Brookneal Lions Club has been in existence since 1948, for almost seventy-two years, and in past times has prided itself in having over 50 members back in the day when Lions met at the Old Brookneal Hotel, what is now an apartment building on Lynchburg Avenue. There are many men still in Brookneal who remember that hey day, but alas, are no longer Lions. Lions do a good work in the community, but in recent times, membership has dropped off as people have either passed on, illness and age prevented them from continuing, or life just got too busy. Sadly, today, people seem less interested in service organizations, giving back, and helping others, something the older generation has failed to pass along. The Brookneal numbers have been low at times, more recently with fifteen members, only ten of them active and participating in the care of their community.
Still, this small group of dedicated Lions go about the business of providing eye glasses and exams for those in need. Surprisingly, they have also provided other services like building the town gazebo and its sister one at Heritage Hall, and supporting Leader Dog, and many other worthwhile projects and causes both locally and internationally. These Lions fund two young men to Boys State each year, and provide a scholarship to a WCCS senior yearly. They pass out candy at the Christmas Parade when displaying their Memory Tree project. They support both North Halifax and Brookneal Fire Services, and also contribute to B.E.A.M. annually. Lions honor a Brookneal Citizen of the Year every year with a plaque, dinner for them and their family members, and $200 to the charity of their choice. Recently Lions have provided transportation to Richmond and accommodation funds for a local woman who requires ongoing eye surgeries, all making them fully represent the motto of Lions: We Serve.
Recently the Brookneal Lions Club has had a serge of new members, diversified and strong, working hand-in-hand to help folks in Brookneal and surrounding areas. Pictured are four of the six new members, Jeaneen Abbott and Kathey Fraley of Halifax County, Garvin Maffett, Chief Advancement Officer for Patrick Henry Family Services, and Barbara Wright Martin of Brookneal, receiving their induction packets and Lions pin by current Lion President, Sherman LaPrade. Other new Lions (not pictured) are L.T. Guthrie in law enforcement, and Chris Brown of Brookneal.
Brookneal Lions meet once a month at 246 The Main Cultural Arts Theatre on Main Street in Brookneal the second Thursday of each month at 7:PM for a home-cooked meal and to discuss projects and enjoy each others company. They are eager to have more new members and would enjoy seeing old members return. They give an open invitation to join them in service to the community they live in and love. If you are interested in having a meal with them to find out more, please call 434.376.2461 to make arrangements.