Live Oak, Florida
- Established May 17, 1950 -
The Live Oak Lions Club was organized on April 17, 1950 and chartered May 17, 1950. The Live Oak Lions have an outstanding record of positive community service and have made a difference in our community over the past half century.
The 1925 Helen Keller Speech that Gave Lions a Purpose
R E C E N T A C T I V I T I E S
Local Lions Club Distributes Bell Ringing Collections
Carol Johnson, Program Director and Kathy White, Executive Vivid Visions display check. Lion representatives: David Mullis, Justin Wilkinson, John Curls, Coy Howell, Ed Howell, and Adam Hitt
Vickie Hicks, Suwannee Pregnancy Care Center Director receives check from Lions David Mullis, Ed Howell, JD Curls, Coy Howell, Justin Wilkinson and Adam Hitt.
Representatives of the Live Oak Lions Club Charities recently hand delivered $500 checks to three local community service organizations. The money was given by Suwannee shoppers to Lions ringing bells at 3 business locations during the club’s annual Christmas bell ringing project. Approximately $1300 was collected in the one day activity. Lion Club members voted to add enough funds from the club’s Charities fund account to make the total an even $1500 and to divide it equally between Suwannee county organizations Love INC, Pregnancy Care Center, and Vivid Visions.
This year’s activity was another success and reconfirmed the LION motto “We Serve”, and the organization’s prime directive that all monies and gifts received from the community be returned to the community to help where there is need. The success was made possible due to the cooperation of local merchants Publix, Wal-Mart, and Winn-Dixie who allowed the volunteers to ring the bells in front of their businesses and also due to the generosity of many Suwannee citizens.
Lions Share Food For Christmas With Vivid Visions
L-R: Lion David Mullis; Joan Latreille, Vivid Visions; Lion Ed Howell; Lion Gerald Herring; Lion Jeannette Clark; Lion Wyman Clark
Just before Christmas representatives of the local Live Oak Lions Club showed up knocking on the door at the Vivid Visions office bearing Christmas gift food bags for their participating clients. Vivid Visions provides a valuable service to Suwannee County and operates most of the time quietly behind the scenes, or “off the radar” as is said today, providing to victims of domestic violence and abuse several valuable services including a confidential, temporary safe place shelter, food and clothing. Florida Law provides”Injunctions for Protection” to assist victims of domestic violence. Vivid Visions operating funds are derived mostly from to the support of local citizens, special supporting individuals, churches, local organizations and businesses of Suwannee County.
Anyone who wishes to support this valuable service for Suwannee citizens or knows of someone who is a victim can make contact 24 hours a day at 364-2100 to discuss the situation.
Lions Bring Some Christmas to Pregnancy Care Center
Representatives of the Live Oak Lions Club visited the local Pregnancy Care Center carrying a surprise of about a dozen gift food bags surprises for their special clients. The local Lions Club provides assistance and support in various forms to area citizens through its Live Oak Lions Charities activities. The Pregnancy Care Center has been in operation since June 14, 1985 and has grown to include 3 locations; Live Oak, Lake City and Jasper . The goal of the organization is to develop and administer programs and information designed to assist women in confronting and dealing with the various physical, emotional economic and social problems associated with pregnancy. The centers are under one board of directors and serve Columbia, Suwannee, Union, and Hamilton counties in North Central Florida. Anyone who wanting to help support this valuable service for our area or needing information can call 386-330-2229.or visit www.northfloridapregnancy.com
Thirty seven students from Suwannee High School and Branford High School were honorees last week at the annual Lions Senior awards Banquet held to recognize the top 10% of the graduating class from both SHS and BHS. Organizing and holding this event is a long time tradition of the local Lions Club of Live Oak. It has been held for 54 continuous years! The ceremony is made possible due to the support of community sponsors. This year business support from First Federal Bank of Florida, Farm Bureau Insurance and North Florida Printing Co. plus anonymous private support made the program possible.
For the first time as part of the recognition the local Lions this year offered a $500 Academic Scholarship to a SHS and a BHS top 10% student. This year approximately 20 students applied for the scholarship. The two selected by a scholarship committee were Suwannee’s Megan Letu and Branford’s Corissa Northrop.
