New members join Columbus Lions

Published 9:12 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011

Three new members recently transferred into the Columbus Lions Club, one from near and two from far. Fred Eaton is the new “near” Lion, having graduated from Green Creek High School and living in the Polk County area off and on for many years. His wife, Barbara Patton Eaton, who died in 2005, was from Polk County and they had three children, Arnie, Gary and Connie.

Fred Eaton

Eaton retired from Carolina Freight in 1993 and now says he enjoys visiting his children and grandchildren and the fellowship of volunteering with the Lions.

Jim and Jo Ann Kearney moved to Landrum from Tombstone, Ariz., to be near their grandchildren. Jim is a native of Iowa and worked in the computer related industry, retiring from the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Jo Ann, originally from N.D., worked in a variety of retail positions and retired after 18 years as business manager for Tombstone Unified School District. They have transferred their memberships from the Tombstone Lions Club.

Jim and Jo Ann Kearney

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The Columbus Lions are men and women who work together to make the community and world a better place. Locally, they lend medical equipment to citizens; purchase glasses and hearing aids for those in need and provide gifts and recreation for visually impaired citizens.

Visitors are welcome at their meetings, which are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays at Calvert’s Kitchen.

Contact Pat Recker at 828-894-2615, for more information.