ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Starting with a dream of Lion Al Kassin, the Lake Orion Lions in Michigan, along with help from clubs in District 11 A-2 and 11 D-2, opened Bear Lake Camp in 2000. The Lions had operated camps for visually impaired youths in various locations since 1982. Hundreds of youths with disabilities enjoy swimming, fishing, Leader Dogs, crafts and a new rock climbing wall and zip line at Bear Lake Camp each summer. The Smithfield Lions in Virginia welcomed the 4,000th vehicle featured in their classic car “Cruz-In” show, held twice a month from April to October. The Lions also provided sight and hearing screenings for more than 600 middle and high school students over two days. The St. Croix Lions in the U.S. Virgin Islands held their 14th annual Diabetes Fair, featuring diabetes screening, medical exams and other medical services for 198 people. The Lansing Lions in Illinois have awarded more than $240,000 in college scholarships since 1937. The Lions also donated $3,000 to Meals on Wheels toward the purchase of a commercial stove. In Kansas, the Girard Lions have held the “Girard Lions Club Country Christmas” music show for three years. Last year’s show raised more than $2,000. In Virginia, the Forest Lions held a membership drive during which they staffed tables at a grocery store, farmer’s market and shopping mall. The Lions’ outreach resulted in five new members, a 25 percent increase in the club’s membership. As part of the Reading Action Project, Lions in District 36-0 partnered with a literacy nonprofit, SMART, to help strengthen reading skills of children in Oregon. The Sebastian Lions in Florida provided vision screenings for a children’s choir from Uganda touring the United States. The Fox Lake Lions in Illinois sponsored two free exercise classes for children. After four years of planning and more than 700 hours of work, the Mohawk Valley Lions in Oregon completed a new community park. The park was dedicated in honor of deceased Lion Lee Downing, who had been instrumental in the park’s creation. The Berkeley Annapurna Lions in California support Gorkha Lions Eye Hospital in Nepal. In Florida, the St. Petersburg Lions participated in the annual Santa Parade with a holiday float. The Lions also held a “Breakfast with Santa” for more than 75 children. The Isanti Lions in Minnesota purchased a personal transmitter bracelet for a child to participate in Project Lifesaver, a program that enables law enforcement to locate missing children quickly. The Cottage Grove Lions Club in Wisconsin gave a magnifying reader to a visually impaired 11- year-old girl to help make reading and homework easier for her. In 2012, the Lions also performed vision screenings for more than 120 preschool children. For 25 years the Venice and Englewood Lions clubs in Florida have worked together on a vision clinic that has served more than 9,000 people, thanks to 55,000 volunteer hours by Lions and partners. The Covington Lions in Georgia coordinate the 156-float Christmas parade each year.
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