Weaverville Car Show Helps Local Area Residents - TribPapers

Weaverville Car Show Helps Local Area Residents

The Lions Club of Weaverville recently held their main fundraising event, a car show. Photo by Clint Parker.

Weaverville – What happens when you mix a car show with hot dogs, hamburgers, and dedicated workers? For nine years now, this formula has brought the community of Weaverville together and has also strengthened local area community services.

Once again, that was the result of this year’s car show sponsored by the Weaverville Lions Club. Eleven winners of the car show took home certificates and a trophy, and close to 100 door prizes were given away during the event. Most of the prizes and some of the food at the show were donated by area businesses and merchants.

Despite sweltering weather and an earlier threat of rain, this year’s car show featured over ninety antique, classic, muscle, and unusual vehicles. Several hundred attendees purchased hot dogs, burgers, and drinks, all of which addressed community service projects sponsored by the club. The Weaverville Lions Club has served the local community for seventy-four years.

Woody Bolinger, President of the Weaverville Lions Club, exclaims, “Our annual car show is our biggest fund-raiser. This year’s show was another success. Funds raised by the show help us support community and individual services for the year.” The motto of Lions Club International is “We Serve,” and this motto undergirds all service projects of Lions Clubs. This year, Boy Scouts and leaders from Troop 4015 based at Weaverville United Methodist Church also helped with the activities.

The club sponsors a wide range of community and individual services. Lions Clubs are noted for vision services, and the Weaverville Club is no exception. However, last year, the club provided food assistance to individuals and neighborhood food banks and funded wheelchair ramps for the handicapped. It gave three AB Tech scholarships to deserving Seniors from North Buncombe High School. The Club also supports the Marjorie McCune Assisted and Independent Living Community in Black Mountain and other Lions Club projects.

Last year, the club helped screen nearly 300 area school children for eye diseases and problems, and plans are being made to do that again this year. The club has also supported the Cops for Kids program and several medical assistance programs. Bill Heidinger, who joined the Club last year, affirms, “People working and serving together helps make a community stronger, and that’s what we are doing.” In 2019, the club was recognized and honored by the Town of Weaverville for seventy years of extraordinary community service.

The Weaverville Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of every month in the front dining area of the Weaverville Ingles (140 Weaverville Blvd.) on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at 6:00 pm. Members arrive early and usually purchase a dinner or something to eat. Then, following the Pledge of Allegiance and a brief opening prayer, members begin the business meeting – addressing individual and community needs, contributions to state and area assistance centers, and plans for future service projects.

If you would like to “serve” as a Weaverville Lions Club member, or if you would like to help meet the health and service needs of the area, please get in touch with Lion Rick Johnson at (828) 772-2348. When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves, and take action to improve their community, it’s a beautiful thing…and an incredible feeling for everyone involved.