Feeding the voters for decades
While members of the Perryville Lions Club aren't sure how long they've been feeding voters on election day, they know it's been five or six decades.
They were back at it again last Tuesday, selling sandwiches and baked goods at the Perryville Middle School election precinct. "The club was formed in 1944 and I think they started doing this (selling food on election day) shortly after that," said club member Oakley Sumpter. "I think it's been at least 60 years. I came in in 1965 and it had long gone on then."
Club member Luther Vaught was making sandwiches to order. Sumpter said, poll workers all order sandwiches. The baked goods were also popular.
"We've been busy, but I've seen it busier - the year Reagan ran," said Sumpter. He also said that times have changed, people used to come to vote and stay around for a while. Now people just rush in to vote and leave.
The Lions Club used to serve soup but stopped because people didn't stay around to eat it. "People used to stay around and eat soup. Now baked goods are good because people can take those with them," said Sumpter.
This year the Lions weren't alone. Members of the Perryville Leo Club, the Lions Club for teens, were also vending items on election day. The Leo members were selling cups of coffee and handmade greeting cards.
Michele McKay, advisor for the Leo Club, which has members from both Perryville Middle and High schools, said that proceeds from the election day sales will be combined with other funds raised this year and then donated to the Perryville Branch Library. McKay said the funds will be designated to go to the literacy center which serves teens.
"They are greeting people and learning communication skills," McKay said of the Leo Club members. This is the second year that Perryville has had Leos.
In order to join, a student must be between the ages of 12-18 and have the desire to serve. There is no dues or fee to join.
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