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Mathews Lions Club looks to build its own den

Mathews County Lions have been doing their good deeds out of tents and trailers for 15 years, and now they want a home of their own. A recent donation will make that possible.

Ben Thompson, a founding Mathews Lions Club member, has donated nearly four acres of land on Windsor Road to the club, and members hope to erect a building large enough to have meetings and fundraisers, offer the various health screenings that are part of the club’s mission, store equipment and supplies, and house the three trailers it uses for various fundraising activities.

At the Mathews County Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 28 meeting, club member Mike Rowe told supervisors that the structure would also be ideal for an emergency shelter during ice storms, tornadoes and hurricanes, since it would be on high ground.

Rowe asked that the board exempt the Lions Club from paying real estate taxes on the property, since it will develop the property under its 501(c)(3) arm, the Mathews County Lions Club Ch...

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