The Clinton and Cayuga Lions Clubs in Indiana have partnered to provide vision screenings for schoolchildren in three counties since 2007. The clubs share four Optic 5000 machines, two stereopsis kits and one color blindness kit. Lions have screened more than 9,000 students and made nearly 2,400 referrals since the program began. They’ve spent $17,568 supporting the program and paying for follow-up treatment for students in need. “School nurses tell us that what we do in just a few hours would take them several months to complete due to all their other tasks,” says Clinton Lion Dean Strohm. Members of the Moneta Lions Club in Virginia pick up trash along a local roadway four times a year as part of an environmental project. North Dakota Lion Judy Beaudry says serving as a youth camp coordinator at the MD 5 Lions Badlands Youth Camp in July was “an eye-opening, awesome experience” because of the 44 great young people, some of whom were Leos, who participated. “Many of the people they came into contact with thanked Lions for being able to meet them—they were so bright and compassionate. The people they touched may not run home and join a Lions club, but they will think of Lions positively because of the great impression these young people left,” says Beaudry, a member of the Washburn Lions Club with husband, Mac, a camp director. Campers were from Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia. The Spokane Central Lions Club in Washington donated more than 30 plastic sacks and two backpacks loaded with school supplies. It’s a club tradition to supplement what parents can provide. A corner of an office storage room is now filled with paper, pencils, pens and other supplies to be distributed to students as needed. Larsen-Winchester Lions in Wisconsin have built what amounts to more than 4.5 miles of wheelchair ramps in the 34 years they’ve been constructing the ramps for disabled community members. They recently completed their 800th ramp. The oldest member of the ramp crew is 92; two others are in their mid- to late 80s. Once the wheelchair ramp is no longer needed, Lions remove the structure’s pre-made 10-foot sections to reuse at another home. Members of the Cecilton Lions Club in Maryland screened 1,221 children recently, referring 143 for further care from a vision professional. The Rye Lions Club in New Hampshire sponsored a car show that drew 500 spectators to see the 140 classic cars on display. Funds raised from the show will go toward scholarships, the New Hampshire Sight and Hearing Foundation, an association for the blind and funding for the club’s medical equipment donation program. Members of the Livingston Lions Club in New Jersey hosted a bingo and pizza party for residents of a home for veterans. Alto Lions in Michigan (above) play a game with a little princess, one of hundreds of children who came to a Halloween party at Boulder Ridge Animal Park. Lions not only entertained trick-or-treaters, but also fed them and their families. More than 1,000 free hot dogs were given out, along with candy and prizes for winning a game. Selbyville Lions in Delaware delivered canned hams to people in need in their community and gave another 99 hams to a food pantry for Meals on Wheels distribution. The club regularly helps stock local food pantries to help feed the hungry. The Lebanon Lions Club in Pennsylvania hosted its first annual E. Michael Mease dinner, named in honor of a longtime beloved member who died. The $10,000 raised will help Lions continue paying for eye exams and eyeglasses for people in need. Lion Jim Martindale (above) makes wooden toys as part of a volunteer project supported by the Chilliwack, Mt. Cheam, Dogwood Monarch and Stellars Jay Lions Clubs in British Columbia, Canada. Over the past 10 years, more than 10,000 wooden pieces, including birdhouses, puzzles, cradles, trucks and cars, have been made and distributed to families in need and hospitalized children. Lions took charge of the project in 2013 from another community group they helped. Cucamonga District Host Lions in California packed 3,140 used eyeglasses to be distributed on Lions missions. The Athens Middle School Leo Club in Tennessee organized a food drive that collected more than 6,000 cans and packages of food for approximately 600 families who use the community food pantry. The estimated value of donations was between $7,500 to $10,000 collected during the fiveday drive. Each day of the collection featured a theme, and students were allowed to dress according to that day’s theme. In California, the Petaluma 7:11 Lions held their annual White Cane Day, raising $826 over two days for sight programs. They also prepared and served lunch at a Canine Companions for Independence graduation celebration. The Clear Spring Lions in Maryland have managed a food bank since 1978, beginning with serving five families a month. The food bank currently serves 35 to 45 families. In New Jersey, the Absecon Lions teamed up with public school students for a clothing drive, collecting more than 30 bags of coats, shoes and clothing items for a homeless shelter. In New York City, Lions and LCIF sponsored a two-day Lions Quest training for 36 teachers. The Reedsburg and Baraboo Lions Clubs in Wisconsin partnered to purchase a PediaVision Spot screening device, which they are using to screen all of the kindergarten through fourth grade students. The Cloverleaf Lions in Minnesota are rehabilitating a 100-year-old city park building. Knowlton Lions (above) in Quebec, Canada and volunteers assemble holiday baskets filled with new toys and food for families in need in several nearby communities. For several holiday seasons, the Watertown Lions Club in Connecticut has aided Safe Haven, an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Lions collected $11,000 in funds, food and clothing for the women and children at the shelter. To increase community awareness of their activities, The Tunkhannock Lions Club in Pennsylvania offered free hot chocolate during the “Christmas In Our Hometown” celebration. The club also displayed a sign listing its recent accomplishments.
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