The Dawsonville Lions Club did not sell funnel cakes and hot dogs at its booth at the Mountain Moonshine Festival this year and it did not have its annual raffle.
Instead, the club offered free eye screening and free diabetes testing in support of World Sight Day in October.
International President Sid Scruggs (North Carolina) chose “A Beacon of Hope” as his theme and asked each Lions Club worldwide to become “A Beacon of Service.”
He asked the Lions to concentrate on sight conservation and preventable blindness during the Month of October in support of Lions Club’s International World Sight Day.
At the festival, eye screening was performed on 75 people — 42 passed the exam and 33 failed. Eleven of the failures were from Dawsonville and seven of them do not have insurance, so the Lions Club will be helping them get eyeglasses.
The other 17 that did not pass were from other parts of the state. They were advised to seek help, if needed, from their local Lions Club.
There were 123 people screened for diabetes. Ninety percent of them failed and were advised to seek medical help.
Assisting the club at the booth were members of the Dawson County High School Leos Club, Dr. Suzanne Kimmon with Spectacular Boutique and a few of her staff.
For more information about the Lions Club, call President David James at (706)