Watch out! There might be lion at your front door delivering flowers today — just not the kind of lion you’d expect.
The Douglas County Lions Club will be out in the community on Valentine’s Day today helping a local florist deliver flowers on the busiest day of the year for the floral industry.
According to Lions Club member Ada Green-Harris, who works for Synovus Bank on Church Street— formerly Bank of North Georgia — members of the club will be using their own vehicles to deliver flowers from Frances Florist in order to raise funds for the club's community service.
As it turns out, Frances Florist owner Cyndie Bozeman is also a Douglas County Lions Club member.
“Our focus is on vision,” Green-Harris said. “We collect and recycle glasses and help people with getting eye exams.”
The small group of 18 Lions Club members do some very big work, as they participate in at least eight different events each year, including collecting glasses and offering vision screenings at September Saturdays. The club also participates in the Keep Douglasville Beautiful recycling event in April and October, where the club collects glasses to recycle in other parts of the world.
Among the club’s recent service activities have been eyeglass collections, diabetes awareness training, Feed the Hungry Food Box program and the chili cookoff.
The Douglas County Lions Club has a partnership with Walmart to help people in need get eye examinations and glasses. They do this by various fund raising activities over the year, including an annual yard sale at Synovus Bank and more untraditional events as delivering flowers on Valentine’s Day.
Green-Harris has roots in the Lions Club. Her father was club president in 1975 and she served as club president of the revamped club in 2015. Today she serves as the club’s secretary.
This year’s president is Denise Whitmore.
The Douglas County Lions Club was organized in 2009, after the Douglasville Lions Club disbanded in the 1980s.
Lions International is the world’s largest service club organization with 46,000 clubs and over 1.4 million members. Since Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917, Lions have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Sight is one of Lions defining causes, according to Lions International website.
The Douglas County Lions Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon and the third Thursday at 6 p.m. at Logan’s Steakhouse.
For more information about the Douglas County Lions Club or for membership opportunities, email DouglasCountyLions@gmail.com.