When school gets started and football season kicks off, one of the next rites of passage that signals the arrival of fall in Dublin is the Annual Lions Club Mop & Broom Sale. According to Steve Hightower who joined the club in 1980, there has been a sale every year since he’s been a member and long before. His father, Everett Hightower, was a long time Lion, so Steve’s memories of Lions selling brooms spans decades.
Usually on a Friday, so as to attract all the extra weekend Hwy. 377 traffic, the group meets at the Old Texaco Station next to the post office on Patrick Street around 6AM and marks off their territory for the day. Soon the van from the Caravan Sales for the Blind rumbles up to unload the wares of mops, brooms, brushes, various other cleaning supplies and some merchandise suited to industrial cleaning as well.
The Lions take turns during the day manning the station and have always hit the community with fliers listing their merchandise for a couple of weeks in advance. Rain or shine, the Lions are serious about this fund raiser. It helps them provide eye exams and if needed glasses for youngsters in the Dublin ISD system who need help financially.
This year’s sale was on September 30 and the outcome was pretty good, considering that everyone in town is being particularly frugal in this economy. Hightower allowed that he felt good about the amount of goods that were sold and those funds will go to help Dublin’s youth as they have for many, many years now…Patty Hirst