#9503 Milford Hills Lioness Club Scrapbooks

Milford Hills Lioness Club Scrapbooks

MSS #9503

April 1995

Abstract: Two scrapbooks maintained by the Milford Hills Lioness Club (1977- 1994). A women's civic organization affiliated with Lions International active in volunteer work in Salisbury, NC, primarily with work for the blind, the Milford Hills Lioness Club also helped the Special Olympics, and the local schools, among others.

Online catalog terms:

Blind--North Carolina--Rowan County

Charities--North Carolina--Salisbury

Lions International

Milford Hills Lioness Club (Salisbury, N.C.)

Women in Charitable Work--North Carolina--Salisbury

Women--North Carolina--Salisbury--History

Size: Less than one linear foot. (Two spiral binders, approximately 16" x15".)

Provenance: Gift of last president of the club.

Mrs. Polly Edens

303 W. Colonial Drive

Salisbury, NC 28144

March 31, 1995

Access: No restriction.

Copyright: Retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Introduction

The Milford Hills Lioness Club was organized on April 19, 1977 when some wives of Milford Hills Lions Club members gathered at the home of Mrs. Emma Lou Moore. Ten days later this same group of women gathered at the home of Mrs. Blanche Glover and there signed a Lions International Certificate of Organization. For seventeen years the club was active in the civic life of Salisbury and became known for its volunteer work in the community, winning the Governor's volunteer award on three separate occasions.

The club was active in many aspects of work with the blind. Its fundraising and sponsorship of activities for Camp Dogwood being especially notable. The Milford Hills Lionesses also helped with the Special Olympics, local health and eye screenings, parties for special needs schoolchildren, and the local women's shelter. They also sponsored a third world child.

In addition to its many charitable activities the club held regular meetings with scheduled speakers. Program topics over the years covered a wide range of issues from hair care at home to eye care in Haiti. Harp music; visits to the Transportation Museum in Spencer and Old Salem in Winston-Salem; and discussions of community watch programs, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, preservation of Salisbury's mural, cornea and eye transplants, and Alzheimer's Disease figured into the clubs program itinerary over the years.

In 1992, Lions International began to encourage Lions and Lioness Clubs to merge. While the Milford Hills Lions and Lionesses had worked together on many projects over the years and had met together fairly regularly, the Lionesses preferred not to give up the identity of their own club. The Milford Hills Lions Club recognized the hard work and service of their counterparts over the years and extended full membership in their organization to the members of the Lioness Club. The Lions also offered to sponsor the formation of a new Lions Club to be created from the old Lioness Club members. Instead, on July 13, 1994 the Milford Hills Lioness Club, meeting at the home of Mrs. Evelyn Dry, voted to disband. They planned on continuing regular meetings on a social basis. Six days later, the Friendship club was organized. Mrs. Blanche Glover, who had hosted the first Milford Hills Lioness Club meeting, was in charge of the first gathering of the Friendship Club.

Series Descriptions

Series I. Scrapbooks

1977-1995

Arrangement: chronological

Scrapbooks maintained by the club contain lists of officers, programs from some meetings, newspaper clippings that report on club news and activities, committee lists, and snapshots of club outings and functions. Volume I covers 1977-1986 and Volume II records the club events from 1987-1994 with a statement in March of 1995 regarding the meetings of the Friendship Club.