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Kingsport site of Lions' state meeting

May 13th, 2012 11:44 pm by staff report

Sid L. Scruggs III, immediate past president of the International Association of Lions Clubs, was the guest speaker during the Tennessee Lions’ 94th Annual State Convention, held May 4-6 in Kingsport.

The Tennessee Multiple District 12 Convention was held at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. Lions who gathered for the conference enjoyed golf at Cattails at MeadowView; a guided driving tour of Kingsport; a presentation at Eastman Chemical Co.; a tour of Bristol Motor Speedway; a visit to the Gray Fossil Site; a guided tour of Lions Volunteer Blind Industries; and a visit to the Braille Trail at the Boundless Playground at Warriors Path State Park.

The Braille Trail, a project of the Lions Club of Kingsport, is a wheelchair-accessible path that circles the playground with eight stations that depict scenes from the C.S. Lewis novel “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Scruggs, of Vass, N.C., is a retired military and commercial airline pilot and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition to his Lions activities, he is chairman of the board of directors of the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, a member of the Board of the Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind Inc., and a life member of the American Airlines Grey Eagles Association and the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

In 2010, he was elected to the United States Blind Golf Association Hall of Fame. He has also been presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest award given by the state of North Carolina.

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