Rappahannock Lions Club
I am very proud of the work our club does to help the Rappahannock community. The Lions Club motto of “We Serve” is more than a slogan. It is an ethos that is at the core of who we are as individuals, but more importantly, who we are as a group. Collectively, we are driven to make Rappahannock a better place to live.
Please allow me the opportunity to share with you some of our more noteworthy activities:
- Free vision and hearing testing for children and participation in the Aging Expo this summer where we gave numerous tests to elderly citizens.
- Supporting Camp Fantastic, Cancer is Messy, and other community events.
- Scholarships for young people entering the trades.
- Maintaining and operating the County’s “Loan Closet” in order to provide elderly or disabled citizens with free medical and assistive equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and beds.
- Organizing frequent litter pickup days with young Lions (LEOs) from Rappahannock High School and Wakefield Country Day School.
- Coordinating a major plastics recycling program with the Trex Corporation whereby we collect specific kinds of plastics which are then turned into benches. To date, we have partnered with other charitable groups to recycle nearly 6,000 pounds of plastics which have been converted to benches that have been placed at locations around the county.
- Partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Sheriff’s Office in the National Drug Takeback Program to ensure we keep unused or expired pharmaceutical drugs from getting into the hands of children or into the water table.
- Providing services and volunteers for county elections, the Food Pantry and numerous other charitable activities.
Our members are an integral part of what makes Rappahannock so special. Beyond the beauty of this county lies a communal spirit of helping others of which the Lions Club proudly belongs. Additionally, and very importantly, I would like to thank our many contributors and sponsors who provide the financial support to make our efforts possible. Their generosity is a vital part of our success.
In closing, I would like to extend an open invitation to join the Lions Club. There is so much more we can do to help our neighbors and those less fortunate if we had more of you with us.
Fred Stacey, President