Lions Club

South Boston Lions Club president Winston Harrell (right) presents a certificate of membership to the club’s newest member, Steven Ouellette (left), at the club meeting on Nov. 3. Ouellette is the director of sales at the Berry Hill Resort.

Due to the assumed difficulties of managing the annual fruit and nut sale during the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the South Boston Lions Club have decided to forego selling fruit this year and will only be selling nuts.

Organizers hope to be able to sell citrus fruit and apples again next year.

This year they will be selling gourmet nuts from Plantation Peanuts in Wakefield. The selection of nuts include gourmet salted peanuts, Cajun spiced peanuts, double dipped milk chocolate peanuts (a highly recommended favorite), chocolate covered peanut brittle, cashews, pistachios and gourmet mixed nuts.

The nuts are available in various sizes and prices ranges depending on the size and type of nut.

Orders may be placed by contacting any South Boston Lions Club member, by calling Lion President Winston Harrell at 222-8568 or by emailing southbostonlionsclub@gmail.com.

The deadline to place an order is Dec. 4.

Cans of nuts make great Christmas gifts for friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. All profits from the nut sale — as well as all other fundraising events conducted by the South Boston Lions Club — go to charitable causes, primarily to organizations and individuals in the community.

The annual Christmas fundraiser is the South Boston Lions Club’s largest fundraising project and it provides the majority of their funding for philanthropic activities.

Many people often ask, “What does the South Boston Lions Club do?” Lions Clubs throughout the world are involved with projects that prevent blindness and detect and correct vision impairments. The South Boston Lions Club has been involved in vision screening for many years. The local club helps individuals in the community purchase eyeglasses and recycles used eyeglasses.

In addition, the South Boston Lions Club has provided financial support to numerous organizations in the community including the Halifax County Cancer Association, the Lions of Central Virginia Mobile Health Unit, the Burkeville Lodge for the Blind, the Halifax County Humane Society, Patrick Henry Family Services, Boy Scouts of America Troops 497 and 332 and Dixie Youth baseball.

Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world. There are over 1.4 million members in 208 countries and geographical areas.

The Lions’ motto is “We Serve.” The South Boston Lions Club has been serving Halifax County since 1917 and welcomes new members looking for meaningful ways to serve their community and who enjoy fellowship with other community leaders.

There are only two requirements to join a Lions Club: residents must be at least 18 years old and must have an interest in serving the community.

Anyone passionate about service and are interested in getting more information about our club may contact Harrell at 222-8568 for more information.