Lions Club International 100th year Anniversary Celebration

In honor of the 100th year of Lionism in the United States, the Culpeper Mid-Day Lions commissioned a sculpture of a pair of eyeglasses to be placed in the local Culpeper community. After multi-year process, the Mid-Day Lions are proud to have that art piece on display at Rockwater Park on Madison Road in the town of Culpeper. The piece will be a symbol of the hard work and dedication that Lions everywhere place into providing sight to the blind across the world. The local Mid-Day club are proud to be apart of that tradition and wanted to celebrate the anniversary of this work with this enduring piece of art. Local artist Rocque Castro was primarily responsible for the piece design and supervised the process through completion. The piece will be dedicated at a ceremony on April 14th at the park. The public is invited and we hope that celebration is a grand time for all. Our hope is that the piece serves as a reminder to all of the mission of Lions worldwide: “We Serve.”

Local children enjoy climbing on the oversized glasses at Rockwater Park.
Kids enjoying a new piece of durable play-on art at Rockwater Park installed by Culpeper Mid-Day Lions.
Lions Lawanna Staton and David Durr checking out the recently installed piece of commemorative art celebrating Lions International 100th Anniversary year.


We have been fortunate to move our bingo to Brandy Station Fire Department. Because of the move, Culpeper Mid-Day Lions have a lot more run for their patrons to move about and to have space for bingo. We can also accommodate more folks by having a bigger spot. Come join us on Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM for early birds and at 7:00 PM for regular bingo. Hope to see you there.

Culpeper Mid-Day Lions are requesting your presence at the 2022 Bland Competition


The Bland Music Scholarship Competition is sponsored by the Culpeper Mid-Day and ‘92 Lions Clubs. This year’s competition will be held at the Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West Street, Culpeper, VA, at 1:00 PM.  The competition will include school-age (elementary, middle school, senior high school, or home schooled) vocalists and instrumentalists to present a song or piece of no more than eight minutes and will be judged by local experts in the field.  Checks will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners in each category.  The 1st place winners move up to the next level of competition at the Regional, District and State levels.  The rules and registrations for the students can be obtained by contacting Lion Susan Stiles at or (703) 409-7083.  The deadline for registrations is Monday, February 14, 2022.

Community Service in Action

The following are photos from some of the service activities that the Culpeper Mid-Day Lions have been a part of over the last two months. We have been trying to not let COVID stop the Lions club from being in action since the start of the new year.

Grady Botens, Hank Milans and Cecil Starkey working in the kitchen helping to prepare food on March 25th, 2021 for Manna Ministries feeding lunch at the Culpeper Presbyterian Church in Culpeper, VA
Grady Botens and Lynn Garver helping organize take home bags for Manna Meal recipients March 25th, 2021

Grady Botens and Lee Simpson helping pack take home weekend meals for elementary children with Power Packs – March 5th, 2021 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.
Lynn Garver presents a check to William Vega for $2,000.00 to help pay for corrective eye surgery. The Culpeper Mid-Day Lions were able to help pay for the surgery through their Sunday Night Bingo fundraiser. The surgery donation was matched by a grant from Lions Club International Foundation.

Manna Meal

The Culpeper Mid-Day Lions and the Culpeper ’92 Lions spent a rewarding day feeding the community on March 26th, 2021. The two Culpeper clubs spent this Friday morning preparing meals for approximately 50 folks here in Culpeper County. Manna ministry provides meals for folks who are hungry on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year. The Culpeper Presbyterian Church on Main Street here in Culpeper provides space and facilities to help with Manna ministry’s mission. Manna Ministry is always looking for volunteers to help with meal preparation and distribution. Contact Betsy Smith at (540) 718-3427 if your interested in helping out with this terrific organization. Both Lions clubs in Culpeper plan to continue helping serve meals on the fourth and fifth Friday of each month throughout 2021.

Lions who participated in the Manna Meal included Joanne Durr, Minna Vogel from Culpeper ’92 Lions; Chuck and Lynn Garver, Lee Simpson, Dave Durr, Hank Milans, Grady Botens and Cecil Starkey



Hi all! Wanted to pass along a quick note to let everyone know that Bingo will be restarting on March 7 at Pepper’s Grill, 791 Madison Road, Culpeper inside the Best Western banquet area. Doors open at 4:30 PM, Early bird games start at 6:30 PM, Regular games will be at 7:00 PM.


