Lion Richard J. “Rick” Pressly

2017 SC Lion of the Year

  Proudly Nominated by the Abbeville Lions Club

Lion Rick Pressly’s signature passion is vision screening, especially for children. He has gone well beyond ordinary commitment to exemplary leadership in finding and correcting visual deficiencies in Abbeville County residents as he has personally conducted thousands of screenings. He has trained other Lions from clubs across Districts 32 A, B, C and D to use the SPOT camera he demonstrated. For Multiple District 32 he facilitated the fund raising and the application for the Matching Grant from LCIF to purchase 11 vision screening cameras. Thanks in large part to his promotion, no person in this part of SC should have a vision-related impediment to realizing full life potential.

As an officer in his Abbeville Club and in District 32D, he has performed his duties and voluntary activities with energy and dedication to such a degree that he rightfully would have already been nominated for Lion of the Year but for exclusion due to his district-level offices.

Notable Club Activities during Last 18 Months:

  • Organized and oversaw SPOT vision screenings in Abbeville, Anderson , Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, and Saluda Counties, 8,500 screenings in 2015-2016 with a 12% referral rate and 5,800 with a 10% referral rate in 2016-Jan. 2017
  • Collected, boxed, and delivered 1005 pairs of glasses to SC Lions Vision Services
  • Trained and supervised 15 Lions Club members and others in use of the Spot camera
  • Inspired and led the club membership co-chairing the 11th & 12th annual Golf Tournaments raising $11,200 in cash donations and gifts/ door prizes valued at $6 200, funding donations to SCLCS (thereby designating 4 Franklin Mason Fellows), LCIF, Leader Dogs of the Blind, Storm Eye Institute, and reimbursing professionals who fitted 47 community residents with glasses
  • Organized the Birthday-Anniversary Calendar sales totaling $1044.00
  • Pushed broom and mop sales to $1690.00 in receipts
  • Co-chaired the hosting of a John de la Howe School Christmas benefit at which the membership of four clubs donated over $2000 to fund student activities
  • Co-chaired the hosting of 2 county-wide Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquets
  • Served his ninth year as Club Secretary/Treasurer in 22 year membership
  • Sponsored 7 new members in the Abbeville club
  • Facilitated the Fourth Grade Foresters Service Project on Arbor Day at Westwood Elementary School, planting a tree on school property, demonstrating the process to the students and teachers and providing tree saplings to all students and teachers for the 4th & 5th years
  • Initiated service activities for the following: (1) Salvation Army bell ringing (holiday collection), (2) Long Cane Elementary School {reading to primary school classes and distributing new books to second graders), and (3) SC Highway Department Highway Clean Up (roadside trash pick-up) (4)United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County (food collection)

These are just a few of his accomplishments.  Follow this link for the full nomination.

We are proud to showcase this special Lion. Congratulations, Rick Pressly![/full_width]

Past Lions of the Year
 2016
Hope MacBride
2015
Rhett Hair
2014
Matthew “Matt” Jones
2013
Bob Cox
2012
Randall R. Foster
2011
Eddie Moncrief
2010
J. Gregg Turner
2009
James P. Freeman
2008
Joe Hughes
2007
Eddie Marshall
2006
Robert English
2005
Clauda Mayo
2004
Steve Webber
2003
Henry Gibson
2002
Terry Trnavsky
2001
Dr. Ed Johnson
2000
Jay Patel
1999
Roy Barnette
1998
Tommy Pope
1997
William C. “Bill” Finley
1996
Roy E. Hartz
1995
G. Richard Atherton
1994
Thomas Parker
1993
Bob Constantine
1992
Bennie L. Newman
1991
Rhodan D. Batson
1990
Defoy Cudd
1989
L.A. Graham, Jr.
1988
Paul “Buddy” Gardner
1987
Robert “Bob” Walker
1986
Vern Freeman
1985
L.B. “Pete” Fetner
1984
Glenn R. Flack
1983
James Vernon Epps
1982
John C. Anderson
1981
W. Parker Bowie
1979
W.M. “Mac” Goldfinch
1978
Robert H. Garrison
1977
Dr. Franklin G. Mason
1976
Jake F. Watson
1975
K. R. “Sarge” Helton
1974
B. Monroe Hiers
1973
Earle M. Moffett
1972
Ray Matthews