The Springfield 16 Acres Lions Club and District 33 Y and 33 A Lions of Massachusetts participated in the Convoy of Hope, a collaboration of 82 churches and volunteers to help people in need during a five-hour event. More than 1,500 volunteers donated goods and services including new shoes, family photo portraits, haircuts, nutritional educational materials and health services. Lions gave hearing and vision screenings to more than 100 people. Weatherly Lions in Pennsylvania sponsored a tire collection project and received 45 tires to be recycled. Waconia Lions and their families in Minnesota personally delivered 510 poinsettia plants to nursing homes, assisted living and senior apartments. Each recipient received the plant and a personal greeting. Harker Heights Lions in Texas donated a commercial coffeemaker to a firehouse and are planning to donate one to another firehouse. Three members of the Mount Vernon Lions Club in Washington traveled to Gaspar Hernandez in the Dominican Republic on a medical mission. Lions Teresa Pugh, Lynn Pugh and Destiny LaGrandeur paid their own way and brought with them 3,000 pair of eyeglasses that Mt. Vernon Lions collected and processed during the year. More than 1,000 people were seen and 1,800 pairs of eyeglasses distributed. Nearly 100 people had cataract surgeries during the five-day trip. The Rowan Lions Club in Iowa has been hosting a chicken barbecue since 1955. Chartered in 1952 in the rural community of Rowan, population 158, Lions and volunteers serve approximately 600 chicken meals during the annual event. The North Park Lions Club in California began a “Fresh Food for Families” project in which Lions deliver monthly more than a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables to two public schools in underserved areas. A food bank gives Lions the food at no cost, and members use their own vehicles to deliver the produce in bulk to the schools. Lions also have created a similar fresh food program that helps 100 families. They also deliver holiday food baskets. Last year, they distributed 375 boxes of food weighing 30 pounds each to families in need and distributed sandwiches, water and fruit to 200 homeless people. The Amherst Lions Club in Massachusetts donated a desktop magnifying machine valued at $3,000 to the Amherst Audubon Library. Huntertown Lions in Indiana helped pay for a ramp installation for a local family. “This isn’t something we do all the time. We just got word that the family needed Lions’ help on this project,” says Lion Vic Scheele. The Lake City Lions Club in Florida participated in a sight screening at a daycare center for under-privileged children. Lion Dr. Ron Foreman and his staff from North Florida Eye Care examined 70 children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old. Those who were discovered to have vision problems were referred for further treatment by the club at no cost to the family. Brazoria Lions in Texas donated $3,000 to the PET Cart Project, which builds “personal energy transportation” (PET) carts on sturdy frames to enable mobility to handicapped persons in remote regions of the world. Costing $300 to build, each cart is propelled by a hand crank and has puncture-proof tires. The West Chester Lions Club in Pennsylvania gave a $1,000 donation to help support Camp Abilities for blind children. Twenty-two villages in India have been assisted by Lions in Illinois and a matching LCIF grant. Raj Rajaram of the Burr Ridge-Hinsdale-Oak Brook Lions Club in Illinois collected funds from his club and friends to improve sanitation in poor rural areas. The Lions Club of Dharamshala in India also contributed $500 to the effort, bringing total donations to $5,000. An LCIF grant matched that amount. Working with an agency in India, 176 toilets were built. Lions in Atwood, Kansas, delivered 63 baskets of food during the holidays to families in need. They also donated $1,200 to Atwood’s senior center, $500 to Kansas Service Dogs, $350 to a food pantry and $600 to a community garden. Lions distributed nearly $31,500 last year to help local organizations and individuals. Saddle River Valley Lions in New Jersey hosted a second Leo Night for more than 100 Leos they sponsor in three clubs. Leos met Lions and told of the individual projects in which they participate including working with Habitat for Humanity, spending time with Alzheimer patients and donating gifts to pediatric patients. Seventh- and eighth-graders from a middle school in Pennsylvania collect eyeglasses for Lions, including the Chambersburg Noontime and Greencastle Lions Clubs. The glasses are sent to a regional facility in New Jersey for processing and shipment to developing countries. In Oklahoma, 16 members of the North Enid Lions Club, one of whom wore a lion costume, volunteered as Salvation Army bell ringers for a day. For 70 years, Johnston Lions in Iowa have devoted many projects to community schools. They volunteer, sponsor an awards banquet and a teacher appreciation day, provided bleachers for a school gymnasium, gave flags and paid for stadium press boxes, donate scholarships and park cars for school football games. The club also tests children’s vision, sponsors an annual book sale to benefit the library and sells discounted trees for residents to purchase. Smith Mountain Lake Lions in Virginia donated to a community hospice program that provides for hospice care and pastoral counseling for families. The Guhan Ayudante Lions Club in Guam donated a wheelchair to an elementary school student with cerebral palsy. Additionally, they gave supplies to another student at the school who has a medical condition. Venice Lions in Florida visit day care and early learning centers every week from September to May to screen children for vision problems. In about five percent of the testing, a follow-up visit with a professional is needed. Lions send a detailed analysis of what their screening discovered as well as a personal phone call from a Lion. The 52- member club also initiated a publicity campaign with posters that read, “Lions are Loose on the Streets,” and detail their many service activities. District 19 A Lions in British Columbia, Canada, presented the Medal of Merit Award to an off-duty Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who braved a house fire to rescue a 2-year-old child inside. The medal, available for purchase from Lions Clubs International, is given to citizens as special recognition for acts of heroism, humanitarian and outstanding community contribution. Neillsville Lions in Wisconsin arranged for and delivered a lift chair from the Clark County adaptive equipment loan program for senior citizens. The Hertford Lions Club in North Carolina gave each of three graduating high school seniors a $1,000 scholarship in memory of former member Jim “Catfish” Hunter, who helped start the scholarship fund by purchasing and autographing balls for sale by the club as a fundraiser. Hunter, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987, died from ALS in 1999. Lake Havasu City London Bridge Lions in Arizona sponsor an annual grocery store shopping spree fundraiser that generates approximately $1,000. The winner of a ticket raffle sale has two minutes to load groceries from the shelves into a cart. Waseca Lions and Boy Scouts in Minnesota celebrated their partnership at a Lions meeting on the 100th anniversary of community Scouts. A Boy Scout leader attended the meeting to thank Lions for their continuous support of Troop 85. Members of the Tokai Lions Club in South Africa sponsored an environmental cleanup with children in Cape Town to teach them the importance of keeping their community clean. Together they collected more than 120 bags of trash. District 204 in Guam sponsored a health fair that drew 350 participants from the community who had blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings. Digital LION Find more Club News at lionmagazine.org.
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