Lincolnton Lions, Lawndale Lions and The Yokebillies teamed up for a fun night at Camp Dogwood on June 20.
Eighty blind and visually impaired campers, Lincolnton and Lawndale Lions, volunteers and camp counselors participated in a cookout, followed by a performance by Neil Furr and The Yokebillies, a gospel-rock country band from Statesville.
At the conclusion of the evening, the Lincolnton Lions Club presented The Yokebillies with a $100 check for them to use with their ministry.
The Yokebillies support Yokefellows, a prison ministry in Iredell County.
In keeping with the Lions Club International motto, “We Serve,” the Lincolnton Lions Club and the Lawndale Lions Club teamed up for a unique opportunity to meet, socialize with, entertain and serve blind and visually impaired campers, and to give members an up-close-and-personal look at Camp Dogwood.
Each summer, the Lincolnton and Lawndale Lions clubs sponsor blind and visually impaired adults from Lincoln and Cleveland counties to attend Camp Dogwood.
The therapeutic recreational facility, owned and operated by the North Carolina Lions, is located along the shores of Lake Norman in Sherrills Ford in Catawba County.
Camp Dogwood provides 80 blind and visually impaired adult campers one of 12-week-long camping experiences by utilizing Lake Norman’s waterfront for boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, tubing, along with arts and crafts, putt-putt golf, field trips for bowling, horseback riding and shopping.
The ratio of staff to campers is one to five. Camp Dogwood’s staff serves as sighted guides and assures campers have a week of fun and fellowship. In addition to a full-time camp director and cafeteria manager, Camp Dogwood’s staff includes college students as camp counselors, a registered nurse to monitor their medical conditions and volunteers.
The Lincolnton Lions Club has presented for the last several years two $500 scholarships to students graduating from one of the four county high schools.
Every spring, the club sends out to the high schools applications for the scholarships.
Each applicant is asked to fill out the application, including financial information and activities in school and the community, and to write an essay on volunteerism.
The scholarship is based first on financial need, essays and academics.
The 2012 recipients were Zanobia Chantel Jones from East Lincoln High School and Caleb Chance Williams from Lincolnton High School.
The club hopes to expand the scholarship for next year.