Aberdeen Lions Welcome Two New Members!

We are happy to be joined by two new members, Deborah Kilcollin and Jeanette Roberts.  Deborah is new to Lionism but wanted to join after visiting Camp Dogwood for the first time.  Jeannette is newly moved to our area but was previously with the Davidson Lions Club.  We look forward to big things from both!

Raeford-Hoke Centennial Lions Chartered August 26, 2017

The Aberdeen Lions are proud to be the sponsoring club of the newly formed Raeford-Hoke Centennial Lions club.  The charter ceremony started at 12PM in the fellowship hall of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Raeford NC.

Last year then District Governor Laraine Dupree had several requests for Lions in Hoke county.  The lack of Lions in the area was brought into stark relief by Hurricane Matthew and its wake.  In March the DG and a team of Lions including Aberdeen members John and Connie Monds set about to remedy that lack of a club.  While this is the end result of that campaign, it's just the start for the Raeford-Hoke Lions. 

Attending the charter ceremony were Lion dignitaries: DG Karl Ernst & his wife Barbara, PID Harvey Whitley and his wife PCC Diane, PDG Dale Dupree and his wife IPDG Laraine.  From the community was Pastor Toby Neal of Hillcrest Baptist Church who also was the guest speaker and NC state Representative Garland Pierce of the 48th District who joined the club!  Thank you to all that attended.

LEO Club Charter at Southern Middle School

With the new school year beginning we're finally writing about the charter of the new LEO club at Southern Middle School.  The Aberdeen Lions were happy to sponsor the new LEO club at their charter ceremony on May 17, 2017.  The event was held at Southern Middle in the library.  Attending the event were most of the 25 charter members of the LEO club, their advisor Suzane Badgett, principal Marcy Cooper, Lions DG Laraine Dupree and her husband PDG Dale as well as many Aberdeen Lions.  The Aberdeen Lions would like to specifically thank one of its own members, Gary Greene, for initiating and organizing the new LEOs.

The Aberdeen Lions look forward to this 2017-2018 school year with the LEOs.  The club already has several service project ideas and fundraising plans and we can't wait to share what they're up to!

Aberdeen Lions and Aberdeen Elementary Partner

Aberdeen Lions Club partnered with the Aberdeen Elementary School by providing them with books for each third grader for their summer reading program.  The students received such famous books as "Flat Stanly's "World Wide Adventures", "Million Dollar Shot", or "Two-Minute Mysteries" for a variety of fun, as well as variety for reading ability.

Aberdeen Lion Brad Logsdon delivered the 125 books to Assistant Principle Lacy Miller at the Aberdeen Elementary School.  This is the third year the Aberdeen Lions have provided books for the third graders.  Thanks to Lion Brad for his work on this project!

Norwood Lions Club's Low-Country Shrimp Boil

Come on down to the "all you can eat" Low-Country Shrimp Boil hosted by the Norwood Lions Club.  The dinner will be held May 5th, from 4:30 to 8 PM at Memorial Baptist Church, 878 Pee Dee Ave, Norwood, NC 28128.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door.

For tickets contact:

Dennis Layton (704) 905-8193, Craig Reich (704) 985-2029, Don Morrison (704) 474-5317 or Roy Chambers (704) 474-7265

Aberdeen Lions @ Wal-Mart raffling for Camp Dogwood

This past Saturday, April 22, several members of the Aberdeen Lions were camped out in front of Wal-Mart in Aberdeen to raise some money for Camp Dogwood.  During the four hours Lions Connie, John, Dave, Dorothy, Jim, Chuck & Eric sold about 29 books worth of tickets and raised about $330!  Not bad for a morning's work. 

We also had a special raffle for the tickets sold during the morning for a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.  The lucky winner was Tim Despain of Pinebluff.  Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket and to the Lions that were there to make the morning successful.

"Since 1967, Camp Dogwood for the Blind & Visually Impaired has been a beacon of service to citizens from all over North Carolina. This summer destination provides a wonderful and therapeutic vacation retreat for persons with blindness and visual impairment.

Every summer, up to 880 campers enjoy weekly stays with numerous recreational and entertaining activities. Our guests enjoy fun and relaxation while developing friendships with each other staff, and volunteers."

Aberdeen Lions Annual BBQ Sets Sales Record!

A cold blustery day couldn't stop the Aberdeen Lions Annual BBQ plate sale from setting a new club record, 950 plates sold!  Starting to cook a little before 6 that morning, Lions Davis, Mitch and Eric, with long time club supporter Pat Kelly braved the freezing temps to have the chicken and BBQ ready by serving time.  Almost the entire club was in attendance to help during the busy lunch rush.  Special thank you to Lion Davis, our chef, for all the time and work he puts into the planning and execution of this BBQ.  Because of his culinary expertise, each of the three years he has prepared the food the club has sold more than the last.  Thank you to all the non Lion volunteers that helped as well, we needed all the help we could muster!