2016 Suwannee High Top 10% of Class Honors Graduates
2016 Branford High School Top 10% of Class Honors Graduates
Live Oak Lions Club $500 Scholarship Winners!
Lion President Chris Fry and Scholarship Chair Justin Wilkinson present awards
Corissa Northrop - Branford High School -- Megan Letu - Suwannee High School
Banquet Program Speaker Rev .Shawn Johnson, PhD. Dowling Park First Baptist Church
Mr. Malcolm Hines - SHS Principal
Ms.Katrina Walker-Bius - Assistant Principal BHS
Caterers: Ms Julie Dees Branford Culinary Arts, Courtney Dees and Jessica Mott, and Suwannee School Cafeteria Manager Ms. Arlene Baker
Dinner Music and Entertainment: Jack Fry
SHS Students Share Pizzas with Lions!
A group of apprehensive Suwannee High Leo Club members recently got to meet, observe, interact, and eat some pizza with a group of local Lions at their school. Everything went well and the meeting went off without a hitch. The LEOs were cautious and on their best behavior. The Lions were fairly docile because they were getting fed and actually were two legged lions … members of the local Live Oak Lions Club. The occasion was used to recognize the LEO members for their service within their community and their helpful work at the LIONS Club concession stand at the Suwannee County Fair this year.
The Live Oak Lions Club has sponsored the SHS LEO Club for several years. Members are encouraged to develop leadership, self worth, and positive citizenship and involve themselves in their community in activities designed to help our less fortunate citizens.
This year Roger Sumner, SHS Instructor, became the new LEO Club advisor due to the retirement of long time advisor Terry Mills. During the LEO/LION meeting the Leos witnessed the official installation ceremony of Lion Roger Sumner by Lion President Chris Fry.
New LEO Club Advisor, Roger Sumner (L) installed by Sponsoring Lion Terry Mills (c), and Lion Chris Fry (r), Club President
NEW MEMBER INSTALLED INTO LOCAL PRIDE
Lion President Chris Fry, New Lion Jeanette Clark, Sponsoring Lion Wyman Clark
On March 8, 2016 the club added its newest LION, Jeanette Clark, to its membership roll. Ms. Clark was sponsored by her husband and long time active member Lion Wyman Clark. Lion president, Chris Fry, installed Ms. Clark following unanimous recommendation and approval by fellow Lions.
The Live Oak Lions Club was Chartered June 10, 1950 and ever since has been participating in and contributing to the local community, especially in the area of vision care for local, financially challenged citizens. This has been made possible due to the much appreciated support of Live Oak and Suwannee County community minded citizens and businesses over the past 66 years. The LION motto is “We Serve”.
Live Oak Lions Add To Pride Numbers
Lion President Chris Fry, New Lion James Parker III, Sponsor Lion Jerry Poole
The Live Oak Lions Club continued to grow its pride when another new member, James O. Parker III, was officially installed at its February 23 meeting. Membership in LIONS is by invitation and approval of the board and club membership. Lions are typically community minded everyday type citizens who enjoy fellowship and like to “roll-up their sleeves” and work together to help others less fortunate. Local Lions invite anyone interested in membership or information about membership andactivities to simply talk to any Lion or go to their website. http://liveoakfl.lionwap.org
HOOKED on HEROES! Supported by Live Oak Lions
Lions learned about a new local service organization organized and operated by a local community minded citizen, Ron Cadle, and some similarly minded friends designed to benefit veterans.Their objective is to provide through the efforts or area volunteers and sponsors totally free saltwater fishing trips to veterans. Individual Lions participate by providing their boat and acting as volunteer captain. At the conclusion of the presentation by Mr. Blackmon LION members approved a $500 contribution to Hooked on Heroes on behalf of it's 5 veteran members to this local volunteer organized and operated charity group.
Live Oak Lions Club Welcomes New Member
Live Oak LIONS accepted and installed their newest member, Dana Norman, at the February meeting. Ms. Norman was sponsored by Lion Tina Fletcher, also a recently installed new member. Lion Norman was officially installed by President Lion Chris Fry who also presented Sponsoring Lion Fletcher a sponsor recognition pin from Lions International.
