Boykins Lions Club in need of members

Published 9:28 am Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Boykins Lions Clubs members standing with the sight and hearing van are, from left, Jerry Morgan, R.T. Lassiter Jr. and Spier Edwards, and driver Roy Stockdill. SUBMITTED

BOYKINS— Since its inception 66 years ago, the Boykins Lions Club has given more than $200,000 back to the community.

The club, which among things does sight and hearing screenings on Southampton County students, is looking for new members.

“Most of us are 70 to 90 years old and we have a few who are their 40s and 50s,” said Director Spier Edwards.

Members travel to Courtland to work in the sight and hearing van, which comes from Norfolk three times a year. Students from Southampton Middle and High schools and Southampton Academy have their sight and hearing screened.

In the recent two screenings at Southampton County Public schools, nearly 400 students were checked. Southampton Academy students will be screened this spring.

The screening would not be possible without community support. The Lions Club sells brooms made by the blind and hosts its Steak Feast at Drapers Pond each September. All proceeds go to the community.

The club also provides eyeglasses to families who cannot afford them and assistance to those experiencing hardships.

For information, call Club President Freddie Felts at 654-6528, R.T. Lassiter at 654-9265, or Edwards at 650-8134.