By NANCY KARRICK
Special to Atmore News
Lion Chuck Brooks presided at the Atmore Lions Club for the first time as the club’s new president. He also led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and gave the blessing. Seventeen people were in attendance, including guests Ruth Butler, Mike Bunn, and Freddy Alvizo.
The July 6 meeting was the first of the new Lions calendar year, and started off with lots of praise for the members who went to Camp Smile last week and cooked and served over 150 plates of food to the campers and staff. Lions will be off doing service again on July 26 when they go to Camp Seale Harris to prepare and serve the campers and staff there. These camps are held for children with cancer and diabetes, both of which are Lions Club International projects.
Mike Bunn, a resident of Daphne and the director of Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, was the guest speaker. He spoke on his newest book, Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America’s Revolutionary Era. Members heard the story of why West Florida chose not to fight the British and how that decision caused them to be overtaken by the Spanish. Much of that battle took place in our general area.
Lion Patty Davis informed the group that the speaker for the July 20 meeting will be telling us what happens to the eyeglasses that Lions collect and the process involved in this project.
July is Membership Month and members are encouraged to bring a potential member to the meeting.