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 New Lion
For our first meeting in December we had a few different speakers who each had to cancel for one reason or another. Consequently, Lion PDG Wayne Faber brought us a video of Lionism called "Champions Of Change" which showed some of the things that Lions do around the world to help people. As it turned out, this was probably an appropriate program for us because it is good to step back once in a while and get some perspective about what we are doing as an organization and how we fit into the big picure. And this is most helpful for our newest members who may not have been exposed to the big picture yet. Speaking of which, we also had the opportunity to install our newest member. Lion Jim Witek is pictured on the left being pinned by his sponsor, Lion Hamilton Martin and Lion PDG Wayne Faber is in the center.
On Thursday, November 21, we had our annual banquet. The banquet is a special meeting we have once a year to celebrate our club anniversary, have special guests, thank the folks who have volunteered and helped us the past year and celebrate some of our Lions who have gone above and beyond in their service. This year we were delighted to have Bill Leslie join us as our guest speaker. You might recognize Bill as the morning anchor man for WRAL news but there is a lot more to this man as we learned Thursday. Bill is an accomplished musician, composer and singer as well as serving as an elder at his church. He plays the guitar and celtic flute among other instruments. You can learn more about Bill and his musical talents at BillLeslie.com.
Bill shared some stories about how he got started in the radio business which eventually lead him to the television business and ultimately as the anchor at WRAL morning news. It all started with a song he wrote and recorded for a girl when he was younger. That record got some air play on the radio which allowed him to tour the radio stations and he was hooked. The rest is, as they say, history.
Did you know that Bill Leslie was once the "Tarheel Traveler"? We know that Scott Mason has been doing a wonderful job in that role for the past several years (and Bill agreed that Scott has taken that segment to a new level). We also got some very entertaining history and sample of North Carolina accents. Bill is quite observant and adept at picking up on and impersonating these as we found out. And finally, we also learned that many of his co-workers at WRAL not only have nick names but they have songs as well. He sang a few of those for us. I sure wish I had video taped this meeting!
We had the opportunity to honor several of our Lions as well. Two Melvin Jones awards were given this year. The first was to our past president Lion Hamilton Martin. The seond was awarded to a Past District Governer (PDG) Lion Gil Faber. Unfortunately, Lion Gil passed away last week so the award was received by his wife Lion Barbara Faber and their son, (also a PDG) Lion Wayne Faber.
Two Jack Stickley awards were also given. One was to Lion Joelle Lynde who was the president of our club a few years ago and the other was to Lion Chris Norcross who is currently our 2nd VP.
Finally, the William Jennings Booth Senior Lion Of The Year award was given to Lion Sid Harrell (pictured above right) who is currently our clubs 3rd VP.
The Apex Lions club thanks all of the people who helped us at the State Fair and all of our other events this past year. We raised approximately $30,000 at the fair this year!
Lion Gil Faber
Lion Gilbert Thomas Faber, 77, of Apex, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at UNC Hospital. Mr. Faber was born on January 22, 1936 to David and Rachel Merrill Faber in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Faber served his country in the U S Army. He was a devoted member of Apex Lions Club for over 30 years. During this time he served in many State and District offices including serving as District Governor for District 31G in 1991-1992. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. His wonderful sense of humor will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lion Barbara Jean Faber; son: Lion Wayne Faber of Apex; daughters: Karen Faber of Holly Springs, and Kathy Faber of Cary; and sister: Yettel Campbell and husband Jessie of Gunbarrel, TX. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren: Dustin Faber, Shelby Jordan, Amanda Faber, Robert Jordan, Barbara Faber, and Gilbert Faber.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to NC Lion, Inc., P O Box 39, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673; or N C VIP Fishing, P O Box 140, Columbia, NC 27925; or to Lineberger Cancer Center, External Affairs, UNC-Chapel Hill, CB #7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27594-7295.
Our condolences go out to the entire Faber family.
* Camp Dogwood is a 56 acre recreational facility on Lake Norman that is uniquely designed to serve the needs of the blind and visually impaired.
* Support and Mobility canes are provided free for people who need them
* Educational Grants can be provided for sighted children of the visually impaired
* V.I.P. (Visually Impaired Persons) Fishing Tournament is held annually
* Services and Programs for the prevention of loss of sight
* Mobile Screening Unit travels around North Carolina and provides free vision screenings
* Clinical Eye Research through major universities in North Carolina
* Grants for glasses and recycling of glasses and frames (you have seen our boxes around, haven't you?)
You can read more about Brighter Visions and North Carolina Lions Clubs, Inc. at NCLionsInc.org. And if you would like to support these programs you can make a donation online as well!
Passed But Not Forgotten
The Tarheel Traveler for WRAL did a wonderful story on Ms. Francis. She passed away in June from pancreatic cancer. The article can be seen here. Like Lion Horace said: She was a Christian so we know where she is now so we can rejoice in that.