Lions in Colorado and Wyoming are raising $1.3 million to equip a new and expanded building to house the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. Originally opened in 2001 in Aurora, Colorado, in cooperation with Colorado University Hospital, the institute served more than 74,000 people last year. When fundraising is complete, it’s expected that the Lions’ donation will fund the building of 10 rooms and specialized diagnostic equipment. The Leo Legends Club in Vancouver, Washington, helped a 95-year-old World War II veteran by cleaning up his lawn and flowerbeds during a recent work party. The club is sponsored by Fort Vancouver Lions. Pomona Host Lions Bob Stuard, a professor of sign language, and Bryan Esparza use sign language during a Flag Day presentation their California club presented to elementary school students. Signing was the idea of Lion Wendy Stuard, who wanted to not only try to teach children about the importance of the country’s flag, but also show children the importance of including those with special needs in their activities. Members of the McKeesport Lions Club in Pennsylvania schedule twice-yearly work parties to pick up trash and debris from a stretch of highway. Elgin Lions in Illinois sponsor a yearly food drive in conjunction with an elementary school. A Lion spoke before a school assembly asking students to bring in canned goods to help feed people in need and the club provided containers. Last year, more than 2,100 items were collected. The East Baton Rouge Lions in Louisiana sponsored a middle school art class for the International Peace Poster contest. After the contest in Multiple District 8, Lions held a pizza party for the students. Long Lake, New York, Lions sell calendars with citizens’ anniversary dates and birthdays as an annual fundraiser. The calendars feature scenic photographs of the area, located in the middle of the picturesque Adirondack Park. Satellite Central Lions in Nigeria renovated and refurbished a nursery and primary school. Members of the Vereeniging Lions Club in South Africa paid US$2,000 to build a bus shelter to replace one that burned to the ground several years ago. It is frequently used by domestic workers who take public transportation to their jobs. The NY Financial District Lions Club in New York regularly raises funds for the USO “United Through Reading–Always at Your Side” program. The project videotapes deployed parent soldiers as they read a book donated to their child and then mails the DVD and book home to the child in the United States. Each book and DVD packet costs $10. Members of the Harrison Lions Club in New Jersey donate both time and money to Camp Fatima for the developmentally disabled. Lions spent more than 700 volunteer hours last summer during the two-week camp sessions. The Sarasota Lions Club in Florida provides free diabetes screening at a flea market every month. The Lions clubs of Windermere District, Fairmont, Wasa Lake and Golden United in British Columbia, Canada, joined together in a walk to raise funds for a hospital’s ophthalmology unit. The clubs donated CAD$8,675 to the unit. Comax Valley Monarch Lions Steve Morey and Ken Hand measure twice and cut once while working on handrails for the ramp Lions built for a 29-year-old man who has multiple sclerosis in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. A local hardware store donated all materials, and Lions volunteered their labor to first clean the site and then build a long access ramp. The Franklin Lions Club in Indiana donated $1,000 to help cover costs of a pancreas transplant for an insulin- dependent diabetic resident. Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, Lions made a donation to MADD, which encourages people to drink and drive responsibly in their community. The Juneau and Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Clubs united to sponsor an eyeglass collection campaign in Alaska. Pinchot Park Lions in Pennsylvania donated $100 to Hope International to help people in underdeveloped countries learn a craft or how to operate a business in order to support themselves. Stuttgart Lions in Arkansas collected eyeglasses at a production of “The Miracle Worker” held at the civic center. Thirty West Covina High School Leos modeled the latest in teen fashions during the club’s 12th annual fashion show at their school in California. More than 250 students and adults paid $5 to attend the event, which featured both male and female Leos walking the runway. The club raised $1,000 for the Lions Clubs International Measles Eradication Program. Temple Founder Lions in Texas raised $29,000 last year by sponsoring the club’s 75th annual Follies stage show. Nearly every Lion in the 105- member club is involved on stage or behind the scenes to produce as many as 20 acts during the show. The Williamsport Lions Club in Maryland recently distributed $16,000 in donations, including funds to a building campaign for the Boys and Girls Club, a community band, the town of Williamsport, the Salvation Army, a free clinic and a hospice program. Members of the Smithfield Lions Club in North Carolina gave a new coat of red paint to 100 fire hydrants in their community to brighten them up. There are a total of 748 fire hydrants in Smithfield, and Lions are considering repainting all of them at the city’s request. Princeton Lions in Illinois sponsor a classic car show in the autumn that attracts as many as 150 vehicle owners who are asked to bring a new, in-the-box toy for a holiday gift to a child in need. In lieu of a toy, car owners may give a $10 donation to Lions to purchase a child’s gift. Members of the South Porcupine Lions Club in Ontario, Canada, have been cleaning up a local stretch of highway for decades. They average at least 100 bags of trash during the twice-yearly project. Sedalia Lions in Missouri deliver “care bags” to hospitalized children. The bags include age-appropriate books, puzzles and games for children and their parents. After forging a partnership with a literacy group, Lions received more books to add to the large yellow cloth tote bags that sport the Lions logo. Bristol County Lions in Rhode Island participated in what is believed to be the oldest Fourth of July parade in the United States. Established in 1785, the televised parade now attracts as many as 100,000 people. Lions entered a float that featured a hiphop dancing Lion and a giant eyeglass collection box to promote recycled donations. More than 400 pair of eyeglasses were collected by Springfield, Pennsylvania, Lions. The club maintains seven drop-off locations in the community and regularly picks up donations from the packed collection boxes. The Francis Scott Key Lions Club in Frederick, Maryland, participated in a ceremony that concluded the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration in Frederick. The Conway Evening Lions Club in Arkansas supported a program for more than 150 students that supplements their meals on weekends when they’re not receiving breakfasts and lunch provided by the school system.
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