Hickory – Vroom…. Vroom…. Calling all motorcyclist throughout Catawba County, The Unifour and Beyond… Remember to mark your calendar and make plans to attend  the  6th  Annual Lions Club Charity Ride is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 10th ( Rain date Saturday, October 17th) at Blue Ridge Harley- Davidson, 2002 13th Avenue Dr., SE, in Hickory. Entry fee is $25.00 Biker and $10.00 Rider ( passenger). Registration will start at 9:00 A.M. The first bike out will be 10:00 A.M. and event should end around 1:00 P.M.

According to Lion Wayne Houser, Chairperson of the Lions Club Charity Ride, this is a project of the following Catawba County Lions Clubs including Balls Creek, Claremont, Conover, Longview, Newton, St. Stephens, and Sherrills Ford in Zone 9 and Zone 8, respectively.

The purpose of our 6th Annual Lions Club Charity Ride is to raise the necessary funds to charter a bus to transport Visually Impaired Persons (VIP’s) to the 2021 NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament @ Nags Head. Due to many of our VIP’s live on fixed incomes, each of our 8 Catawba County Lions Clubs will be sponsoring VIP’s from their area covering cost of lodging for them at the coast. The Outer Banks Lions and Lions throughout our state will take care the fishing and meal expenses. “Most people are puzzled by why the NC Lions have been hosting this statewide event for VIP’s. So, we asked them to close their eyes and try enjoying television or imagine being at the beach and not being able to see a sunrise or sunset. All of our daily experiences, the sighted people take for granted are non-existent to our blind/visually impaired. Although the NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament held annual and last for 4 days at the Outer Banks, it provides our VIP’s pleasure and experiences of normalcy,” emphasized Houser.“ Currently, Catawba County Lions are partnering to ensure our VIP’s enjoy just a small part of life’s pleasures that they normally do not,” emphasized Houser. Catawba County Lions are actively contacting and inviting local motorcycle clubs, friends, family, and District 31-L Lions bikers to come out, to register, and to support in their 6th Annual Lions Club Charity Ride. The first 25 Pre-entries will receive a free T-shirt printed with sponsor’s name printed on the back. Currently, these Zone 9 Lions Clubs are soliciting individuals, businesses, and District 31-L Lions to become financial sponsors and/or donate quality door prizes. As a sponsor, your name will be printed on the back of the T-shirts and depending on your sponsorship level, additional information can be included. Corporate sponsorship levels are available. If you choose to become a corporate sponsor, then your name and/or company name will be displayed in large bold print above the other levels of sponsorships. Our different sponsorship levels are listed below:

$500.00 Corporate Sponsorship , Bold Center Text
$300.00 – 3 line of Ad Text
$200.00- 2 line of Ad Text
$100.00- 1 line Ad Text
$50.00 – Honorarium /Memorial

As Lions, our members receive no compensation for our service. Our only satisfaction is that we have honored our mission statement, that “WE SERVE”. For more information, please contact Lion Wayne Houser @ 704-418-9357 or e-mail: wayne.houser.46@gmail.com.

Who Are The Lions? Where There’s A NEED… There’s a LION.

When it comes to meeting the challenges, LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL, exemplifies their motto “WE SERVE”. Found in 1917 by Melvin Jones, an insurance executive in Chicago, Illinois, LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL, the world’s largest coeducational service organization, has over 1.4 millions members in over 47,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographic areas throughout the world. When Helen Keller, spoke on June 30, 1925 at Lions Club International in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  she  challenged  the Lions to become the Knights of The Blind in the crusade against darkness. Over the past 103 years, Lions Club International has united and increased their global services around five areas of need. These five Global Causes presenting significant challenges to humanity are:

• Diabetes
• Vision
• Hunger
• Environment
• Childhood Cancer

For more information regarding contacting your local, NC Lions, Inc, or Lions Club International, please check out their website and Facebook pages at:
NC Lions, Inc.: www.nclionsinc.org
LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL- http://lionsclub.org/EN/Index.php