Boynton Lions Sell Vidalia Onions To Bring Opportunities To Aid Sight

Friday, March 14, 2014

Boynton Lions Club will bring the flavor of Vidalia onions to Catoosa this spring.

The Boynton Lions Club annual fundraising effort is underway.

President Elaine Hansford and fundraising chair Jim Cosper are working to increase the club’s ability to help others with the project.

“One of our club members travels to the Vidalia area to pick up the onions as soon as growers release them,” Ms. Hansford said. “We are aiming at bringing our biggest load back to date.”

She said the club is taking orders in advance for five-pound bags for $5, 10-pound bags for $10 and 25-pound bags for $20.

Mr. Cosper said the club will host a pickup day at the Boynton United Methodist Church towards the end of April as the growers make them available.

Ms. Hansford said buyers may purchase the onions by sending a check or money order for the size bag they wish to order with their name, phone number and/or e-mail toBoynton Lions Club c/o BUMC, 4246 Boynton Drive, Ringgold, Ga. 30736

"Pre-orders will be notified by phone or e-mail where and when to pick up," she said. " If onions are not picked up, the money sent will be considered a donation to the Lions club and onions will be sold after the pick up date."

Mr. Cosper said growers pull the onions up fresh from the ground.

“We will also make them available at various locations around the community,” Mr. Cosper said. “As soon as we know for sure, we will put the word out on when we will have them available for pick up.”

The Boynton Lions Club will also host a booth at 1890s Day Jamboree to conduct free vision tests as well.

“Selling onions assists the club in meeting the requests we have from the community for assistance with eyeglasses and other sight needs,” Ms. Hansford said.

Members of the public may get more information about ordering onions from Boynton Lions Club at 423 321-2481.

The organization works on a statewide level with Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind and the Emory Child Care Center.

Another major community project is the long-term care and maintenance of the Dailey Hill Cemetery. The group is now receiving donations from friends and relatives of those interred there to assist with the costs of mowing and upkeep. Donations may be sent to Boynton Lions Club c/o BUMC, 4246 Boynton Drive, Ringgold, Ga. 30736.

Boynton Lions Club meetings are the second Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is catered by the Dinner Bell. Cost is $6.50. They take place at the Boynton United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, and membership dues are $21 per quarter. For information, call 423 321-2481.

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