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The Grundy County Lions Club is currently working on the 7th Annual Grundy County Lions Club Golf Tournament with Citizens Tri County Bank as the corporate sponsor. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 at Fall Creek Falls State Park with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. and a wonderful lunch will be served. Please hurry and hold a spot for your team, because there will be limited space. The entry fee is $300 per 4-person team. Several local teams are forming. Cash prizes will be given in each flight along with the opportunity to win $15,000 and cash door prizes. If you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor, please contact Mike Birdwell at 235-7750 or Gayle VanHooser at 692-3621.
The tournament corporate sponsor is Citizens Tri County Bank (all locations) that believes in reinvestment in the communities they serve, and we are thankful that they have agreed to place the Grundy County Lions Club on their long list of beneficiaries. There are many businesses in the area that have been a main stay in the support of the Grundy County Lions Club and the club is only able to help others through these loyal supporters.
Sponsors for last year’s event include Ben Lomand Telephone, Mike’s Pharmacy, First Community Financial, Creeds Wrecker Service, The City of Gruetli-Laager, Mountain Valley Mental Health Center, Hwy 41 Auto, Tire & Lube, Darrell’s Auto Parts, Palmer Drugs, Layne’s Funeral Home, Town of Monteagle, Creed’s Wrecker Service, Town of Altamont, Town of Tracy City, The Cumberland View, Rusty’s Barber Shop, RAM Auction LLC, Citizens State Bank, Rayco Electric, Curtis Supply, Town of Palmer, L & L Market & Hardware, A-1 Communications, Barry Medley, Jim Oliver’s Best Western Lodge & Restaurant, Cumberland Funeral Home, Grundy County Rotary, and Grundy County Officials.
The golf tournament is the only fundraising event that the club has annually and is seeking sponsorships at $100 for a hole sponsor and $300 snack cart sponsorship. The best deal for a golf-playing sponsor is any sponsorship of $500 or more, which will buy a free team into the tournament. Those sponsorships are Putting Green, Longest Drive, and Hole-in-One.
The club is currently able to provide eye exams and new glasses to four people per month. The club also does various eye and hearing screenings at senior expos, Relay for Life and other events throughout the county and does a special screening for ALL pre-school students in the Grundy area annually. This event is organized and implemented by Wanda Lawson. Through the Middle Tennessee Sight Service, many individuals from Grundy County have been helped with needed eye surgeries and treatments.
The club is currently collecting used eyeglasses that can be redistributed back to individuals that fit the prescription. Grundy County native Judy Sawa does an eyeglass drive at her church, Beach Community Church in Illinois, and brings a bag of used glasses to Tracy City with her when she comes in for her family reunion. Ms. Sawa stated that she understands the NEED, and it is her small way of giving back to her home community. She said that her mother would do without important things, such as glasses, in order to see that her family’s needs were met first. The club would like to thank Ms. Sawa for her used eyeglass drive.
“It is our dream that no one in Grundy County will have to suffer with vision problems,” said President Vicki Meeks. “With your help, the Grundy County Lions Club will be able to SEE that dream come true.”
If you live in the Grundy County area and you or someone you know has a need for an eye exam or glasses and do not have the ability to pay, please contact the Grundy County Lions Club at 592-4000 and leave a message with your address and someone will mail you an application. The application committee gives high priority to children and the elderly and those individuals that have jobs without insurance and an inability to pay for the expense of glasses.
If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, and you have time constraints, this club is the club for you. The impact to our county is estimated at over three hundred and fifty individuals a year through our special programs, however we only ask you to attend an hour long meeting once a quarter and volunteer at the annual golf tournament. The club is looking for new members with a commitment to serving others. If you are interested in becoming a Grundy County Lion, contact Gayle VanHooser at 931-692-3621 or just come to one of the meetings at Ben Lomand Telephone Conference Room. The next scheduled meeting is July 30 at 5:00 pm. The club officers are President Vicki Meeks, Vice President Melissa King, Secretary Gayle VanHooser, Treasurer Whitney Brown, Application Chair Debbie Scissom, Pre-K Screening Chair Wanda Lawson, and Mike Birdwell, Golf Tournament Director and Past President. Any of these individuals will be happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding the work of the Grundy County Lions Club.