The Aberdeen Lions celebrated their 75th anniversary on July 24th at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, NC. The event was held jointly with Mira Foundation as a fundraiser for both organizations and had over 70 people in attendance. It was catered for free by Outback Steakhouse of Aberdeen. The entertainment was provided by Samantha Duerring, a VIP recipient of a guide dog, Gale, from MIRA, who performed two songs beautifully for the audience. Past International President Sid Scruggs III gave the keynote address on what it means to really be a Lion.
The Aberdeen Lions Club was chartered June 28th, 1938. That night Lions from eight different surrounding clubs along with members of the Kiwanis and Rotary were in attendance. Since that night the Lions have been a staple of the community. Moore Buddies, a program to assist local youths by pairing them with mentors, was founded with the help of Frank McNeill, Sr., a long time Lions member. The Lions, along with other local clubs, funded a house for the Boys and Girls Home. Aberdeen continues to donate to these clubs and others over $2500 annually. They also provide two $500 scholarships for graduates of Aberdeen schools yearly. The most recognizable Aberdeen Lions service project/fundraiser are the flags put down US Hwy 1 during certain holidays. Recently members have been volunteering to help some VIPs in Aberdeen with simple tasks, a drive to the store or even just spending some time reading, and this project is scheduled to expand this year.
As with every club, the Aberdeen Lions hope to expand so they can provide even more support to their community. They feel blessed to have served for 75 years and are looking forward to 75 more!
Way to go Aberdeen, you clearly are living the Lions motto “WE SERVE”
Vince Schimmoller, DG 31F