Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Lions Club has begun its annual nut sale to raise funds to serve the local community as well as benevolent needs around the world. The variety of products has increased this year, but the main attractions are the mammoth pecans from the 2018 crop. Although the recent hurricane destroyed many pecan trees in Georgia, the Lions Club was fortunate to receive its full order in time for the holiday season.
“When I called our supplier after the storm, the representative assured me that our order was not affected,” said Ken Thomas, president of the local club. “Delivery of 2,472 pounds of product was received on Tuesday. Lion Terry Voyles has already made delivery to local businesses who are helping distribute the nuts, and on Nov. 10, Lions will be in front of the Mt. Juliet Lowes store with a great variety of special nut products in addition to the fresh-crop mammoth pecans.”
The Lions urge people to show up early to guarantee availability of the best selection, because some flavors will sell out early.
Despite increased worldwide demand in places like India and China, and the increase in market prices, the Mt. Juliet Lions are selling their pecans for less than their suppliers sell to internet customers. There are no shipping costs and no waiting for them.
Fresh halves as well as fresh pieces are available in 16 ounce bags for $11. One pound bags of pecan candies include honey roasted, pralines, chocolate amaretto, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and white chocolate covered. Sixteen-ounce bags of roasted/salted almonds, cashews, pistachios, or pecans as well as mixed nuts, chocolate almonds, chocolate raisins, and double-dipped chocolate peanuts will also be available at Lowes on Nov. 10. In addition, the popular gift (foil wrapped) bags of chocolate covered pecans, cinnamon glazed pecans, and roasted salted cashews are $10.
Halves, pieces, and gift bags will be available from individual Lions or from businesses who have partnered with the club to help distribute these items. Charter member Lion Larry Capps will have them handy at his Barber Shop.
They will again be available at Aqua Bella Beauty Shop, Barking Lot, Capella’s, Cedarstone Bank, Mt. Juliet City Hall, City Limits Barber Shop, Courtney’s, Masters Barber Shop, Pharma-Care Compounding, Sloan Miles Beauty Shop, Stylemasters, U.S. Community Credit Union, and Wilson Bank on North Mt. Juliet Road. They will also be available at new locations including Corky Cross Insurance, Gourmet Donuts, Hunter Insurance, Mt. Juliet Family Dentistry, Mt. Juliet TaeKwanDo, Eats Restaurant, and Second Time Around Consignment.
The funds raised help the local Lions to provide glasses and hearing aids for qualified needy residents, assist with Leader Dog training for service dogs, participate in international efforts to eradicate childhood measles and river blindness, assist in diabetes awareness programs, disaster relief, and support of Middle Tennessee Lions Sight Service.
The local club recently purchased a $7,000 camera which can detect early problems in children’s eyes. The local club plans to do many more screenings for daycares and young school-age children locally.
Tennessee Lions work together to fund eye surgeries, especially for children, at the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt. They also assist in programs for the Tennessee School for the Blind in Donelson. The Mt. Juliet club collects glasses locally for sorting and re-distribution to the needy in other countries.
The local club was named a Superior Club by the district for the 2017-2018 club year, coming in third place in district 12-S. It also cooperates with the Lions of Lebanon and Watertown providing concessions at the Wilson County Fair. Past International President Bob Corlew is a frequent guest at the local club, and recently presented a leadership award issued by Immediate Past President Naresh Aggerwal of India to club president Ken Thomas.
The Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at Courtney’s Restaurant on the first and third Tuesday nights of each month, except for December.