On the weekend of Feb. 3, the dining area of Culpeper’s Peppers Grill co-located with the Best Western Motel on Madison Road will be invaded by the members of the Lions of Virginia, Districts 24-A and 24-C celebrating their Winter Conference. District 24-A, under the leadership of District Governor Sally B. Kenavan and District 24-C, under the leadership of District Governor John Knepper, will be discussing past accomplishments, current initiatives and future plans for the organization.
Future plans discussions will be dominated by the pending consolidation of District 24-A and 24-C. This consolidation is being made as the result of a reduction in membership by Lions Clubs throughout the state and nation.
Culpeper is the home for two Lions Clubs, Club 92 and the Mid-Day Club. These two clubs, like all Lions clubs throughout the world, have a primary mission of Sight and Hearing testing and financial assistance in the procurement of Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids.
This year the Culpeper Clubs will test in excess of 3,000 citizens including the children in 10 public and two private schools. They will assist in the procurement of at least 200 pairs of eyeglasses and 10 hearing aids. All of the Lions clubs represented at the Winter Conference are accomplishing similar contributions to their particular communities.
While Sight and Hearing issues dominate the mission of Lions worldwide our contributions to the improvement of the quality of life is not limited by this work. Scholarships, donations to First Responder organizations such as Law Enforcement and Fire Fighting, Christmas Shopping for Children, Food Closet, SAFE and numerous other charitable organizations are also funded. The joy members observe when such assistance is rendered is ample payback for the countless hours each member expends in supporting this great cause.
Culpeper is honored to have been selected as the host for this event by District Governor Dr. Sally Kenavan. We are also honored to be the home of the next District Governor, Lion Wilma Murphy. The Presidents of the local Clubs, Lion Ann Laster of 92 and Lion Christopher Settle of Mid-Day are deeply appreciative of the decision made to select Culpeper as the host city for this event and hope this is the first of many events that grace our fair city by their presence.