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Lions and Leo members at recent meeting (left to right): Cassidy Grover (Leo member), Tessie Williams, Tim Collier (SMS Principal), Laurie Rygiel, Marilyn Speake, Deric
Murphy (Lions President), David Hamilton, Albert Elmore, Shanikka Beacher (TES Principal), Cannon Curley (Leo member)

Lions Club continues service projects

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The Tallassee Lions Club started in 1939 with a mission to help the Tallassee community and surrounding area. The club has for many years supported the Lions' eye site mission through charitable giving and in more recent years has grown this endeavor into the coordination of eye testing once a year at Tallassee Elementary, Southside Middle School and at the Girl Scout Camp on Lake Martin in the summer.

We are very proud to announce the Spring of 2022 the testing will also be done at Tallassee High School. In addition, Dr. Paris Mullins, a former LIONS member, is always working with vision referrals sent to him from us. We have helped many people within our community receive vision services and will continue to do so. 

Tallassee Lions is also a diabetes prevention supporter and each year sponsor children with diabetes to Camp Seale Harris. This camp teaches them a lot about diabetes management and care and creates a support network with other campers with the same disease. 

Tallassee Lions are active within the community supporting many worthwhile causes. We sponsor local sports every year on all levels for the various youth sports leagues. We have sponsored many teams and helped with travel to championship tournaments. When in the community and you see the blood drive van – please donate. This is a life-saving program that we support.

Finally, each year we have three $1,000 scholarships that we award at Tallassee High School for students. These students are selected on a broad range of criteria including academics.

The Lions sponsor the Tallassee LEO Club which is a high school youth program that allows the youth in high school to assist with Lions programs. These teenagers work hard with other assistance in Tallassee. We are excited to announce this year they are making a float for the THS homecoming parade.

Each year we have a major fundraiser – in the past we have done light bulb sales, golf tournament, 5K runs and baseball/softball tournaments. Our fundraising is very important as it supports the Lions Club programs within the community. This spring we will be hosting a baseball/softball tournament, date to be announced, and we invite you to come out to support and play.