By KEN STEADMAN
For The Vista
Membership now stands at 117 members in the Fairfield Glade Lions Club with the initiation of three new members at their last meeting.
This reestablishes the Fairfield Glade Club as the largest in the State of Tennessee. Why do they need so many members? Because they are the busiest and most active Club in the State with programs to help children and adults in the community.
Club President Marty Smith commented, “Cumberland County is one of the largest Counties in the state with 679 square miles. Three major metropolitan Cities, (Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville) are within one or two hour short driving distance, there are nine elementary, three High School, six Private & Special Schools, two Colleges and one Vocational & Technological School within our county.
“Population figures as of 2006 was 51,346 so we are probably in the 60,000 neighborhood or better by now.
“We have five newspapers, six radio, four Cable and five telephone companies covering our area,” she continued. “That’s a lot of territory to cover with only 117 Lions to serve all of the children and adult needs. So, we can always use more.”
Give President Marty Smith a call at 484-6784 or Membership Chairman Dan Richardson at 510-5830 and make a date to attend one of the monthly dinner meetings at the Druid Hills Country Club for FREE.
The three newest members and their sponsors are as follows:
Judy and Jay Van Paemel have been coming to our area for 23 years before moving here 9 years ago. Judy was a Manager-Human Relations and Business Owner of Pies Such in Illinois and Jay was in Financial Services. Lions Diane and Fred Mundt sponsored Judy and Jay.
Lonnie Hinds was sponsored for membership by Carol Pontius. He started teaching as a Social Studies Teacher at Stone Memorial High School this school year. His wife is Wendy Hinds who is employed as a Registered Nurse. Lonnie has already gotten active with a Lions Club Program. He volunteered to help Lion Jay Fox with the formation of a Leo Club in SMHS. Leo Clubs are formed around the world by high school aged boys and girls to provide services in their communities. They are connected with local Lions Clubs for advice and assistance.