Avon Lions in Ohio measure a child’s catch of the day during their annual fishing derby for boys and girls. More than 150 children and their families received a free breakfast around the banks of Northgate Park pond. Lions gave dozens of fishing rods and tackle boxes to anglers for the largest of each species caught. They measured each catch, which included a 9-inch bluegill, a 21-inch carp and a 2-foot long catfish. The Calabar Atakpa Lions Club in Nigeria organized a 4-kilometer STRIDES Walk to promote diabetes awareness. In Vermont, the town council honored the Castleton Lions for their 65 years of service to the community. The club recently donated playground equipment, coordinated a fundraising auction and held its annual fishing derby. The Winona Noon Lions and the Sunset Lions in Minnesota packaged 550 Christmas dinners for the less fortunate. Since the 1990s, the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center has collected more than 10.8 million eyeglasses and distributed more than 1.2 million to mission groups going abroad. The center also coordinates an eyeglass collection program with partners that include students at a school for the deaf, correctional facility inmates and volunteers. With the help of school and community volunteers, the Vass Lions in North Carolina completed their 61st annual Christmas Food Drive. They delivered baskets to 235 families in need. The 40 members of the Riverdale Leo Club in Wisconsin gave $1,500 in donations to people in need and collected and distributed more than 1,000 pounds of non-perishable items for a food pantry. District R 1 Lions in the Dominican Republic sponsored a Walk for Diabetes to raise money to fight the disease. The Lansing Lions Club in Illinois donated more than $400 to a community Meals on Wheels program. District 60 A Lions in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago distributed 36 white canes to blind and visuallyimpaired people and purchased two laptops and speech software for the Blind Welfare Association. Buena Park Noon Lions in California cooked up an early-morning pancake and sausage breakfast for their community’s Eggstravaganza the day before Easter. All funds raised from the breakfast go toward local service activities. The Ocean City Lions Club in Maryland sold 125,000 raffle tickets to win a Dodge Challenger RT Classic. Seven months of ticket sales resulted in the club netting more than $53,500 for its service projects. Lions estimate that they invested 1,540 hours volunteering in prominent outdoor locations to sell the tickets. The Imperial Lions Club’s Medical Foundation screened eyes and gave free prescription eyeglasses to 937 people who attended a joint project between the club and the California Lions Friends in Sight program. Originally scheduled to be a one-day event, Lions extended it another day because of high attendance. The first project of the Southern Regional Leo Club in New Jersey was a schoolwide collection of coloring books and crayons that was given to the pediatric unit of a hospital. The club also sponsored a “Flip flops for the Philippines” collection that donated more than 50 pairs of flip flops to provide foot coverings for victims of the typhoon. A shipping company in northern New Jersey sent the donations free of charge. The Lions Club of Bitola marked World Sight Day by donating an audio book to all associations for the blind in Macedonia. Written and narrated by club president Marjan Tanusevski (right), the audio book is played during a special presentation by Steve Kostadinovski, president of the Association of Blind People in Bitola, which has 220 members. The audio book is a history of Bitola, recorded in both Macedonian and English. Each copy also has an explanatory page in Braille. Frosty the Snowman, also known as Lion Elaine Ord, made a surprise visit to help Santa Claus entertain at the children’s Christmas Party sponsored by the Falls Lions Club in Pennsylvania. The Council of Past District Governors of District 306 B1 in Sri Lanka established a trust in memory of Past International Director Chuck Wijenathen. This trust will administer the Training Institute for Emerging Leaders as well as the Training Institute for Leos and Youth Groups. Rainier Lions in Washington learned from a member who is a nurse that children in their small community were not being inoculated against childhood diseases because of cost. Lions arranged for health care providers to inoculate those schoolchildren against measles and other diseases that require children’s immunizations. The Sharon Lions in Wisconsin gave $6,000 to the village of Sharon to cover costs for a new park shelter. The Biratnagar Central Megha Leo Club in Nepal provided new school uniforms and school supplies for students in a remote village school to celebrate Children’s Day. Members of the St. Andrew’s Lions Club in Grenada fed the homeless after seeking them out in various locations and bringing them hot meals. More than 30 percent of children screened by the Guwahati Metro Lions Club in India were discovered to need further care and/or eyeglasses. Approximately 600 students were screened, and Lions are paying for necessary follow-up care including medications and eyeglasses. The Bombay Mahanagar Lions in India sponsored an event to fit people in need with prosthetic limbs and feet. The project has been held annually for the past eight years in the orthopedic department of a local hospital. Prospect Lions in Ohio have raised funds since 1945 to support scholarships and a July 4th celebration. Among their fundraisers are broom and light bulb sales, selling hamburgers at a farmer’s market and a White Cane sale. El Cajon Valley Lions in California volunteered at Lions Camp Jack, a two-week summer camp program that hosted 144 at-risk youth from the San Diego area. They also held a fishing clinic for campers. South Charleston Lions in West Virginia picked up five bags of trash discarded on part of a local highway the club adopted. They clean the road three times a year. Corpus Cristi Southside Lions in Texas annually give dictionaries to third-graders at a school when they return to class after summer. A Fourth of July barbecue netted more than $4,100 for the Franklin Lions Club in North Carolina. In New Jersey, the Westville Lions’ mascot pulled double duty at the club’s Easter egg hunt by posing as the “Easter Lion” to the amusement of many children. Blind and visually impaired “shoppers” from the Vision Center on Blindness (VCB) in Spring Valley, New York, check out merchandise they can take home at no charge. Hundreds of items ranging from shoes and accessories to dresses and casual clothing, all collected by the Putnam Valley, Monsey Ramapo and North Rockland Lions clubs, were scooped up by eager participants. Items were donated from District 20 R1 and beyond, says Lion Dina Nejman, who helped organize the event. Lions were on hand to assist shoppers. Three members of the Adrian Evening Lions Club in Michigan were part of a 13-team Supermarket Sweep competition that ran through a market for five minutes loading up a grocery cart. All items were then donated to a food bank. Lions had to keep one hand on the cart while they swept food off the shelves into it. Fort Vancouver Lions in Washington prepared and served dinner to families attending an open house at a local school marking students’ seasonal return to school. They also netted nearly $2,000 from two different fundraising sales of cherries. Lions in Trumball, Connecticut, delivered a recent shipment of nearly 700 donated eyeglasses to New Eyes for the Needy in New Jersey. Allahabad Angel Lions in India paid school tuition for five students, prepared and served dinner to children living in a home for the blind and honored 71 teachers with certificates of appreciation. The Table View Lions Club in South Africa donated a tree to a school for students to plant in celebration of Arbor Week. The Enid Lions in Oklahoma continued their annual tradition of grilling and serving hamburgers and other lunch items to teachers and school support staff on their first day of school. Sacramento Senator Lions in California collected school supplies for children in Africa as well as two local elementary schools. The Campbell Lions Club in Kentucky donated $1,000 to Lions Camp Crescendo to help pay for unexpected plumbing repairs and also collected and shipped 196 used eyeglasses to a Lions recycling center. Leavenworth Lions and Leos in Kansas raised more than $11,000 over 17 days selling candy canes. The Fort Wayne Central Lions Club in Indiana gave $1,000 to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to help build an Australian Adventure area. The funds were given in honor of 2013-14 International President Barry J. Palmer. Quakertown Lions in Pennsylvania prepared and served meals to a group of disabled adults. They also made $425 from a yard sale of donated items. Members of the Francis Scott Key (FSK) Lions Club in Maryland have been donating non-perishable items for 10 years to a food bank. They also donated school supplies for children in need and collect used greeting cards for recycling for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.
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