Lion President Chris Fry: New Lion, Dana Norman: Sponsor Lion Nina Fletcher
Live Oak Lions Installs New Members
LR:President Chris Fry: Sponsor Jack Lewellyn/New Lion Teresa Lewellyn; New Member Donna Lee/Sponsor Nina Fletcher; New Member Justin Wilkinson/Sponsor David Mullis
Local Lions Install and Welcome New Members
L-R:Lion President Chris Fry, Sponsor Adam Hitt with New Lion Tina Fletcher; New Lion B.J. Blackmon with Sponsor John Wiggins
Local Lion Volunteers Help Salvation Army
SOME LIONS MAKE GOOD BELL RINGERS !
LIONS learn about
Concealed Weapons Regulations and Responsibility
Burney Ratliff, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
Local Lions were treated to an interesting and informative presentation at their recent regular noontime meeting by guest speaker Mr. Burney Ratliff, a local NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. Mr. Ratliff reviewed and explained the process and qualifying procedures any applicant must successfully meet before being approved for a permit by the State. Eligibility requirements and procedures involved in applying for a concealed weapons permit apply to not only firearms but also to non firearm weapons. Permits are valid for 7 years and must be renewed. Presently there are approximately 1,465,000 concealed carry permit holders in the State of which 23% are female. Included in the discussion and questions were how the laws in Florida pertain to sites and events where weapons are barred by law even if a person has a concealed permit. An interesting program! Anyone interested in information pertaining to 100% Home Protection or certified firearms training can contact Mr. Ratliff at 842-2627
Lion President, Chris Fry, Burney Ratliff, NRA CFI, Kevin Greene Program Host
Suwannee Clerk of Court Updates Local Lions
Barry Baker, Clerk of Court, was the guest speaker at the Lions Club’s noontime Tuesday this past Tuesday. Mr. Baker gave those attending an informative update regarding the functions and various activities which involve the Clerk of Court office. The present finances of the County and some interesting present vs. past historical events about the county and clerk’s office were also highlighted, including the challenges brought on by population growth the county has experienced in recent years.
Lion President Chris Fry, Clerk of Court Barry Baker, Program Host John Wiggins
Local Lions Serve Again by Serving Again...
Several local Lions Club members volunteered their time and labor for community service to work together as a serving line on Saturday October 03 at the Florida Sheriff’s 2015 Homecoming and Open House. Great weather, great organization, great people, and great food made it a great day! Thanks to the Sherriff’s Ranch for giving Lions the opportunity to serve again at this annual tradition. Thanks to Lions who served – true to your motto: We Serve!
Lions Volunteer for Story Time Readers
Lion District Governor Visits Local Club
Florida Lions District 35-L Governor Larry Hopkins visited Live Oak Lions Tuesday to meet with local members at their noon time meeting. Governor Hopkins gave an inspiring talk regarding the spirit and meaning of being a LION in the community and how the change from traditional values to those of our “modern” society is affecting the ability to attract new members willing to participate in or even understand the personal rewards and character building of taking time to help others truly needing help.
Governor Hopkins identified and complimented members Chris Fry, Coy Howell, David Mullis, and John Wiggins as being true examples of the Lion Motto “We Serve” due to their dependability and work toward making the local community service club a success and their willingness to take time to help fellow Lions grow in Lionism.
Jeff Scott Host Lion Bob Dawson
Mr. Scott described a new futuristic concept already available that he has recently seen demonstrated whereby a nationwide networked system is developed and prescriptions can reviewed, recorded and considered/approved and filled via a “vending machine” linked to a centralized national site without any need for involvement by a live local pharmacist.
A very interesting program indeed !.
Suwannee County’s Florida Department of Health Administrator Speaks at Lions Club Meeting
LION JD Curls Kerry Waldron
Administrator of the Health Department in Suwannee County, Kerry Waldron, was the guest speaker at the latest regular noon time Live Oak Lions Club meeting. Mr. Waldron provided interesting as well as informative updates about the health department’s modifications and its activities over the past year and information about the numerous medical and health related services available for the county’s citizens.
