The Fifth Annual Wisconsin Lions Camp Fun Run, Walk and Ride raised nearly $8,000 to benefit the camp. When a member of the Southbridge Lions Club was diagnosed with esophageal cancer two years ago, members of the Massachusetts club rallied around him. Lion Gary Fontaine urged state legislators to recognize this growing disease, and the club was presented with a citation and proclamation signed by the governor for its efforts. The Southbridge Lions Club Bowtie Tuesday for Esophageal Cancer Awareness was held in May, with nearly 100 percent of the membership and their guests wearing bowties. The South Carroll Lioness-Lions Club in Maryland collected items to benefit the Humane Society on Make a Difference Day. They collected cash, gift cards and pet food and supplies outside a veterinary clinic. The Coventry Lions Club in Pennsylvania donated $2,500 to a food pantry. The Wheaton Lions Club in Illinois sponsored a 5K Reindeer Run and Walk through downtown streets with the Wheaton Park District to raise money to help build a Ronald McDonald House in the community. The Ames Breakfast Lions Club in Iowa sponsor a “Pizz-a-thon” every week during the summer during which teams of children can trace the ingredients of their free pizza—from slice back to soil—in cooperation with a learning center. Lions help participants plant seeds in a planter box and record growth data weekly before taking the group to a farm to see growing and harvesting operations in action. The children then make their own pizzas using the ingredients they grew. Hampton Bays Lions in New York raised more than $50,000 from a walk/run, which supported a guide dog foundation, provided scholarships and helped stock a food pantry. Usually about 100 antique cars line the streets from May to October on the third Wednesday of the month when Whiting Lions in Indiana sponsor their Cruise Nights. To celebrate the end of school in June, Lions sponsor the “Kindy 500,” during which kindergarteners decorate their own box cars and take them on a “cruise down the street,” says Lion Olga Papp. “The children are all so proud of their creations.” The children are then treated to free ice cream cones. The Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club in Pennsylvania collected for a food pantry during a two-month campaign. Avalon Lions in New Jersey raised $15,000 by sponsoring a summer concert attended by more than 700 music lovers. The money was donated to an organization that helps homeless families. In North Carolina, Franklin Lions raised $1,700 by selling brooms at a county fair. The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club in New Hampshire sponsored a successful membership campaign by advertising a public invitation for people to visit a club meeting on the eve of Veterans Day. Lions offered to pay the dues of veterans for half a year as an added incentive and in appreciation of their military service. Eleven new members were inducted after attending the event. Members of the Green Lane-Marlboro Lions Club in Pennsylvania volunteered to pick up litter and trash alongside a busy road. Sacramento Senator Lions in California sponsor an ongoing project collecting and donating school supplies. Victoria Lions in Texas decorated a photo booth at a festival with a rustic backdrop and an array of western-style props. For a $5 donation, patrons dressed up in old-time gear and had Lions take their photos. More than 350 were sold that day. Lions in District 11 B2 in Michigan operate a new Project KidSight vision screening trailer donated by South Haven Black River Lions Patrick McFarland and his wife, Arline. It was given in memory of late Kalamazoo Downtown Lion Bill Kowalski, who helped expand the KidSight screening program to Michigan. Screenings are done at outdoor health fairs, festivals and events during temperate months. The trailer is pulled by a truck, and its interior features a jungle theme. It’s designed for the amusement of children, with pictures of small animals on the walls. Children from a primary school participated in a reading project sponsored by the Bridgetown Lions Club in Barbados, West Indies, at the governor general’s home. After they read short stories and poems to show their literacy skills to His Excellency Sir Elliot Belgrave, the governor’s staff gave the 20 children a tour of Government House.
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