Culpeper Mid-Day Lions Club bingo will resume on Sunday, September 13 at Pepper’s 791 Madison Rd.  Doors open at 4:30 with Early Birds beginning at 6:30.  Attendance is limited by occupancy regulations, so come early.  Be sure to read the attached document with the Covid 19 rules.  Pepper’s will not be serving food during bingo at this time.  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Culpeper Mid-Day Lions Bingo

Please review the updated precautions that we are implementing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please help us keep patrons and volunteers safe.

Additional rules:

            If you are experiencing the following symptoms, please stay home:

Self-screen before entering our building.  If you are displaying any symptoms of corona virus, please do not enter.  Anyone displaying symptoms during the game of bingo will be asked to leave the bingo hall.

 All players must wear face masks or coverings over their mouth and nose. We will have masks for sale.

Temperature checks will be taken before entry is permitted and disinfectant hand sanitizer will be available. At this time, you will receive a packet containing the program, rules, order sheet and a number.  You will then proceed into the bingo hall and select your seat and wait for your number to be called to purchase your bingo supplies

Courtesy will be shown to other bingo players and the volunteer workers. 

Cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off or silenced.

Only paying players are permitted in the bingo hall. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Chairs and tables in the Bingo Hall are not to be moved by the players.

The Bingo Hall opens at 4:30 PM, and not before, on bingo days.

Seats may not be saved. Only the number of chairs placed at tables may be occupied, as placed.

Before leaving the cashier area, please make sure that you have the correct number of packs, your admission ticket, and the correct change. No adjustments will be made after you have left the cashier.  

No soiled/sweaty or wet currency will be accepted. 

Wash or disinfect hands before and after any interaction with workers or other customers in the hall.

All bingo players are playing at their own risk.

Compliance with social distancing and other pandemic rules is expected.  Anyone not complying with the rules, which will be strictly enforced, will be asked to leave immediately without a refund.

These rules are subject to change at any time depending on the state and local pandemic outbreaks, or to enhance the safety of all our patrons and volunteers.  Thank you for your continued support of the Culpeper Mid-Day Lions Club.

Culpeper Mid-Day Lions holds it’s annual Bland Competition

Culpeper Mid-Day Lions hosted their annual Bland contest on Sunday, February 23rd at Culpeper Baptist Church. This event was arranged by Culpeper Mid-Day members Dr. Robert McCall and Mr. Justin McFarland. This event celebrates the life of Mr. James Alan Bland, an African American musician and song writer. Mr. Bland was born to a free family in Flushing, New York. He began performing at the age of 14 and graduated from Howard University. Mr. Bland wrote more than 700 songs including “In the evening by the Moonlight,” “Oh them Golden Slippers”‘ and “Carry me back to Old Virginny”. He was often referred to as the Worlds Greatest Minstrel man.

The local winners were Kamryn Michelle Davis, vocal, and Annabel S. Lee, Instrumental. First runner-up was Michael Alexander Fowler, vocal, and Clara Kim, Instrumental.  First Prize winners received a check for $100.00 while first runners up received a check for $75.00. After the regional winners are selected they continue on to state competition. Final competition will result in the award of a $2,500 music scholarship to both vocal and instrumental winners. All local residents, especially music teachers in the local system are invited to attend the regional contest and cheer our candidates on.

A Huge thank you to Justin McFarland for all of his efforts to coordinate the event.  Thanks, Justin!

The winners are pictured in the lower left picture.

Left to right: Michael Alexander Fowler, Clara Kim, Annabel S. Lee, and Kamryn Michelle Davis

All participants are pictured in the lower right photo.

Culpeper Mid-Day Lions holding DOUBLE BINGO SESSION! Come on out on Sunday, February 16th, 2020.

Just a quick note to let you know about an exciting evening of fun. The regular Sunday Night Bingo session held by the Culpeper Mid-Day Lions will be supplemented by an additional afternoon session on Sunday, February 16th, 2020. Doors will open at 1:00 PM for the afternoon session with bingo starting at approximately 2:30 PM. We will also offer our regular bingo session with door admission sales starting at 6:00 PM and early bird bingo starting at 6:30 PM. Come on out for an afternoon (and an evening) of fun and prizes. I don’t know how we do it. More money to be won.