By the Maben Lions Club
Shawn Nygard, president of the Maben Lions Club, welcomed a special guest, District Gov. Jerry Lightsey of Batesville, who came Oct. 22 to induct two new members to the club.
Rob Collins sponsored Ken Norwood and Dow Carder to become Lions, and the club unanimously welcomed them to the club. Ken recently purchased the NAPA Auto Parts store in Maben, and Dow recently purchased Doss Electric Co.
Before inducting Ken and Dow, Jerry Lightsey told the members how he became a Lions and why he believes in the work that Lions do in helping people with sight and hearing problems, encouraging youth through leadership training and scholarships, and by supporting needed projects in local communities.
The Maben Lions Club sponsors the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest for young boys and girls aged 8 to 15. The winners of that contest compete in the sectional competition in Tupelo. The top five winners of the areawide sectionals will compete in New Orleans at a Saints NFL football game later this season.
The Maben club recently went to three area schools to perform sight screenings. At West Oktibbeha Elementary in Sturgis 102 were tested and 15 were referred for further testing. At Hebron Christian School 165 were tested and 19 were referred for professional testing. At East Webster Elementary 347 students were tested and 18 were referred for further testing.
The Maben Lions Club is also planning to send two boys and two girls from area high schools to Leadership Weekends next spring. These students will be trained in leadership skills while having a lot of fun through varied activities.
Maben Lions meet twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays at noon at Trace-Way Restaurant in Mathiston. The first meeting each month is a business meeting. The second meeting each month the club enjoys an interesting program presented by special guests when possible. The Lion year starts in July, so July 24 the new officers for the 2013-14 year were installed by Jane Collins, zone chairman for Eupora, Maben and Starkville clubs.
On Aug. 27 the program guest speaker was Howard Chism, who told the members the history of Sly in Mathiston. On Sept. 24 the guest speaker was Richard Davis, senior director of special services for detection and treatment of special needs children for the Health Department in Starkville. He described some of the services that are offered by the T.K. Martin Center on the MSU campus. The service coordinator works with families with special-needs children to make an Individual Family Service Plan and offers training and counseling on how to work with the special needs child.
If you are interested in becoming a Lion member please call 263-8458 and you will be given more information about who to contact in a club near you.