Hartsville Lions: roaring for 75 years
The Hartsville Lions Club is 75 years old – only a few decades younger than the worldwide service organization itself. The Hartsville Lions toasted its anniversary last week at First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville. In brief, here’s what you need to know about the Hartsville Lions: — The local club was created in 1946. — The local Lions now have about 50 members. — They meet weekly at a Lydia restaurant. — Members include House Speaker Jay Lucas, Hartsville Sen. Gerald Malloy and Sheriff-elect James Hudson. The club is perhaps best known for its fundraisers, selling Vidalia onions and brooms. (The Florence Morning News reported that in 2019-2020, total receipts for both sales were $30,265 and net profit was $18,900.) The club is also recognized for their work providing eye care to those in need; the the past year, the Morning News estimated, the club paid for glasses and exams for 49 people.