Thank you to everyone that bought plates; especially the businesses that supported our event.  We were swamped with orders and we apologize for those that were late in delivery.  We'll see everyone again next year!

Aberdeen Lions Induct Newest Member, Mitch Coleman

The Aberdeen Lions, assisted by a visit from District Governor Laraine Dupree, inducted their newest member Mitch Coleman.  Mitch is soon to be retired.  He was a founding member of the Sandhills Optimist Club and has a long history of serving the community already.  The Lions are happy to have him in their ranks!

Annual Aberdeen Lions Club BBQ, March 16th 11AM - 6PM

It's that time of year again! Hungry yet?  If 14 hours over charcoal and hickory doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will.  World famous (or at least Aberdeen famous) BBQ chef Davis Clark is once again at the helm and if you had some last year we know you're going to be back again!  Come on down to Aberdeen Lake between 11 AM - 6 PM on March 16th to get either a plate of this delicious BBQ or BBQ chicken.  Plates are $8 a piece and are served with coleslaw, baked beans and a roll.  Place your order though our website, Facebook, or call (910) 944-2329. We deliver orders of 10 plates or more. All proceeds benefit the Aberdeen Lions Club mission to serve this community.

Aberdeen Lions Peace Poster Contest 2016

The Aberdeen Lions were pleased to be able to sponsor Southern Middle School, with the help of Janice James and Teresa Errickson, to participate in this year's Lions Peace Poster Contest.

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.

The theme of the 2016-17 Peace Poster Contest is "A Celebration of Peace." Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.

The Aberdeen Lions awarded $75 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third. Victoria Ayars and her winning poster will now move on to compete this January district wide against other winners for the right to move on to the next level.


  1. Victoria Ayars
  2. Fernanda Arriaza Martinez                                                                                                                     
  3. Tara Alice Owens

Honorable Mention

  • Maya Burris
  • Hailey Chadwick
  • Brooke Hendrix
  • Angel Mills
  • Kennedy Nicole Utley


Aberdeen Lions Vision Screening Unit, Saturday April 30 10AM - 4PM

Free eye screenings through the North Carolina Lions “See the 21st Century Mobile Screening Unit” (MSU) will be given in Aberdeen on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Aberdeen Wal-Mart Parking Lot on NC HWY 15/501.

Aberdeen Lions are offering the free screenings as a community service in their efforts for early detection of vision problems. No appointment is required. This is a screening only and should not be confused with a complete exam. Based on the individual’s screening results a recommendation will be made to that individual as to when they should have a complete exam.

The MSU is a 60 foot customized trailer and truck is funded through the North Carolina Lions. All the necessary equipment to conduct the hearing and vision screenings are on the MSU.

“Lions have a high commitment to battling vision problems and preventable blindness,” said Charles Dearborn, President of the Aberdeen Lions Club. Dearborn further stated “We are also interested in talking with service-minded people interested in serving their community.”

For further information on the (MSU) or the Aberdeen Lions Club contact Brad Logsdon at 910-692-7966

Annual Lions Club BBQ Next Thursday, March 17th!

Hungry yet?  If 14 hours over charcoal and hickory doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will.  The Aberdeen Lions Club is proud to continue it's new tradition of cooking its own food!  World famous (or at least Aberdeen famous) BBQ chef Davis Clark is once again at the helm and if you had some last year we know you're going to be back again!  Come on down to Aberdeen Lake between 11 AM - 6 PM on March 17th to get either a plate of this delicious BBQ or BBQ chicken.  Plates are $8 a piece and are served with coleslaw, bake beans and a roll.  All proceeds benefit the Aberdeen Lions Club mission to serve this community.

Aberdeen Lions Welcome Three New Members

The Aberdeen Lions are thrilled to welcome three new members to the club.  Lion Mike Callaham is a new inductee who was brought to the club by Lion Ben of Calvary Chapel in Aberdeen.  Lion Dave, sponsored by Lion Linda, has been a Lion previously but is renewing his Lion-ism through the Aberdeen club.  Both Mike and Dave have already contributed by helping the club put out flags on Labor Day!  Our third new member is another transfer, John Monds, formerly of the Norwood NC Lions.  The Aberdeen Lions continue to grow with the Lions' motto in mind, "We Serve".

Captain Johnson Visits The Lions

The Aberdeen Lions were happy to have Captain Jeremiah Johnson visit the club this past meeting, August 27th, 2015.  Capt. Johnson is part of the our fantastic Aberdeen Fire Department.   Capt. Johnson told the club about EMS response times, being involved with disasters across the country and about the department's increasing strain as Aberdeen continues to grow.  With the upcoming anniversary of September 11, the Aberdeen Lions want to recognize all the brave first responders of Aberdeen and across the country for their selfless work to keep us all safe.  Thank you!