The Buckhannon Lions Club recently hosted speakers Upshur County Commissioner Creed Pletcher and Superintendent of the West Virginian Wildlife Center Gene Thorn at a meeting that also welcomed two new members.
Pletcher said that county commissioners are required to meet four times a year, but the Upshur Commission meets weekly. Each meeting is open to the public. He stated that each commissioner is assigned agencies, and each must go to Charleston for 12 days of training. He also noted that the commission handles all purchasing and pays for all bills for the county.
Thorn told the group that the Wildlife Center contains 300 acres of land and 80 acres are in development. He said the current development started in 1986. He explained that phase one has been completed, but phases two and three are still in development. He also noted that the funds they receive are not enough to cover the costs, and special events are in the works.
Taking part in the Buckhannon Lions Club membership ceremony are, from left, District Governor Dave Nicholson; John Phillips; Charles Green, sponsored by Phillips; Charlie Watts, club president; Tyler Williams; and Mike Alborano, Williams’ sponsor.
Two members, Charles Green and Tyler Williams, were inducted into the club. Lion John Phillips sponsored Green and Lion Mike Alborano sponsored Williams. Both new members received their pins from their sponsors. District 291 Governor Dave Nicholson officiated and also spoke on membership. He said the Lions are the largest service organization in the world.
It was announced that the annual fundraiser "A Taste of Italy" will take place from 4-7 p.m. on April 19 at the First Methodist Church. Tickets are on sale from any club member for $9 for adults and $5 for children. Cost at at the door is $10. Proceeds from the dinner are used for charitable purposes such as eyeglasses for those who can't afford them, community service projects, and programs for the blind and diabetics.
Buckhannon Lions Club meetings are conducted at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month, except for July, at the American Legion Hall.
The Buckhannon Lions Club is currently accepting new members. Anyone who wishes to become a member may contact any Buckhannon Lions Club member or Maureen Hull at 304-472-3434.