Hillsville Lions Club

Celebrating 75 Years of Service

 Where there's a need, there's a LION 

                                                                                                                                          Updated:  October 2017


                 Updated: October 2017

                                                                                                                                       October 2017





Celebrating 75 Years

The 75th Birthday of the Hillsville Lions Club birthday cake candle blower-outers team do their thing.  GOOD JOB!!!  The Hillsville Club was founded in 1940. 

                                                                                               February 2016


Past Presidents pose for a picture at the 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

From left - Lions Morris Branscome, Joey Haynes, Brad Dalton, Kitty Smith, Jim Parker (Current), Jerry Varn, and Bill Webb                                   February 2016



Lions Support the "FUMC Book People" project started at the First Uniited Methodist Church, Hillsville

The "FUMC BOOK PEOPLE" project has as a goal to provide every student pre-K-12 with a free book.  The project was initiated in January 2016 by Project Facilitator Susan Fairhurst and involved reading to students at Oakland elementary school. Each student was provided book for their very own.  The project needs lots of books.  Please contact Ms. Fairhurst at or the Hillsville Lions Club to donate books to this very worthy (and fun) cause.                                         October 2017


Hillsville Lions Support The Lions Eye Clinic of the Twin Counties of Virginia , Inc


Dr. Shad Wheatley, representing Eye Care on the Ridge in Hillsville,  donates his time to the Lions Eye Clinic of the Twin Counties of Virginia, Inc one day each  month for eye examinations of clients referred from the four local Lions Clubs.    Lion Shad is a member of the Hillsville Lions Club.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     October 2017


 2017 Peace Poster Competition Event

Above District and State winning Peace Poster submitted by Miss Isabelle Shockley of the  Carroll County middle school.  The Peace Poster competion a Lion sponsored event and is judged at the Local, District , State and International levels.  Left to Right: Lion Rick Beasley, Club President, Miss Shockley, Ms Tia Duncan-Stuart, Ms Shockleys art teacher and Lion Ann Cochrane, Club sponsor.                         February 2018



The Bland Music Competion is conducted jointly by the four Twin County Lions Clubs:  Hillsville. Galax, Independence and Fries.  Above pictured are the 2015 winners and three Lions representing the Galax, Independence and Hillsville clubs.                                                  Updated February 2016


Hillsville Lions  Perform Vision Screening in Local Schools

  During the months of October-November  2017, the Hillsville Lions Club worked with school nurses in the Carroll County Public Schools to provide vision screening for over 800 students, identifying a need for about 100 of the students to be evaluated professionally.  More information can be obtained on the Lions Clubs and on the vision screening efforts by contacting any local Lions Club member or by going to the "Contact Us" page on this web-site.                                                                                                                                          Updated October 2017


Hillsville Lions Enjoy Fun, Fellowship, and Food at the Annual Picnic at the Carroll Wellness Picnic Area

                                                                  January 2016


Hillsville Lions collect used glasses

Hillsville Lion Ron Walters (on right) sorts glasses collected from Hillsville at the Roanoke recycling center.  Glasses are sorted, prescriptions read, recorded and packed into shipping containers for distribution around the world. 

                                                                 October 2017


Hillsville Lions Participate in White Cane Day

Hillsville Lions participate in White Cane Day when funds are solicited for the Lions Sight Conservation programs.  Collection points are set up at several locations in the city. White Cane Day is a national project.  Left to right are Lions Kitty Smith, Jim Parker (President) and Peggy Chappell                                          January 2016


Semi Annual Yard Sales Held

The Hillsville Lions Club holds two yard sales per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.  Items are collected by Lions and participation is sought from local businesses.  The famous Lions Brooms are also sold.

                                                                                                         February 2016


Lions Participate in Hillsville Cruise-in

Hillsville Lions sell hot dogs and hamburgers at a Hillsville Cruise-in as an annual fundraiser.                                                                                          February 2016

International President Award

Lion Kitty Smith, Past Club President and Past District Governor, is presented the  Lions International President Certificate of Appreciation award at the 75th Anniversary dinner.  Presenting the award is Past International Director Wayne Davis (left) with Club President Jim Parker looking on.  Other recipients of the award were Club Past Presidents Bill Webb and Jerry Varn.


Lion of the Year for 2016-2017 Named

The annual LION OF THE YEAR award  for 2016-2017 was presented to Lion Bill Webb by President Lion Rick Beasley at the annual Lions picnic August 22, 2017. Lion Bill is a past President of the club and now serves as Treasurer.  

