Shelton Lion and professional chef Treacy Kreger empties cans of clams into pots of his award-winning clam chowder in Washington. Kreger, a member since 2007, says that when he joined the club, “I asked Lions if I could cook the chowder for their OysterFest fundraiser. The rest is history.” Last year, Lions made $3,800 from selling bowls of soup at the annual seafood festival. The funds help pay for eye care for those in need, support a homeless shelter and meal program, and other service activities. Pembroke-Pettawa Lions in Ontario, Canada, gave $5,000 to a hospital’s equipment campaign to purchase a new MRI machine. The Auburn Host Lions Club in California sponsors four Leo clubs. The school-based clubs are Placer High School, Chana High School, EV Cain Charter Middle School and Bowman Charter School. Eleven Lions serve as advisers to the clubs, which have more than 100 members total. Projects include food drives, visiting Alzheimer’s care facilities to entertain patients and waiting tables at Lions’ community crab feeds with tips donated to charitable organizations. The Keene Lions Club in New Hampshire donated a $50,000 pavilion to a park. The Keene Lions Club Pavilion is one of many improvements Lions have made to Fuller Park. Grafton Lions in West Virginia helped arrange for teenager Colton Young to have surgery in Toronto since the specialized “crosslinking” surgery he needed is not yet available in the United States. Travel and other arrangements were covered by the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation. The Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation held its annual VIP Fishing tournament for approximately 36 blind and sightimpaired adults. Boone Lions in Iowa donated $650 to Boone County Freedom Flight, a program that helps fly veterans to Washington, D.C., to see national war memorials. A father holds his anxious son as Minisink Lion Cathy Metschulat screens the boy’s vision at the North Pocono Community Library in Pennsylvania. Lions screened 41 patrons during the event and plan to repeat the screening project next year. Sun Lakes Lions in Arizona teamed with a church to provide holiday gifts for children in the Maricopa County foster care system. Members of the Sylvania Lions Club in Pennsylvania annually paint the community swimming pool, a job that takes at least 20 volunteers to power wash and then use 20 gallons of paint to recoat the surface. In 2015, Troy Lions donated funds to the effort. Bedford Lions in Michigan gave a $5,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity to help build a house for a family in a nearby community. The money was raised from the club’s popular resale shop, the Lion’s Den, which has been operating for 30 years. Another recent $5,000 donation from the club helped rehab a school playground. Lions in Virginia work together packing boxes of food for senior citizens in need at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. Members of the Aquia Evening, Greater Falls Run and Stafford County Lions clubs filled enough boxes to help feed 1,550 people. In Minnesota, members of the Spring Lake Park Lions Club gave $2,000 to Cars for Neighbors, which helps repair vehicles for people in need. Sterling Lions in Colorado logged more than 4,600 hours in service to their community during the past year. Included are Lions who volunteer to read to children as part of a Head Start program, hosting an Easter egg hunt and collecting groceries for the hungry. The New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program donated $12,500 in new reading eyeglasses to the Flemington Area Food Pantry. Registered users will be able to obtain a pair of readers at no cost. The food pantry serves more than 1,300 families in the area. The Mt. Lebanon Lions Club in Pennsylvania distributed $7,000 in funds to several organizations, including public libraries, LCIF, Lions Beacon Lodge Camp, Leader Dogs for the Blind and the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon. The funds were raised through the Lions Farmers Market, White Cane Days and a trash bag and broom sale throughout the year. Noblesville Lions in Indiana gave a $1,000 college scholarship to a graduating high school senior who’s planning to become an elementary school teacher. The Adams Lions Club in Massachusetts gave more than $14,000 to help fund a child’s eye operation and also partners with another organization to send donated eyeglasses to Sudan. Chillicothe Evening Lions in Ohio donated 55 stuffed animals to police and fire departments. The donation is part of an Ohio Lions’ project called “Comfort Cubs,” in which Lions distribute the stuffed toys to first responders to use to comfort children in crisis situations. Members purchase the toys using their own money; no club funds are used.
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