ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS The Pasadena Lions in Texas hosted their 11th annual Walk for Sight fundraiser. Approximately 1,000 students and teachers participated, helping raise more than $30,000. The 100 Mile House Lions in British Columbia, Canada, held their annual dinner auction. A highlight was the bidding of a pair of Lions’ briefs worn by the town mayor. The lucky Lion bidder won the briefs at $80. The Phillips-Strong Lions and the Western Mountain Leos in Maine teamed up for their 4th annual auction. The Leos helped with setting up the items and serving as runners during the auction. The Fort Worth Southeast Lions in Texas raised money for the Texas Lions Camp by selling tickets for events and sponsoring a garage sale. The Riverside Lions in Minnesota held a pancake breakfast to raise funds to help purchase a service dog for a woman with type 1 diabetes. When the Atmore Lions in Alabama heard that 115 high school students had signed up for a new beginning band class but had no instruments, they held a pancake supper and raised $3,000 to go toward purchasing instruments. In West Virginia, the New Cumberland Lions held their annual 3-mile walk to raise funds for the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation. After assisting with a dentist’s Halloween candy buyback project, the Nisswa Lions in Minnesota shipped 149 pounds of candy to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to U.S. soldiers. The Oregon Lions Club in Illinois sorted and packed 3,600 pairs of glasses at the Lions of Illinois Foundation Center. The foundation ships approximately 300,000 eyeglasses to countries in need each year. The Boise Capital Lions in Idaho served breakfast to guests and staff at their local Ronald McDonald House. In Washington, the Ephrata, Moses Lake and Soap Lake Lions purchased a Spot Vision Screener for children’s vision screenings in their county. The Stanwood Lions in Washington provide sight and hearing testing for more than 2,700 students each year at area schools. The Lions International Trading Pin Club presents an annual $2,500 Youth Scholarship Award. The club is raising funds for the scholarship through a challenge to 100 pin traders to donate $100 each. Each member who donates receives a special pin. The Humboldt Lions of Tennessee gave away 125 Christmas baskets. The Salem Lions in South Carolina delivered toys to the United Way and donated $1,675 to a hospice in memory of longtime Lion George Bradshaw. In Bhutan, the Druk Thimpu Lions refurbished a residence for 50 blind students at the National Institute of the Visually Impaired. The East Dubuque Leo Club in Illinois installed a bench and planted a tree outside of their school in remembrance of a classmate who was murdered. They raised money by selling bracelets with the words “Shine On” imprinted on them. For the fourth year, the Chillicothe Evening Lions in Ohio helped families in need for the Christmas season, providing them with gifts and food. District 4 C1 Lions in California received a grant for a new Pediavision digital vision screening camera. They have screened more than 3,000 elementary schoolchildren. With the advancement of the program, the Lions were approved for another grant and received three additional Pediavision cameras.
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