The Apex Lions Club was sponsored by the Sanford Lions Club. The clubs charter night was held at the Apex High School Auditorium on Thursday November 18, 1937. The club will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012. We are the oldest civic organization in Apex. Thanks to the efforts of 31 local business men and community leaders, the Apex club was built on a very solid Lions tradition. This group of hard working men put the Lions Code of Ethics at the forefront of their club and the community.
Many of those early projects remain in place today. The club was able to secure a food concession at the NC State Fair in 1942 that remains our major fund raising project today. The annual Bar-B-Q was transformed into the annual Fish Fry. Many of the activities supported such as the Apex High School Athletics program ( High School Relays in April), High School Seniors Scholarships, continue to day. In 1956 the club chartered Boy Scout Troop 209 followed by Pack 312 and in 2004 an Explorer Post with the Apex Police Dept was formed. The club’s annual March Fish Fry continues a long tradition of support of local need indentified annually. Apex Lions participate in the Apex Spring and Fall festivals including a free eye screening.
The Club meets on the first and third Thursday’s of each month in the CC Jones community building, which by the way, was built and later provided for use by the Apex community under a trust by a Charter Member of the Apex Lions Club.
The club had the honor of sponsoring the Fuquay Varina Lion Club who in turn sponsored the Holly Springs Lions Club. This tradition keeps Lionism moving forward. Today the club has 2nd and 3rd generation Lions as members and the past continues to live within the clubs members. The club membership is open to men and women above the age of 18 years.
Apex Lions have a long list of service project beyond those associated with the sate and international scope. Radio reading, Western Wake Crisis, Police Explorer Post Apex High School Scholarships, Apex High Relays and many other local community needs are some specific projects. Boy Scout Eagle projects, Governor Morehead School, Food baskets at Christmas, Adopt a Highway and a mired of other projects come to the Club for support. The Club is focused on making Apex a better community.
If you have interest in becoming a Lion please check the Clubs Web Page at www.ApexLions.org. You can also contact the Membership chair – find more information here. You are also invited to join us for dinner any meeting night as noted above. A full meal is served at each of our monthly meeting.
The club continues to meet the Lions Code of Ethics that was at the forefront of the Charter Members when the club was formed. Our Motto – “WE SERVE” says it well.