Special to The Greenup Beacon
The Flatwoods Lions club held their installation dinner, Thursday, June 25 at the Depot in Ironton, Ohio. The club took this occasion to celebrate the fruits of their labors for the 2014-15 club year. Guest speaker for this event was Gary Sizemore, director of Emmaus House in Greenup.
Sizemore spoke on how Emmaus House serves the community; their goal is to help families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities proving that their loved ones can be a valuable part of the community and become more independent.
One of the primary services the offer is Adult Day Training Monday thru Friday; education is a huge part of our work and they cover topics such as money management and consumer awareness. The Emmaus House Cafe serves lunch on Tuesdays; the clients plan the menus, do all the shopping, cooking as well as serving the meals.
They have people in charge of publicity sending out emails about the weekly meal and posting it on Facebook; the café also offers delivery service. Mr. Sizemore and his group have great plans for the future that hopefully will include assisted living for members, jobs as well as offering families respite care. Gary is a 1999 graduate of Greenup County High School.
The Flatwoods Lions Club is affiliated with Lions Clubs International; a Civic organization serving all over the United States since 1917. As part of the International organization, we participate in larger projects such as: White Cane Day, Candy Days and the Sight Program.
Locally the club purchased eye glasses for twenty-five plus people, and collected 670 pairs of glasses and 287 individual lenses to be distributed by Lions International. The club rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas and provided support for Helping Hands. Flatwoods Lions support various groups locally and at the state level; Camp Crescendo, Flatwoods Library Summer Reading Program; Hindman Settlement, Emmaus House and the Insight program at Morehead State University.
The club provided $500 Scholarships for three Russell High School seniors. The club helps the city with the Fall Festival Parade and the Christmas Parade each year.
We are able to take on community projects thanks to the support of community members for our hamburger fry’s, fish fry’s and nut sales. We meet at 7PM the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Giovanni’s on Argillite Road and non-members are welcome.
Past District Governor of Lions Club District 43-Y Mike Heineman presided over installation of officers.
Officers for the 2015-16 club year are: Susie Gullett-President; Jonathon Charles-1st Vice President; Ron Fields- 2nd Vice President; Luther Grizzle- 3rd Vice President; Bobby Crager;-Treasurer; Sandra Ferrer- Secretary; Phyllis Clark- Tail Twister; Andrew Manis- Lion Tamer; Nancy Litteral- Membership & Chaplain.
Board Of Directors; 2015-16 Wanda Caudill; Marie Fyffe; 2015-17 Bill Fyffe; Lisa Belt; Gray Tomblyn.
Lions Jonathon Charles-1st Vice President (left) and Ron Fields-Second Vice President (center) being installed by Past District Governor Mike Heineman (right).