Several Lions recalled that when they were a child the “health department” was simply a place to go to get immunizations. However, the organization’s activities now cover a multitude of different subjects, but the mission statement is simple:”To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, local & community efforts.” Most of their activities are “off the screen” and thus a large part of the general population is not aware of their involvement in providing a variety of health services. Some of the numerous programs and services provided or coordinated for the benefit of Suwannee residents include: Family Planning, Dental Health, Immunizations, HIV/AIDS testing & counseling and referral, TB testing and care, Communicable Disease Surveillance, Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings, Chronic Disease Care, STD, Women Infant & Children Services, School Health, OB Care, Teen Outreach, Vital Statistics (birth certificates),environmental , prepared food sanitation(restaurant inspections), Public Health Preparedness, and others.
Anyone seeking information or service availability can inquire at Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County, 915 Nobles Ferry Road, Live Oak, Florida 32064. Phone: 386-362-2708
635 Used Eyeglasses Collected and Donated
PDG Lion Pat Hall receives 635 glasses from Lion Presidnt Chris Fry
Lions make good use of old eyeglasses. Every year hundreds of people in Suwannee County get new eyeglasses. The old ones usually go into a drawer with the idea of the old pair being a "back-up" set but most of the time they are never used. Over the years most people just let them accumulate until they are finally discarded as clutter. Yet in many areas of the world people have never had the opportunity to get even one set of eyeglasses... in their entire life. What is their life like? Remember trying to do ordinary things without your glasses for a short while when you break or lose them? That is their life.
Lions for any years have valued these old discarded glasses as opportunities to provide sight to millions of people around the world who otherwise would never know the blessing of clear vision. The old glasses are collected, refurbished, optically measured, cataloged, and sent everywhere, US and abroad, to be issued by Lion volunteer professionals to needy communities, disaster relief areas, and mission trips. All is done by volunteers. This year the local high school LEO assisted in the project by organizing a glasses collection drive in the schools for fellow students to donate.
If you have some glasses you would like to donate simply notify or give them to any Live Oak Lion member.
Dr. Cheryl S. James, Executive Director of Development and External Affairs/PIO
Visits Live Oak Lions Club
May 26 2015
Lions Club 53rd Senior Awards Banquet
Live Oak & Branford Academic Top 10% Seniors Recognized
Suwannee High School Front L-R: Megan Ellis, Kevin Herron, Alora Cummings, Rebecca Perry, Danielle Hurst,Grace Law, Nick Torres, Lily Wyche, Jonathan Haney, Retrina Roberts. Back L-R: Gary Sansone, Krysta Bailey, Cheyenne Warner, Darian Linder, Trevor Ross, Brandon Furry, Tim Carter, Matthew Hendrick. Missing: JaShari Blige, Wyatt Jackson, Darian Scott, Cody Turner, Darrah Lane,Madeline Marler, Ryan Brantley, Haley Snipes.
Branford High School L-R: Lauren Suggs, Victoria Throckmorton, Cheyenne Thompson, Cheyenne Rucker, Katie White, Ashley Horn Missing: Katie Lloyd
Continuing a tradition that the Live Oak Lions Club in Suwannee County began 53 years ago to recognize graduating seniors for their academic accomplishments and to honor their proud parents the 2015 Annual Senior Awards Banquet was held on May 26 at the Live Oak Church of God.
To be invited to the event and receive recognition graduating seniors have to be in the top 10% of their graduating class. This year’s group of students was composed of 26 from Suwannee High School and 8 from Branford High School. There were 120 student, parents and guests attending this year despite the weather and the needed rain that came with it.
MC, Lion Adam Hitt called the program to order. After opening comments, Pledge of Allegiance, singing “America the Beautiful” and Invocation everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet meal prepared and professionally served by students of the Branford Culinary Arts Department who did a great job under the direction of their instructor, Ms. Juliana Dees.
