The South Strand Lions Club was chartered on March 19, 1984. In the early 2000’s the club was nearly dissolved due to the loss of all but 3 members. Thanks to the energies of PDG Brian P’Poole and the late Dick Cruse the club was revived and membership grew over the next 13 years. The club now has 35 members.
The 2015-2016 officers are Monty Crossley, President, Michelle Meeker VP, Rose Bartolomeo, secretary, Bob Bonadonna, treasurer, Phil McCauley, Lion Tamer, Carol Green, Tail Twister and Steve Barbour, director.
The club had many activities this year. On Sept 11 the flag was displayed on HWY 17 business in Surfside Beach. In October, they participated in the Surfside Family Festival, selling candy and brooms. Candy day was held in November. In December, the South Strand Club participated in the Surfside Beach Christmas Parade. A vision screenings were held in September at Burgess Elementary, ST James Elementary and Seaside Elementary schools. The Peace Poster contest was held at the St. James Middle School, where awards were granted to the two finalists and a gift was given to the art department at the school. The club also became a partner in education at the middle school. Brooms were sold at the Blessing of the Inlet in May. Scholarships were awarded to two worthy students from St James High School and Socastee High School.
The highlight of the club’s fundraising is the annual Golf tournament. This year it was held at Wachesaw East Golf course.
Social events included a Christmas dinner with spouses and a members award night held at a local restaurant. The club sponsors a Winter Dance in January.