For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.
Tickets are on sale now for $8 per plate, and can be purchased from any Lions Club member or at Ace Hardware in Newton Plaza. Plates include a half chicken slow-roasted over an open pit, cole slaw, bread, chips and iced tea. Desserts will be available for a donation.
A drive-through station will also be available across the street at the Legion Hall parking lot.
Along with individual plates, businesses are welcome to place multiple orders for their employees. Visit the Lions Club website at covingtongalion.org for more information.
Money from the BBQ Chicken fundraiser goes to four Lions Club charities that this year includes: Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind, Georgia Camp for the Blind, Georgia Leader Dogs and Lions Club International. Also, the Lions award six scholarships to graduating seniors from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton high schools. The Scholarship Committee is reviewing more than 23 applicants thus far.
The Covington Lions also coordinates the annual Christmas Parade, and this year played a part in honoring Officer Morgan Steward.
They have also conducted eye screenings at the Covington “Change the World Day” event and Newton Medical Auxiliary Health Fair at The Oaks Golf Course. The Lions work to provide eye exams, eye glasses, children’s clinics, eye surgeries, hearing aids and eyeglass recycling – all through the Georgia Lions Lighthouse for the Blind.
The Covington Lions are part of District I, which has had approximately 100 eye surgeries performed and eight contact lenses or prosthesis for a total cost of $762, 684 in 2013, and 600 people who received eye exams and 2,064 who received eyeglasses.
Lions will be collecting used eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones. Please give them to any Lion. Glasses and hearing aids are refurbished and given to the needy around the world. Cell phones are reconstructed for 911 calls only and used by the elderly living alone. Lions do an average of 600 hours per month of community volunteer work.