Following the meal Lion John Wiggins introduced the event speaker, Rev. Dr. Shawn Johnson, First Baptist Church of Dowling Park. Rev. Johnson gave an enjoyable, challenging and inspiring message to the guests of honor and their parents.
Branford and Suwannee students were then individually recognized. Certificates of Achievement were individually presented to each Branford High senior by Mr. Jimmy Wilkerson, Branford High School Principal, and Adam Hitt, Lions Club President. Next Ms. Tammy Boggus, Suwannee High Assistant Principal of Curriculum, and Lion Adam Hitt awarded each Suwannee High Senior their certificate.
Following the presentations and benediction the ceremony was adjourned and then those group success- at- last memory photos were made.
The Lions Club expressed a sincere thank you to Lion Terry Mills, Suwannee High Instructor, for planning and coordinating the annual event for the past several years, to the loyal supporters at both schools, to individuals such as Ms. Marilyn Sapp who prepared all the certificates and invitations, and to all the other behind -the- scene contributors and volunteers.
The recognition of these young Suwannee County academic achievers was made possible by community supporting business sponsors: Thank You! First Federal Bank of Florida, Farm Bureau Insurance, and North Florida Printing.
Ms. Dees & Branford Culinary Arts Crew
Cleanup time --- Terry Mills does floors too!
Suwannee High LEO Club Has Pizza with LIONS
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 was an interesting day for some LEO Club members. They quietly entered a room containing and being watched by several pacing, hungry looking Lions, but in a few minutes all were devouring 10 large pizzas. After the pizzas they stayed and participated with the Lions in various other activities.
These “Lions” were not wild, fearsome 4 legged cats. Actually they were fairly docile, were 2 legged, and are members of the local Live Oak Lions Club.
The occasion was multi-purposed. One was to have a shared LIONS and LEO get together meeting at which the young people could observe an “official” Lions business meeting. Various reports were given, and 3 new Lion members were inducted. The Lion Club members also wanted to use the occasion to thank the Leo members for assisting them and helping their community this year by volunteering to work at the Lion Club’s concession stand at the Suwannee County Fair. This is the Lion’s main fundraiser. Funds raised from fund raisers are used to provide assistance to area sight and hearing disadvantaged citizens and to support positive citizenship involvement by our community’s youth. No proceeds collected from community fund raisers are used to operate the club.
Another purpose of the meeting was for the LEO Club to present to the Lions the results of their own community project, an eyeglass collection drive project that they conducted during the past few weeks. They did a great job and collected 200 pairs of glasses! The participation by donors, student and adult, was excellent. These used glasses will be refurbished, catalogued and made available by Lions District 35-L and Lions International to poverty stricken/disaster areas anywhere in the world. The meeting concluded with the Lions traditional Salute: “Not Above You- Not Beneath You –But With You”
Terry Mills LEO Club Advisor(L) and Lion President Adam Hitt (R) presented LEO President, Chelsa Croft a 100 % LEO President Award for meeting all the year’s requirements of a Leo President.
NEW MEMBERS INSTALLED
LIONS Learn About Digital Vision Enhancement Devices
Local resident JoAnna Neely was the guest presenter at the local Lion Club’s February 10 noon meeting. She gave a very interesting program about the challenges people with limited sight have with routine activities and the new technological devices available to help them. Ms. Neely related to the group the story of her growing up in Suwannee County as she gave a very informative demonstration of the advancements in technology and the functionality of modern electronic aids. She indicated that the local LIONS Club had provided her with her first reader back in 1976. The modern portable hand held visual-to-auditory digital readers were amazing to observe in actual use. Although their capabilities seemed like “science fiction” Ms. Neely’s hands-on demonstrations using her personal devices proved they are real and available today.
L-R: Lion Mike Johnson, JoAnna Neely, Lyndon Fortner (JoAnna's dad), Lion Adam Hitt
LIONS Share Food
with Community Families
Pregnancy Care Center L-R: Lions Wyman Clark, John Wiggins, David Mullis, Vickie Hicks, Director Live Oak Pregnancy Care Center; Lions Homer Scroggin, Mike Johnson, Wyatt O’Neal
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