V Is For Volunteer

by Jim & Phyllis Wilkins

Although we were both born and raised in the Volunteer state I don’t think we really knew the meaning of being a true volunteer until we relocated here to Fairfield Bay, AR. We were introduced to being a volunteer at the Hippe Recycle Center and later to the Fairfield Bay Lions by Recycle volunteer and fellow Lions Club member John Edmiston. As we were introduced to the history and mission of Lions Clubs we found that part of the Purpose and Ethics were “To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship” and “To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.” Of course we also learned the Lions motto of “We Serve” but only by looking around at the other members of our local club did we discover that We Serve by being volunteers in our community. We are fortunate that we have Lions closely involved in our local and county government as well as the Community Club board. Other Lions are members of the EMS squad, volunteer at the Hippe Recycle Center, IRV, Ozark Health, FFB Library and the American Legion Honor Squad. Others volunteer their time through local churches in serving soup to raise funds for mission work, or as members of other civic minded groups like the Knights of Columbus. Some give their time to the community by working with AARP Tax Aide program by providing free and expert tax service at the Senior Citizens Center. Along with the many other volunteer organizations here in Fairfield Bay the Lions Club is glad to serve.

Other Lions are volunteers and organizers with Alzheimer’s Arkansas who will be holding a PANCAKE SUPPER at the Lions Den on Saturday, March 9th from 5 pm until 6:30 pm. Tickets are $6 and are available from organization members or at the door. For additional information regarding the pancake supper or Alzheimer’s Arkansas please contact George Kelly @ 884-6476.

BINGO is back in action after resuming on March 4. BINGO will be held each MONDAY evening with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the first game called at 7 p.m. The next regular meeting of the Fairfield Bay Lions will be on Thursday March 14 when our guest speaker will be Robert Gaut with a lecture on Indian Thong Trees also known as Indian Trail Trees which still dot the landscape throughout the Ozarks. At the meeting on Thursday, March 28 our speaker will be Lois Randel speaking on her Legal Aide business.

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