River Hills Lions award top honor

November 23, 2013 

Kraft awarded Lions’ top honor

In the early part of the 20th century, Melvin Jones was part of a group of successful business men when, according to the Lions Club historical record, he asked himself, “What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition were to put their talents to work improving their communities?” The result? In 1917, Lions Club International was born.

These days when members of the Lions go beyond the call to live up to the club’s motto “We serve,” they are presented its highest honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Ron Kraft is one of those people. In his 15 years as a River Hills Lion, he has given himself to virtually every undertaking asked of him.

Kraft has worked in several capacities on the River Hills Lions Directory from sales to distribution manager. He’s been involved with the club’s annual golf tournament several times. And when the time came to set up the Lions Christmas tree lot, he was there. He was there to help sell the trees, too, in all kinds of weather. Kraft has worked with the Health Screening Unit at several Clover schools and has been active in the Lions school mentoring program.

Recipients of Lions charities can be thankful someone like Jones came along, and also people like Kraft came along after him.

Rotary clubs

paint at CAAC

Lake Wylie and Clover Rotary clubs joined Nov. 14 at Clover Area Assistance Center to paint a pantry wall in preparation for the installation of glass door refrigeration units.

Both clubs also joined together this fall to raise money to purchase and install the units, completing Phase Two of CAAC’s Full Choice Pantry project. The Coins For CAAC coin collection campaign ended on Oct. 26, but cans filled with coins are still being accepted. The fundraiser, plus matching funds from the Rotary Foundation, raised enough money to move forward with the project.

4-H swine project deadline Sunday

The Clemson Extension Service in York, Lancaster and Chester counties is seeking youth to participate in the 4-H/FFA swine project and the 2014 Show and Sale.

In this project, youth ages 5 to 19 will obtain a feeder pig in January, raise it for around three months and show the finished hog at the Annual Livestock Show and Sale. Youth must register as a 4-H member or be a registered FFA member in the Clover or York FFA Chapter to participate.

The weigh-in will be held Jan. 6, and the show and sale will be on March 22 at the Chester Livestock Exchange in Richburg.

The registration deadline is Sunday, Dec. 1. For details, call 803-684-9919, ext. 113.

Club taking tea reservations

The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill is taking reservations for its Victorian Teas, which are ChristmasVille events. Teas will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the historic Armstrong-Mauldin House, 607 Aiken Ave.

Cost is $20 per person. The tea includes carolers and servers in Victorian attire and music by harpists Joan Reid and Nancy Smith. The Sugar Plum Boutique will feature some new vendors showing Christmas-themed gifts, decorations and homemade holiday treats.

The Club’s cookbook “Traditional Tea Time Favorites” will be available.

The club also is taking reservations for a Children’s Tea with Mrs. Claus at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost is children, $10; adults, $15 and includes favors, music by the Musicality Ringers and other fun activities.

For reservations, call 803-328-8888.

Rotary holiday drop-in Dec. 12

The Lake Wylie Rotary Club will have a drop-in for members, potential members and other Rotarians from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the David Weekley Model Home, Cottages at The Landing.

There will be beverages and snacks. For more information, call 803-517-2190.

Humane Society store open

Christmas store with proceeds from sales benefiting the Humane Society of York County is open through Dec. 18 at 2000 S.C. 160 West, suite 112, beside the Towne Tavern.

Hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

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