Toccoa Lions Club Celebrates 80 Years

A local service club celebrates a milestone.

Earlier this month, the Toccoa Lions Club celebrated its 80th anniversary.

A banquet was held to mark the occasion at the Gate Cottage on the campus of Toccoa Falls College.

Toccoa Lions Club Vice President Bryan Gordon noted the representation at the banquet of various Lions clubs throughout the state of Georgia.

“We had a marvelous turnout,” said Gordon. “We had Lions from 13 other clubs in northeast Georgia visit with us. We had people from as far away as Towns County, Loganville, Snellville, the Augusta area, and places in between.”

The celebration also featured Georgia Lions Lighthouse Chair Kembra Smith of the North Decatur Lions Club.

Gordon said that Smith shared some of the work, both past and present, that the Toccoa Lions Club has done.

“She came and spoke about the Toccoa Lions Club in preventable blindness and sight conservation,” said Gordon. “She cited the fact that the Toccoa Lions Club started putting glasses on people as early as 1944.”

The Toccoa Lions Club was created in 1933.

Gordon said that the club’s current mission is still the fight against blindness.

“We have a local sight conservation program,” said Gordon. “Last year, the Toccoa Lions Club put over 100 pairs of glasses on needy people in Stephens County.”

Since its creation, the Toccoa Lions Club has also supported various other organizations in the community like the Salvation Army, and more recently, the Open Arms Clinic that started in 2005.

The Toccoa Lions Club meets twice monthly at Gate Cottage.