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Club News 3-5-12

 

Lions Club Brooms Sale

If you missed the opportunity to purchase a Lincolnton Lions Club broom at its recent broom sale in Denver, then please check out the Lincolnton Lions Club broom display at the following Lincolnton businesses.

Barber Shops:

Mosteller’s Barber Shop, N.C. 27 West (near Saine Hardware)

Trim Barber Shop, South Academy Street

Banks:

People’s Bank, 1910 E. Main St.

People’s Bank, 760 N.C. 27 West

Drug Stores:

The Drug Store, 626 Center Drive

The Drug Store, 2667 E. Main St. in Boger City

Ophthalmology Offices:

Graystone Ophthalmology Associates, 900 Donita Drive

Proceeds from the Lincolnton Lions Club brooms and mops provide services for the blind and visually impaired, purchase eyeglasses and eye exams for the needy, provide sponsorships for blind campers to Camp Dogwood and support Lions Club College Scholarships.

Lions Club Christmas Party

The Lincolnton Lions Club sponsored its 13th Annual Christmas Party/Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at noon in the Lincoln County Senior Center on the Lincoln campus of Gaston College.

Lions Club served a catered meal to approximately 60 blind and visually impaired and their guests, prepared by Lion Diane Hawkins, owner of Dian’s Bakery and Catering in Granite Falls and a member of the Bethlehem Lions Club.

Lion Reverend Charles Stevens, club president, served as Master of Ceremonies. Visiting dignitaries included 1st Vice District Governor Will and Lion Debbie Hicks for District 31-A, members of the Etowah Lions Club and Lion Dave Titus, zone 11 chairperson from Shelby Lions Club.

In addition to providing the blind and visually impaired with a delicious catered meal, a  monetary gift, an assortment of door prizes and goody bags, entertainment was performed by 3:16, a Christian gospel band from Lincoln County.

This heartwarming experience was the highlight of the county’s blind and visually impaired children, adults and their families this Christmas season.

The Lincolnton Lions Club Christmas Party/Luncheon is one of the largest parties of its kind in the state.

Without the support and generosity of local individuals, businesses, colleges/universities, restaurants, guide dog organizations, etc., who provided financial resources and/or kind donations, the Lincolnton Lions Club 13th Annual Christmas Party for Lincoln County Blind and Visually Impaired would not have become a reality.

Priscilla Book Club

The Priscilla Book Club held its Jan. 11 meeting at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) with Doris Little, hostess, and Pat Hance, program leader.

President Sarah Lantz greeted the group and thanked the hostess for the unique, tasty refreshments served to the 11 members and guest speaker, Sherry Reinhardt.

To begin the meeting, President Lantz shared lists of “Top Ten Novels and Nonfiction – 2011″ from sources such as The New York Times, Baldwin Public Library, About.com and Nielson.com. A lively discussion ensued by those who had read selections on the lists.

Following the business session, the meeting was turned over to Pat Hance, who introduced the speaker, Sherry Reinhardt, who is the Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and the Child Advocacy Center. She holds a degree in infant/toddler/family services education through N.C. State.

Mrs. Reinhardt also holds a degree as a Direct Support Professional and a degree in psychology. She has held her current position since November 2009. Before then, she was employed by Pathways Mental Health Systems for over 11 years, teaching severely and profoundly developmentally delayed children.

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC), she explained, is a comfortable, private, child-friendly setting that provides a safe space for child victims of abuse and assault to tell their stories.

Mrs. Reinhardt’s program contained heartwrenching stories of children that the CAC has served.

She emphasized that the center receives no tax dollars. Last year, the CAC saved Lincoln County taxpayers $166,000 for child abuse investigations.

Lincoln County provided the house, which was gutted to the studs, and Timken donated $100,000 for the remodeling. The CAC is a beautiful, functional building with some state-of-the-art equipment.

The CAC actively seeks support from state and federal grants, local foundations, United Way, fundraisers, local/county government and, hopefully soon, from the religious community, as well.

Following her presentation, Mrs. Reinhardt took the club members on a tour of the building.

President Lantz thanked her for the powerful, heartbreaking program, information everyone needs to know.

In closing the meeting, President Lantz read the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.

The February meeting was at Linda Flowe’s home. Hazel Andrews gave the program.

 

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