Mayor John Grimes, Town Manager Bryan Thompson, Librarian Mike Cowell, and a group of Lions members converged on Wren Memorial Library Thursday August 3rd to hold a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for a marble bench donated by the Siler City Lions Club. A special visiting Lion was Immediate Past District Governor of District 31-O Laraine Dupree of the Wingate Lions Club. Dupree was accompanied by her husband Past District Governor Dale Dupree.
The Ceremony was presided over by Lion President Juanita Brown as she presented the donation to the city and library. Brown commented that the project for this donation was started during Past District Governor Dupree’s term and completed only recently because of manufacturing time during District Governor Karl Ernst’s term.
Mayor John Grimes accepted the donation and remarked about his gratitude to the Lions for this gift to the city and their service to the community. He said that the Lions have been very active in the area for many years. He then cut the ribbon officially accepting the donation and making it available for use by library patrons.
Librarian Cowell commented that the library was appreciative of the donation and that several library patrons had already been using the bench as a nice place in the shade to enjoy their favorite book or simply rest for a moment.
District 31-O Governor Karl Ernst, member of the Siler City Lions Club, remarked that the bench was donated as a Legacy Project in observance of Lions work throughout the world since 1017. This is a special year of celebration with a major emphasis on serving 100 million people world-wide.
Lion President Brown responded by relating some of her goals as President of the local club to be more visible in the community and let the area know what Lions do in service to the community.
The Lions Club has been serving the Siler City community since 1938 with a major emphasis on visual and hearing problems. The club provides vision screenings in the local schools and with a mobile screening unit that visits the area regularly. It is with the support of the community of the Lions fund-raising events that these services are possible.
The Lions meet the second and fourth Monday nights at First United Methodist Church and welcomes all local residents interested in volunteering for a good cause to contact Lee Harvey, club Secretary, at 919-742-4081 or 919-542-8980 for more information.