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Local Lions bridge gender gap
Joy Watkins presides at meeting

History has been made at the Louisburg Lions Club as Joy Watkins has become the first female president of the club.

The Louisburg Lions Club was chartered in 1942 and currently has 31 members and the club’s first lady president.

The club’s new president is a Louisburg native and a graduate of Meredith College.

She also comes by her service to the Lions Club naturally.

“My father was very active in Lions when I was growing up. He really enjoyed his time with the Lions Club, and raised me with a strong sense of community and service to others,” Watkins explained.

“The Louisburg Lions Club gives us a great opportunity to serve our local town and the Franklin County area. After all, the Lions’ motto is ‘We Serve,’” the new president said.

In addition to her service with the local Lions Club, Watkins, who is a customer service representative with Franklin County Farm Bureau, said that she loves to read and also enjoys camping.

“My church also plays a big role in my life with many activities throughout the year and I enjoy occasionally teaching Sunday School,” she said.

Lions clubs represent the largest service organization in the world being present in 208 countries with more than 46,000 clubs and about 1.35 million members. Lions were founded in the United States in 1917 and expanded international in 1920.

There are about 7,300 Lions in North Carolina within 330 clubs.

All Lions worldwide share the same motto ‘We Serve’ and have similar priorities involving services for the blind and visually impaired and to aid their local communities.

North Carolina Lions support Camp Dogwood for the blind and visually impaired, located at Sherrills Ford, in existence since 1967, a Mobile Screening Van; a fishing tournament on the Outer Banks for three days and in existence since 1982, White Canes (since 1935) for the blind and visually impaired; and clinical eye research at the Wake Forest University Eye Center and School of Medicine, Duke Eye Center, and The University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Ophthalmology.

In addition, Lions collect and recycle used eyeglasses.

The Louisburg Lions Club has increased membership over the past year and is always interested in additional members who would share their same priorities and be part of the club.

Anyone interested in membership should contact the Lions Club.


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