A new civic club has made its way to the campus of Francis Marion University.
The Lions Club International will present a charter to FMU creating a Lions Club at the university during a ceremony to be held Monday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Ervin Dining Hall’s Palmetto Room.
“For two years now the Florence and Marion clubs have been working with FMU students in an effort to establish a club at the university,” said H. Paul Dove, Jr., Lions Club member, dean of the James A. Rogers library and FMU professor. “After a lot of hard work, this has been realized. It’s a red letter day for both FMU and for the Lions International.”
Featured speaker for the Charter Night ceremony will be FMU alumnus and Kingstree Lions Club past president Louis A. Drucker. Lions Club members Agnes Folk (Florence Day), Steve Webber (Marion) and Dove (Marion) will receive special Lions new club sponsorship pins as part of the ceremony.
One faculty advisor and 20 students will be charter members of this new District 32-C club. The club is sponsored jointly by the Florence and Marion Lions Clubs, with assistance from the Mullins Lions Club and other District 32-C chapters. The Florence Day, Marion and Mullins clubs have also contributed financially towards the establishment of the chapter at FMU.
Membership to the FMU chapter is open to any student, faculty or staff member upon completion of the membership application form and the chapter board's endorsement of the applicant as meeting standards of Lions International membership.
Officers for the club have already been selected. Lions Club president is Tara Thiry, an elementary education major from Summerville. Other officers are vice-president Sade J. Carter, treasurer David Legare Miller, secretary Jerrie'Me K. Wright, and tail twister Taylor B. Poston. Dove is faculty advisor.
Beginning in 1917, Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in projects ranging from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters.