator level businesses much like what Durham did some years ago.
We also had the pleasure of presenting Karen Faber with a check for part fo the proceeds from the Fish Fry. Karen is a single mom and a cancer survivor who has had a very difficult year. She had surgery, went through chemo treatments, was out of work and struggling financially and then lost her dad, Lion Gil Faber, on top of it all. She was very thankful and appreciative of what we have done to take care of her in her time of need. She is pictured her hugging Lion President Bekki Bennett who presented her with the check.
Finally, we got a return visit from Nathaniel. Nathaniel was doing a school project and decided to make recycling eye glasses the focus of his efforts. He visited us a few months ago and informed us of what he was doing. He came back to give us an update and is pictured here with Lion President Bekki Bennett with the boxes of glasses he brought us to be recycled. He collected over 100 pairs in total! We think he has a very bright future as a Lion some day!
Mans Best Friend
Thank you to our speaker this evening, Jack Thorpe and Bella from NC CERT (NC Canine Emergency Rescue Team). NC Cert is a 501(c) corporation serving North Carolina and the surrounding states providing highly skilled search & canine teams 24 hours a day. They respond to requests from law enforcement, emergency management and other official agencies in time of disaster, drowning and missing person searches. Their services are at no cost to the victims’ families or requesting agency. NC CERT’s members at all volunteers.
We were lucky to see Jack and Bella, his German Shepard and canine partner, do a variety of demonstrations from obedience to a search & find. The training of the canine can take 4 years. They get certifications begin with obedience and AKC’s Canine Good Citizen and progress into the more rigorous training to meet the strict standards for specific training like tracking, wilderness, cadaver and water cadaver. In order to maintain their skills ongoing training & continuing educations are a must. Often times this is more than 50 hours a month.
The services these volunteers provide is invaluable to the agencies and victims’ families and they do so without any funding from the government. Thank you to Jack & Bella and all the members of NC CERT!!
Almost Cookin' Now
Tonight Lion Horace went over the list of those who will be there to serve for the Annual Apex Lions Club Fish Fry. We also went over the list of duties needed to be complete for set up of the event. Our group applauded our Lions who were able to assist in set up the afternoon before.
After completing our regular meeting, with breakneck speed and teamwork, we finished our preparations for the Fish Fry. Members came together to get tables cleaned, covered and chairs set up. Condiment bowls were placed on each table to get them ready to go! A team of Lions began the initial food prep, getting potatoes ready to start cooking in the morning.
One team set up the dessert, serving, and drink tables. There will be a selection of wonderful desserts available for sale. Some members spent time learning from Lion John the elaborate set up of the hush puppy fryer! With the efforts of all Lions coming together to prep for the event, the outcome is sure to be rewarding!
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.