The Richmond Hill Lions Club now has a place to call its own.
The club cut a ribbon to help dedicate its new clubhouse Friday at 75 Bass Drive, representing the culmination of at least two years of work.
The 2,400-square-foot facility, which has a kitchen and capacity for about 100 people, was finished Dec. 3, club member Ronny Gerrald said. The building took about two years to build. The first event scheduled for the new facility is today’s club Christmas party.
Gerrald, a member for 40 years, said the fast-growing club “kind of overgrew what we had.”
“We’ve grown larger than any Lions Club in the state of Georgia in the last couple of years with numbers,” he said.
The new building will be used for the club’s parties and activities. Before, the club had to rent places for its events. In previous wrap-ups of club events in the Bryan County News, the club met in the Wetlands Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
The club has owned the lot the building is on for years, Gerrald said. The money for the building came from two annual fundraisers — its golf tournament and Christmas party.
The facility’s front doors open immediately into a large open area that already had the podium up last Friday. The kitchen is around the corner to the right of the doors.
Caesarstone will donating crystal countertops, which were scheduled to be installed this week, Gerrald said, and is part of the many donations the club has received locally.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of people working together, and the Lions Club, we have really worked together on it,” he said.
The building is named after Burnard Exley, a longtime club member who has served as the group’s chaplain, according to previous reports in the News.
The Lions Club has been in Richmond Hill for 52 years, Gerrald said.