On Friday, July 4, the Franklin Lion’s Club took off their bright yellow vests and cooked chicken. Each year the Franklin Lions sell barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, drink and cake to help raise funds for its program to give four Franklin High School students scholarships to pursue their educational goals. Several of the men barbecue the chicken while Rick Norton traditionally makes the cole slaw. This year, Norton’s son, Darryn helped create the side dish for the barbecue. Franklin Lions sold 525 barbecue chicken dinners this year which will allow the Franklin Lions to award five scholarships to FHS seniors this coming year.
Franklin Lions Club’s mission is to help those who can’t see or have trouble seeing by providing glasses, and canes for the blind. The group also does a number of other fundraising events throughout the year to help fund numerous other local civic functions. The Franklin Lions will be giving vision screenings to Macon County young people under the eighth grade starting in August.