By NANCY KARRICK
Special to Atmore News
The Atmore Lions Club held its first meeting of August on August 1, in the Mayson Auditorium of Atmore Community Hospital.
Lion Candace Wooten presided and recognized visitors Pat Hoffman, Mandie Thompson, Carla Dyess, John Drinkard, and Gus.
The Diamond Centennial Membership award was presented to Stephen Van Pelt and the Gold Centennial Membership awards were given to Jordan Barnett and Candace Wooten.
Anna Marie Gilchrist, Candace Wooten, Brandon Beachy, and Dana Vickrey received t-shirts for participating at Camp Seale Harris where they cooked for and served over 200 campers. It was reported that Lions completed a trash pick-up last week. It was also reported that Emmie Jernigan recently married and her last name is now Flowers.
The program was presented by John Drinkard, executive director of the John 9:3 Foundation, along with his service dog, Gus. Drinkard is a wounded warrior who is confined to a wheelchair, yet finds himself at the helm of a non-profit organization which strives to help those he meets with the resources which God has given him by partnering other non-profit organizations. The group works with autism patients as well as the wounded warriors. He is currently preparing to undertake handicapped sporting event in south Alabama.