Boykins Lions take pride in anniversary

Published 11:06 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lions of Boykins have reason to roar. The group, which is part of the largest international service organization, is observing its 70th anniversary this year. The members hosted a dinner last Thursday to celebrate.

Among the features of the night was the unveiling of a future plaque that will be established by the post office. This is to be done in memory of Roy A. Lassiter (1919-1916), who would have been a 70-year member had he lived into 2017. In addition to his club activity, which included serving as president, he was Boykins’ Postmaster from 1946-1981.

Family members Jim and Brenda Lassister, along with Allan and Katherine Lassiter were moved by the announcement.

“We had no idea,” said Jim. “The love and caring is unbelievable and overwhelming. We’re blown away by this community. You folks are the best.”

Guests for the night included Lion Claudie Grant and his wife Patricia from Colonial Heights. As a teenager, Claudie was a beneficiary of the Lions’ work in helping restore sight to people. He was given a sight-saving operation.

“That help has never been forgotten,” he said.

Beth Stevens, first vice district governor of 24D, came from Virginia Beach with her husband, Mack, to celebrate with the club members.