Rockingham Lions Club to hold contests

Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal

August 30, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Rockingham Lions Club will hold a double event and will be giving away $2,100 in monetary prizes. The events will include the club’s second annual Golf Ball Drop and Corn Hole Tournament at the Rockingham Lions Community Park, located at 120 Alcan Road in Rockingham.

Those who would like to participate in the golf ball tournament can purchase tickets from now until 2:45 p.m. the day of the event. The price of one ball is $10, however the purchase of three balls will only be $25. The number of balls purchased by participants are unlimited.

The golf ball drop will begin at 3 p.m. and there will only be two winners of the tournament. The individual who has the ball that is closet to the hole will win $1,000 and the individual who has the ball that is farthest from the hole will win $100, for a total of $1,100. An individual who participates in the contest will not have to be present to win.

Neal Watkins, treasurer of the club, stated that last year the club was able to make a profit from the contest.

“Last year we dropped over 400 golf balls,” said Watkins.

The teams that comes in first through fourth place will win a monetary gift. First place winners will receive $400, second place will receive $300, third place will receive $200 and the 4th place winners will receive $100 for a total of $1,000.

Registration for the corn hole tournament will begin at 10 a.m., but the tournament will not begin until 11 a.m and will continue until there are four winning teams.

The events are being held in order to raise proceeds to finish a second softball field that is to be used by the community. This particular softball field is currently lacking dug outs as well as fencing. Watkins stated that this summer teams have been practicing on the first softball field, which has already been completed.

During both contests, kids can enjoy jumping in a moon bounce and both kids and adults can enjoy drinks and food, including hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade desserts.

The main focus of the club members is to work with individuals in the community to help them with things regarding vision, such as helping them to receive eye exams and eye glasses.

“We spend a large percentage of our money to help the visually impaired,” said Watkins.

Watkins said the club also helps support the community by helping to send students that qualify for an educational grant to go to college. If one or both of their parents are visually impaired they may quality for an educational grant, said Watkins.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. The club’s mission statement is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

The Rockingham Lions Club was chartered in 1949.

For more information, contact 910-895-1112 or 910-895-5787.

— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at