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Nonprofit View: Celebrating Lions clubs in Carroll County with special anniversaries | COMMENTARY

Lions clubs are part of Lions Clubs International, an association of local chapters, who together form the largest service organization in the world. A charter is a formal document from Lions Clubs International establishing the club. Charter anniversaries are special events celebrating the beginning of a Lions Club.

Four Lions Clubs in Carroll County either had special charter anniversaries in 2020 or will have special anniversaries in 2021. The Terra Rubra Lions Club was chartered in 1966, turning 55 this year. The Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club was chartered in 1961, turning 60. The Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club was chartered in 1945, having turned 75 last year. The Westminster Lions Club was chartered in 1940, having turned 80.

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The Terra Rubra Lions Club, sponsored by the New Windsor Lions Club, was chartered Feb. 17, 1966 and was named for the local historic estate where Francis Scott Key was born in 1779. They own and operate an activity building and softball park in Middleburg. They award scholarships, sponsor youth athletic programs, subsidize vision care for local families, offer loans of hospital and convalescent equipment, promote blood drives and diabetes awareness efforts, encourage patriotism and citizenship through poster and essay contests, and assist neighbors in need through work projects. The club provided one district governor for Lions District 22W: Brian Cox, 2016-2017.

The Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club, sponsored by the Westminster Lions Club, was chartered on March 9, 1961. Annually, the club offers scholarships to two graduating high school students. They provide a park and pavilion in Union Mills. They work with the Union Mills Homestead and roast the corn for the annual old fashioned corn roast held yearly in August. The club provided one district governor: John Hopkins, 2006-2007.

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The Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club was organized Aug. 2, 1945, under the sponsorship of the Westminster club with 29 charter members. District Gov. E. Leister Mobley presented the charter to President G. Robert Brilhart at a program held in the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The club has operated a community swimming pool since 1957 in Manchester where they hold an annual Special Olympics pool party. They provide scholarships, promote patriotism and citizenship through peace poster and essay contests, provide eye screenings and hospital and convalescent equipment and assist needy families. The club provided four district governors: William Lauterbach, Jr., 1966-1967; Harry Lippy, 1970-1971; Andrew DeMario, Sr., 1991-1992; and Carol Welsh, 2003-2004.

The Westminster Lions Club was chartered Nov. 7, 1940, under the sponsorship of the Emmitsburg Lions Club with 28 charter members. District Gov. Hugh V. Keiser presented the charter to President Scott S. Bair. They provide eye exams, eyeglasses, hearing aids, medical equipment, scholarships and support local food banks.

As a third generation Lion, Jalna Brown was the first female president of the Westminster Lions Club, serving from 2013-2014; she is currently serving a second term. The club’s second female president was Jennie Morris, 2017-2018. The club provided three district governors: Clarence Fishpaw, 1948-1949; William Heagy, 1951-1949; and Halbert Fritz, 1974-1975.

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More information about these Lions clubs and about Lions Clubs International can be found on the web.

Susan Bonura is a past president of the South Carroll Lioness Club.

Each Monday, the Carroll County Times publishes a column from a local nonprofit, allowing them to share information about their organization and the issues facing it, as our editorial. To be considered, email cctnews@carrollcountytimes.com with the subject line “Nonprofit View.”

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