In an effort to get back to some form of normalcy the Magee Lions Club has made the decision to start meeting again, beginning this week. As I stated when the Board of Directors met for lunch last week, if we don’t start back we may lose interest from everyone who has supported the club over the years.
We abruptedly stopped meeting last March following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This canceled all of our traditional activities like the annual fund-raising Mac McCarty Golf Tournament that started in the early 1990s and has been a mainstay for the club over the years. Prior to that the club had hosted a grilled chicken plate dinner, which was labor intensive and at $5 a plate you had to sell 600 plates to make a profit. That requires a lot of people doing a lot of work and selling a lot of chicken plates. You could make a lot more money from a golf tournament and it did not take everyone working so hard.
So anyhow, we held our first meeting this Monday at Berry’s Seafood. As you would expect the food was good like always. I have been off of fried food for a long time. As a matter of fact, one of the folks I was sitting with reminded me, “I believe that is not on your diet.” But the fried catfish and shrimp were as good as they used to be.
Berry’s is doing a good job of keeping things safe by using servers and plastic shields. You can still get a healthy sized meal also.
Despite suspending meetings, the Magee Lions Club has still provided their philanthropic services to the community, which is to help people with vision needs when they do not have the financial resources to do so. Our Board of Directors saw fit to continue to address that calling during the pandemic times.
New leadership took over this year with Ian Cowart moving up to the president’s slot. It was pretty much a progression into other positions. And some officers and workers who were doing a really good job were afforded the opportunity to continue to serve in their same position.
The meeting proposal that the board presented to the membership was that the club will meet on the first two Mondays of the month as usual for the remainder of the year but without our regular programs.
If the pandemic situation continues to improve, the club will go back to meetings as usual in January 2021, which is right around the corner.
Our situation, like those of other organizations, is a mixed bag in that if you meet you are possibly exposing people to a virus that could be deadly, and if you don’t meet, you may lose your members.
Mendenhall High School had a large outbreak last week. The President of the United States and First Lady were diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile national officials are urging a nation-wide mask mandate, but Governor Reeves lifted the state mask mandate. With so many mixed signals there really are no 100 percent correct answers.
I suppose the best advice is to be vigilant and don’t take unnecessary chances.
risks. I do know that most everyone who attended the board of supervisors meeting on Monday morning was wearing a mask. The same was true over the weekend at the grocery store.