| Hear our ROAR! Atlanta Lions Celebrate 100 Years of Service December 17, 2020! Hi Tom,
I’d like to wish a Happy Centennial Birthday to the Atlanta Lions Club! One hundred years ago, the Atlanta Lions Club was created as a new service organization to focus on the needs of Atlantan and the metropolitan area. Atlanta Lions Club was the first Lions Club in Georgia. There are now about 4000 Lions in Georgia and 1.4 million Lions worldwide. The Lions’ motto is “We Serve” and we are proud of our service history in Atlanta. In 1948, Atlanta Lions helped found the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, which helps provide vision and hearing for the uninsured and underinsured. In 1963, we helped create the Georgia Eye Bank. In 1968, Atlanta Lion George Crumbley started the first Peach Bowl to benefit the Lighthouse. The Peach Bowl continues to be college football’s most charitable bowl game, donating $50K each year to help the Lighthouse provide vision and hearing services to Georgians in need. Today, we continue to support the Lighthouse, as well as Georgia Vision 2020, the Young Generation Movement, the Lions Camp for the Blind, Leader Dogs, LCI Foundation for worldwide humanitarian aid, and many other local charities. We want to grow our club for the next century. Lions:invite your friends and family to join us. If you’re not already an Atlanta Lion and you’re interested in service, please email Scott Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Now is a great time to become a Lion as Lions Club International has waived its initial fee through Dec. 31, 2020. 1920 was a period of great change in America. “In Georgia, Atlanta was reinventing itself yet again undergoing rapid modernization, exploring new solutions to traffic problems, developing a “New South”… The 1920’s were the peak of post-civil war reconstruction…. 1920 was also a time of major societal change. Prohibition laws banned alcohol started being enforced in January, and the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote finally became law in August…. And in December of 1920, a group of men gathered in the Ansley Hotel on Williams Street to formalize the organization of a new civic organization, the Atlanta Lions Club.” Our Atlanta Lions member Terry Boyd has been researching and writing a history of the Atlanta Lions Club to commemorate our 100th anniversary this year. Terry has been scouring the archives of the AJC and found over 100 articles mentioning the Atlanta Lions Club in 1921, detailing virtually every meeting (and every baseball game).Apparently, we were quite the topic of the society pages! Thank you so much, Terry, for working on our history. We have much to be proud of for the past 100 years and much to look forward to for the next 100 years!
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The past year has been crazy and chaotic for all! Here’s a snapshot of SOME of the activities Atlanta Lions and Leos have done in the past 12 months: Marched in the Peach Bowl Parade Hosted International Youth Exchange Students from New Zealand and Australia Attended the Carter Center Board of Councilors Meeting as part of the Lions Club delegation. Did you know that former President Jimmy Carter is a Lion? Cleaned eye glasses at the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation (Jan) Attended fabulous “Night of Spectacles” fundraiser for Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Held our first Zoom meeting and MANY more since Covid Led the first ever US/Canada/Australia Youth Exchange Chairperson Forum in Dallas Distributed 3,250 free 20-pound boxes of fresh vegetables (4 trucks) as part of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program to City of Refuge, LEAF, Gateway Center for Homeless Men, Atlanta Mission Women’s Shelter (My Sister’s House), and Young Generation Families Inducted new Leos to the Atlanta Leo Club (for high school students) Held virtual “Night of Magic” fundraiser and two Virtual Trivia Night fundraisers. Painted an AWESOME picnic table for City of Dunwoody Picnic Table Project Provided multiple “Covid Care Actions”, such as dinners, toy/book donations for battered women at the International Women’s House Had GREAT speakers at our meetings, including Shon Gable (CBS46 news anchor), Stacie Court (from Learning Ally), Scott Steiner (City of Refuge), Eric Meineke (CEO Georgia Eye Bank), Adam Keith (Operation Freedom Dogs), Dr. Natalie Weil (Emory Eye Care and Georgia Vision 2020), Dave Chase (Leader Dogs for the Blind), Dr. Ramona Houston (The Power of Social Responsibility), Lions District 18L Governor Tom Jackson, motivational speaker Garrett Graveson, Georgia State Senator John Albers.
We wish you and your family good health and peace in this chaotic holiday season! If you need anything or just want a friendly person to talk to, please call: Scott Rogers at 678-886-6800 Phil Minnes at 404-379-8498 Becky Jarrell at 770-355-7726 Chris Fabina at 404-345-2349 Warm regards, Lion Becky Jarrell Atlanta Lions Secretary; Georgia Youth Exchange Chair Atlanta Lions Club Lion Scott Rogers, President Lion Phil Minnes, Board Chair Lion Dennis Rogers, 1st VP Lion Chris Fabina, Treasurer Lion Becky Jarrell, Secretary Meetings 2nd and 4th Thursdays from noon-1:15 (meeting via Zoom during COVID social distancing) Atlanta, GA Get Involved