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Athens Lions get Club of the Year, growth awards

ATHENS — Believe it or not, carnivals, bubble gum machines and hammering are making a difference to hurricane victims, the blind and financially hindered.

Hard to imagine?

Not for the Athens Lions Club.

The club received the Roderick Beddow Sr. Outstanding Club of the Year Award in the state and the William C. Chandler Award for outstanding membership growth.

The club operates the annual Kiddie Carnival, maintains bubble gum machines for Alabama Sight and, this year, helped build a Habitat for Humanity home.

It donated $4,000 to Hurricane Katrina victims, $1,950 for Alabama Sight projects and provided glasses for 40 Athens children.

The group has 72 members. Officers are Robert Crutcher, president; Brownie Nelson, first vice-president; Al Wassum, second vice-president; Jackie Sneed, secretary; and Sam McClendon, treasurer.

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