LANCASTER COUNTY LIONS CLUB
BASEBALL, DREAM FIELDS AND THE LIONS CLUB
Kathleen Pittman, Associate VP at Davenport & Co. LLC, was the guest speaker at a recent Lancaster Lions Club Dinner. Her topic was Baseball, Dream Fields and the Lions Club. ‘The history of what is now Dream Fields,” Kathy Pittman explained, “starts in 1953, when Bill Haislip organized youth baseball in Lancaster County. “The teams travelled to surrounding areas, and all games were played during the daytime, because there were no lighted facilities. “Some 12 years later, a group of parents and local business owners pooled their resources, and out of what was once a cornfield rose a baseball diamond, complete with backstop and fences. It was called simply ‘the ballpark’ and was home field for nine different teams. The softball field was added in 1970, and the Endowment Fund with River Communities was formed in 2014, she continued.”
“Today, a year after our 50th anniversary, Dream Fields has seven ballfields serving everyone from the tiniest T-ballers, to little league, to seasoned adults, and hosted teams not only across Virginia, but as far away as Japan” she said
In conclusion, she presented a commemorative plaque and photos of the earlier days to the Lions Club, stating “The first sponsor to come forward when Bill Haislip organized his teams was the Lancaster Lions Club, and they have been team sponsors every year since, for a total of 63 years. The Lions have been with us every step of the way, and we really appreciate all of the support the Lancaster Lions Club has given to Dream Fields.”
We are the Lancaster County Lions Club in Kilmarnock Virginia. Our club is composed of 38 men and women dedicated to giving back to our community. Our club was chartered on Oct 14, 1947 and has faithfully and proudly served our community for 67 years. We are very proud to say we are the home club of *District 24 D’s current District Governor, Lion Pam Kidwell. We provide and support many service projects to our community such as: Eyeglass and Hearing assistance services, Eyeglass Recycling, Bland Youth music scholarships, A Youth School Leo Club, Youth Peace Poster Contest, Local Boys and Girls club, High School Continuing Education Scholarships, Dream Fields Equipment for Soft Ball teams, Eye and Hearing Screening for all schools in Lancaster County, Christmas Food basket for those in need. Loaner Hospital Equipment and various District and community needs.
However, supporting the above needs is not always easy and we are thankful for everyone’s generosity in supporting our fund raising activities. This is where the funds go when you see us selling Brooms, conducting White Cane Days, collecting for Food Baskets, working the Yard Sale, Selling Sponsorships for our Golf Tournament and selling raffle tickets and cook books. We work hard and have fun too.
If you have a desire to get involved in the community and in meeting some great people we would love to tell how to become a member of our club. Please reference the contact area of this site and call or send us an email.
* District 24D consists of 1500 Lions from Southeastern Va.
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