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 Sixteen members of the TV Lions club joined 30 other east Tennessee Lions in preparing food packages for needy residents of east Tennessee. The event took place recently at the Smokies Stadium in Sevierville. 40,000 meal packs consisting of Mac and Cheese and Rice were prepared for distribution through various agencies who work at hunger abatement in east Tennessee.


The overall project was sponsored by “Operation Inasmuch” and consisted of two packing sessions closely supervised to insure health guidelines were followed. The packages, when completed, were distributed to each Lions Club in District 12N, who, in turn distributed them either directly to needy residents of their communities or through service agencies who support the needy.

In the case of the TV Lions, they received 1000 food packs for distribution. These were given to the Good Samaritan Center in Lenoir City for further distribution to needy residents of Loudon County. This continues the partnership between the club and Good Sam to serve residents of the county. Another example of this partnership, in addition to annual cash donations, is the monthly Health Fair the club conducts at Good Sam. They were suspended for several months because of the COVID-19 pandemic but have recently commenced again. 

The Health Fair, in addition to providing blood pressure and glucose screening, also conducts eye examinations. Those needing glasses and meeting certain US poverty standards receive a detailed examination and free eyeglasses. This portion of the program is conducted by a trained optometrist who is part of the Lions team. A similar program is conducted at the Good Samaritan Center in Madisonville. All told the club supports these programs financially, at a cost of over $20,000 per year.

The photo shows the Lions members preparing the food packs at Smokies Stadium.

This food packaging project is but one more example of how the TV Lions support the residents of Loudon County and east Tennessee to meet their needs, particularly during this pandemic. The capability of the club to execute its motto of “We Serve” would not be possible without the support of TV resident for various club fund raising activities. The TV Lions say “Thanks for the great support”.





As befitting its motto of We Servethe TV Lions launched and successfully executed a campaign to support the construction and initial operation of Our PLACE. The effort had two parts, one funded internally by the club and its members and the other by the club and residents of the community. Taken together they raised $51,000 for Our PLACE. How were the funds raised?

In its initial service budget for the year the club budgeted $10,000, from its flyer delivery program, for a donation to Our PLACE. Internally the club members were asked to make donations in order to match the amount provided by the club. Members responded by donating $8,000. Before the club could use its funds to match that amount, an anonymous donor stepped forwarded and personally matched the $8,000 thus obviating any need for club funds.

With the $10,000 in club funds still available, the Board of Directors decided in August to reach out into the community to raise funds to match its $10,000. A flyer was placed in all village paper boxes describing the matching fund efforts. In effect, the community was told that its donations to Our PLACE, given thru the TV Lions Club, would be matched by the club with up to $10,000 of club funds.

180 village residents responded to the appeal with donations of $25,000. That amount with the $10,000 from the club and the previously $16,000 raised by Lion members means that the

Tellico Village Lions have raised $51,000 in support of Our PLACE.

This amount combined with the already raised $300,000+, will help move the Our PLACE fund drive well on its way to the goal of $620,000. A ceremony was recently held where the site near Food Lion, on which the facility will be built, was deeded to Our PLACE. The facility, when completed, will provide a program of therapeutic activities for senior residents suffering from

Alzheimers or Dementia. Its programs will, at the same time, provide respite care to these individuals caregivers. Given the aging of the population of Tellico Village, this is a much needed facility which will add greatly to the quality of life in our village.

The TV Lions are proud of their accomplishment in this effort. It would not have been possible without the support of the 180 donors to the matching fund drive as well as residents of the community who support the various fund-raising events the club holds annually. A BIG THANK YOU for the great support.




The TV Lions collection efforts of glasses, hearing aids and pill containers is going great but a problem is developing with the pill bottles. While the Lions appreciate your donations, in some cases, we are getting them with the labels still on them. The organization in Ohio that collects them will only accept them without labels and we do not have the people-power to remove the many that are donated with the labels still on them. So if you do not REMOVE the labels we have to throw them away thus denying someone in a developing nation the chance to have a sanitary way of carrying their medications. So Please remove the labels before donating. They should look like the one in the photo.

You might ask, “How are the collections going?” Over the course of the last several months, mostly prior to July 1, we collected and shipped the following:

  • 2555 pair of used eyeglasses were delivered to Roanoke, VA for processing and forwarding overseas. With these we do not need the cases;
  • 34 pair of hearing-aids were sent to the Hearing and Speech Foundation in Maryville for refurbishment and issuance to indigent residents of Loudon County. In the cases of the aids, include the cases and batteries, if you have them;
  • 10,123 used clean pill bottles were taken to Ohio for processing and forwarding to Africa.

As mentioned above the labels must be removed. The collection locations are behind the Welcome Center, Sloan’s, the library and the Gary Stuart Edward Jones office.

If possible, put them in a plastic grocery store bag. This outstanding community effort is only possible with your taking the time to prepare and drop-off the items. It’s success is reflective of your kindness and generosity towards your neighbors, both locally and overseas.


Who We Are:

The Tellico Village Lions Club is comprised of men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes serving the community and those less fortunate worldwide.   Please visit our website to look over the various service projects and fund raising events that we do for the residents of Tellico Village and the surrounding community.

We gather as a club on the First Tuesday of the month at 9:00 AM for our monthly business meeting and on the third Tuesday of the month for our 6:00 PM dinner meeting. All meetings take place at the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village in their Fellowship Hall, located at 205 Chota Road.

The Lions Motto is “We Serve” and as members of this club, we are proud to serve.

Click on the Lions logo below to see a short powerpoint presentation on our club’s many service projects and fund raising activities.



Seven organizations operating independently, each accomplishing their organizational missions, can do a lot of good for the community. But when they band together to help each other accomplish those same missions, the synergy generated by those relationship magnifies the impact each can have. This is exactly the mission of the newly formed Tellico Working Together Group. While still in the start-up stage generating plans and ideas, the future looks very promising.  

The seven member Tellico Village organizations, four service clubs and three churches, include the Lions,  Kiwanis,  Rotary, the  Women’s Club (GFWC), the  Community Church, the  First Baptist Church and the  Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. Collectively, their membership represents a significant percentage of the population of Tellico Village. Each has a different mission focus area. For the Kiwanis it is children; the Lions, vision and sight, the Rotary is schools and dental health; the Women’s club focuses on social issues affecting women and families in the community; and the three churches on serving the spiritual needs of their congregants as well as filling unmet needs in various social and economic areas in Loudon County

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