The Seattle First Hill Lions Club in Washington presented $1,500 scholarships to four graduating high school seniors. Lions funded three scholarships and the fourth was donated to the club by a local foundation. Forty Fort Lions in Pennsylvania sponsor a 5-mile race, which annually attracts more than 500 runners and nets the club approximately $6,000 to support community service activities including Little League and other youth groups. The race is held in memory of Lion Bernie Hargadon, an avid runner. Members of the Bellevue Lions Club in Michigan joined with Friends of the Park volunteers to repaint and rehab park playground equipment. Lions lent their labor sanding, repainting and fixing children’s equipment. All funds for the project were provided by the village. In Michigan, the Olivet Lions Club collected $700 and, literally, a ton of nonperishable food items for a food pantry. In Pennsylvania, members of the Tunkhannock Lions Club collected donations to help provide local vision care for people in need during White Cane Days. Portage Lions in Wisconsin sponsored a “Stuff the Bus” campaign to provide school supplies for schoolchildren. Lions clubs from throughout the United States have donated more than $3 million in 30 years to Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI), A symbolic check presentation was held at LPCCI headquarters in Santa Rosa, California, to illustrate Lions’ dedication to helping provide more than 4,500 assistance dogs to those in need. Members of the Cecilton Lions Club in Maryland screened 1,221 children in schools last year and referred 127 for further care. The Amherst Lions and Lionesses in Nova Scotia, Canada, sponsor an anti-drug, anti-bullying program for fifth-graders after being asked by a police officer to help involve youth in healthy and productive activities. They pay to bus students from their schools to see a presentation cosponsored by several organizations including youth football, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, local police and fire departments, a martial arts program and health professionals. Lions give departing students promotional T-shirts and contact information for program presenters. Last year, 145 students from four schools participated. Miami Springs Lions in Florida clean, sort and determine prescriptions on eyeglasses collected from clubs throughout District 35 N. Last year, Lions shipped more than 16,000 eyeglasses, 84 pounds of spare parts and more than 2,950 lenses to a recycling center. The Homosassa Lions Club in Florida sponsors a yard sale to support shelters for the homeless. The Forada Lions Club in Minnesota gave $2,500 to Leader Dogs of Michigan for building projects. Macon Cherry Blossom Lions John Cecil Daniels (pictured above) and his wife Elsie, also a member of the Georgia club, spent several days on a ship exploring Antarctica, also called the White Continent, since it is 98 percent covered in ice, even in summer months. It wasn’t just a learning experience for the Daniels. They used every opportunity to stay warm and also to publicize Lions Clubs International to all they met—even to curious penguins they encountered on the planet’s northernmost continent. Dr. Lowell Gess, 93, an ophthalmologist and longtime member of the Alexandria Evening Lions Club in Minnesota, recently returned home after a two-month stay in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He volunteered at an eye hospital when the resident eye doctor was evacuated because of the Ebola virus threat. Gess and his late wife served as medical missionaries in that country for 20 years, and he estimates that he’s crossed the Atlantic Ocean 186 times going back and forth to Africa. Because he tended to the eye care needs of Ebola survivors, Gess spent three weeks after his return in a self-imposed quarantine. He downplays his humanitarian actions. “I thought, well, at age 93, I wasn’t at any risk, so I went over and filled in,” he tells the Alexandria Echo Press. Digital LION Read more Club News at lionmagazine.org.
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