September 28, 2016

At the Cedar Key Lions Club meeting last evening at the Community Center, President Eileen Bowers made a wonderful, meaningful  announcement of critical interest to Cedar Key:

Shortly after Hurricane Hermine hit, the Cedar Key Lions Club applied for and received a check for $10,000 dollars in Disaster Relief Funds from Lions International and will use it to rebuild the children’s section of the Cedar Key Library!

As with their other activities, Cedar Key Lions held true to their mission of helping others with this gift.  Since its inception in 1917, the Lions Club mission has been: “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”  And serve their communities, they did, with this grand and needed help.

The Cedar Key Lions Board pondered the best possible use of the Disaster Relief Fund dollars.  Lion Maurice Hendrix remarked, “Dividing the dollars into numerous small projects would be less effective than supporting or creating one larger project.”   Understanding the critical niche the Library plays in this community, the decision was then made to assist the Library! 

The Lions will donate the check to the Friends of the Library directly where it can be used efficiently and effectively.  The Friends will control the dollars for its purchases and expenses. Lions Legacy Chair Diana Preissman will work as liaison with the Friends of the Library.  

Lions Club International’s Garry Masters will arrive in Cedar Key on November 8, 2016,   to formally commemorate the donation.  “He saw the need,” said Bowers gratefully, “and cut the check!”

Lion and Cedar Key City Commissioner Dale Register explained, “The city had good flood insurance, but this will help the city with its Number One priority, the Library.”