Grove Lions History
Fair Grove Lions Club History: Did You Know?
compiled by Gordon and Dixie McAdams
Fair Grove Lions Club was chartered in January, 1950, and sponsored by
the Thomasville Lions Club. From 1950 until 1956, the members met at
Fair Grove United Methodist Church and later at Fair Grove High Schoolís
cafeteria. The first president was Tom Kearns, serving from January to
June, 1950. Willie Welborn served two years as president from July, 1950
until June, 1952. While serving as president Willie was asked to attend
the International Convention in Mexico City. The club gave him $100 to
cover his expenses. Being raised in Thomasville, Willie had never
traveled to a foreign country so this was a new experience for him.
Traveling with Lion E. O. Lane, they spent five days and four nights.
Upon checking out of the hotel, they were told their total bill for 2
rooms was $28!
In 1956, while Clyde Jones was serving as president the existing Fair
Grove Lions club house was built. Clyde Jones, Stokes Hepler, Cliff
Everhart, Dalton Fritts and Cleo Fritts, all Lions themselves, were
instrumental in its construction.
The Fair Grove Lions Club became well known around the community for its
participation in the Fair Grove Follies which was held at the Fair Grove
High School Auditorium from 1952 until 1976. Many people in the
community took part in the Follies as well as Fair Grove Lions Club
members. Lion Willie Welborn served as District Governor in 1955-1956.
During his term, Lion Willie helped start 8 new Lions Clubs. He remains
active in the club and the district today. In 2000, Fair Grove Lions
Club opened the door allowing women to join. Margaret Cline, Dixie
McAdams and Patricia Carroll were the first three ladies to be
installed. Since that time, seven other ladies have joined the club.
Lion Gordon McAdams served as District Governor in 2008-2009. During
that time, District 31-E grew as Mecklenberg and Gaston counties were
welcomed into the district, increasing the number of clubs from 48 to
Some of the community projects supported by Fair Grove Lions Club are
The Fair Grove Family Resource Center and The Thomasville Christmas
Parade. Annually, the club hosts a fish fry for all VIPís in Davidson
County. For many years Fair Grove Lions Club sponsored a local baseball
team and will once again resume supporting a team in 2011.
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