                                                                                                                            October 2017

 New Officers Installed for 2015-2016

Pictured are the 2015-2016 officers and Board Members installed for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. (From left) Immediate past President Jerry Varn, Secretary Judy Beasley, First Vice President Rick Beasley, President Jim Parker, Second Vice President Ray Burnette, Membership Chair Morris Branscome, Member-at-Large Jane Munsey and (seated) Treasurer Ron Walters and Member-at Large Janie Walters.                                                                                       February 2016


Parking at Flea Market Fundraiser

Each year, the club parks cars at the Carter Bank and Trust parking lot during the famous Hillsville Gun Show (Flea Market).                                                                                                                                             February 2016


Annual BBQ Fundraiser

Photos from the Lions Spring BBQ fundraiser May 19, 2016

The major fundraiser for the Hillsville club is the annual BBQ Lunch and Dinner.  It is held in the spring at the First United Methodist Church, Hillsville.  Eat in or take out, meals can also be delivered to business locations when pre-ordered.                                                                                                            May 2016


Hillsville Lions Assist at  RAM (Remote Access Medicine) Projects

Hillsville Lion Shirley Varn checks the eyesight of a client at the Wise county RAM (Remote Access  Medicine) weekend in Wise County.  RAM provides free professional  medical services to residents in various rural ares around the country which include medical, dental,  visual  services as well as many others.  Sessions usually last three days and serve approximately 1,000 to 4,000 people.   .                                                                                                                     February 2016


Valentines Day Card for Assisted Living Residences  











At the club meeting just prior to February 14 each year, the Lions collect and sign Valentines for delivery to the local assisted living facilities.                                                                                                                                      February 2016


Annual Nursing Scholarship Award

Lion President Jim Parker presents the annual Nursing Scholarship Award check to Carroll High School senior Miss Amber Ashton.  Miss Ashton spoke at the Club meeting on why she wishes to persue a nursing career.                                                  February 2016











Hillsville Club Lion Shirley Varn, District Chairperson for LeaderDogs for the blind, presents LeaderDog information tto the Bristol-Goodson Lions club in Bristol, VA       February 2016



   Thinking of joining a community service organization?  The Lions Club would love to have you.  Just come to one of our meetings, always held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at Shoneys restaurant in Hillsville.  The buffet dinner begins at 6:00 pm and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  Meetings usually last about one hour after dinner.

     Come, check us out, express your interest, or contact any Lions Club member.  Our Club e-mail address is:  or call  Club President Lion Jim Parker at 276-733-5974.

Updated February 2016


"Building Lionism, One Brick at a Time"


     The Hillsville Lions Club was chartered on August 31, 1940 and has been a consistent presence in the Hillsville and Carroll County community for over 75 years.    It is located in Lions District 24-F, Region 3, Zone 1.  District 24 encompasses all of the State of Virginia and sub-section F includes the Cities and Counties of Bland, Buchananm, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe.


John Alderman                                 Commonwealth Attorney

Homer Austin                                    Bookkeeper

Leonard Branscome - President        Theater                   Transferred from Floyd, VA

A. E. Cooley                                        Attorney

Rufus A. Fowler                                Service Station

J. S. Fulcher - Secretary                   Bank Clerk

Eugene Gardner                               Barber

Fred Gardner                                     Auto Sales

B. M. Giles                                        State Trooper

J. Howard Kegley                              Hosiery Mills

Dr. E. L. Lyon                                     Veterinarian

I. J. Nolan                                           Gas and Oil

Charles H. Pruitt                                Clerk Co. School Board

B. O. Quesinberry                              Grocer

Charles E. Ridge, Jr.                          Variety Store

N. E. Semones                                  Commissioner of Revenue

W. G. Stoneman                               Auto Dealer

Robert E. Wilkinson                          Farmer

Dr. W. C. Williams                            Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

Conner Webb                                   Deputy County Clerk

Guest Speakers at Charter Meeting:

          J. L. Tompkins, President of the Rotary Club

          Terrill J. Bowman, Lions District Governor



     Community Service:  The Club's major community service includes furnishing eye glasses for clients who meet certain criteria as well as hearing examinations and hearing aids.  The Club also supports the Lions Leaderdog for the visually impaired program and can supply information to the visually impaired.  We also work with youth activities including the Boy Scouts and our own Middle School level group of young Lions, known as Leos.  Our Club also sponsors Diabetes Awareness programs.

     District Level Services:  In Virginia we provide support to the Old Dominion Eye Bank and the Lions of Virginia Hearing Foundation and Research Center.  We collect used eye glasses and hearing aids for repair and redistribution to the needy.

     International Level Services:     We sup[port Lions Clubs International Folundation (LCIF), Leader Dogs for the Blind School, and Youth Exchange.



     Our Club finances are controled through the use of two separate accounts.   The Administrative account holds monies collected directly from members and is used to pay dues, costs of meals, club supplies, etc.  The Activities account is income earned through fund-raising events and donations involving the general public and is ONLY used for service programs in our community or district.  NO monies from fund raisers are used for administrative costs.



      International:  The Hillsville Lions club is part of the largest service organization in the world with over 1.4 million members in over 44,600 clubs in Districts in more than 190 countries and geographical areas.

     Multiple Districts:  Multiple Districts (MD) are large areas consisting of a whole state, Provinces or States in the United States, Canada or Mexico.  The Multiple District 24 consists of the entire State / Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Multiple District is administered by a Council of Governors whose membership consists of the District Governor for each sub-District  making up the Multiple District.  Our Club is in District 24-F -  24 being the designation for the MD of Virginia and the letter "F" denoting that our District is the 6th of the Virginia Districts.  District 24-F is currently led by District Governor Precilla Hall who is a member of the Rural Hall Lions Club.


Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.

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