Richmond Hill Lion’s Club President Ron Stover and Richmond Hill Historical Society President Brad Brookshire recently unveiled the newest display at the Richmond Hill Museum – the original Richmond Hill Lion’s Club charter.
The charter was drafted in 1963 and commemorates the very first year of one of the oldest civic organizations in the county. It is in its original frame and displays signatures from many significant figures in city’s history, such as Billy Spier, Dr. Leslie Long, J.P. Rushing and J.W. Gill. Stover said none of the original members are living.
"The charter has been missing for many years, but has been recovered through the efforts of Lion’s Club members Ronnie Gerald and Jackie Mitchum," Stover said. "I’m glad to have it back, and I’m grateful to Historical Society for agreeing to display it for all of Richmond Hill and its visitors to see."
Brookshire said the charter will match up nicely with the original Richmond Hill Lion’s Club flag at the museum.
"Most of the original members provided a lot of history to this area," Brookshire said. "We’re glad to be able to display the charter. We’re always looking for items of historical relevance that can help people connect the dots to the past."
In its 45th year, the Richmond Hill Lion’s Club is still going strong. Last year, the club donated over 400 eyeglasses to the needy. They also have a sight program which delivers eye care to children and the elderly.
Stover said the club is on the verge of getting involved in more programs. He said there are currently 45 members, and he is looking for new inductees. The club meets every fourth Thursday at the Wetlands Center. For more information, call Stover at 756-3518.