Members of the Alexandria Evening Lions Club in Minnesota wanted to support local law enforcement. The club displayed a billboard for two months on the side of a busy highway with its name, the Lions logo and the names of six area law enforcement agencies with the words: Appreciate Law Enforcement. The billboard space was donated by Lion Roger Wussow, who owns the sign. The club also paid more than $1,000 for three smaller signs that were displayed at the county fair. To celebrate the 300th anniversary of their town, Hopkinton Lions in Massachusetts constructed a large float for a parade with the help of neighboring Ashland Lions. On top of the float sat a large lion wearing eyeglasses while reading an eye chart. In addition to participating in the celebration, Lions also promoted membership by decorating the eye chart with these words: “If you can read this, then you should join our club.” The Helena Lions Club in Alabama donated $1,000 to the Helena High School science department to purchase new equipment after being asked by the school’s principal to help equip a new lab. Dundee Township Lions in Illinois donated the proceeds of a concert they sponsored to the Association for Individual Development, which provides training and assistance to those with developmental disabilities. Two members of the Chatham- Nauset Lions Club in Massachusetts, John Brooks and Ron Kangas, established a tradition a decade ago that continues to provide help to those in need of specialized post-surgical equipment. When Brooks’ wife Joyce had a detached retina, she was required to use a face-down support system called a vitrectomy chair after surgery. Brooks first rented a chair and then purchased one to loan to others who faced the same recovery needs. He and Kangas notified ophthalmic centers about the chair’s availability for patients. The club then purchased a second chair and both Lions delivered and set up each one until recently when other members of the club took over the responsibility. Donations from grateful chair recipients net the club $1,000 to $1,200 annually, all of which Lions contribute to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund. In Texas, members of the Bonham Lions Club collected 260 pairs of glasses for recycling. San Bernardino Lions in California gave a $500 donation to a hospital’s burn unit to help treat burn patients. Sheridan Lions in Indiana gave $1,000 to the Town of Sheridan and another $1,000 to the fire department. Lions raised the money from their annual fish fry. The District 33 A Sight and Hearing Fund in Massachusetts donated $20,000 to the Wachusett Meadows Sanctuary to build trails that are accessible to the sight-impaired and disabled. The Kinkardine and District Lions Club in Ontario, Canada, built a new splash pad for children and families at Lions Park. Lions built the playground in 1992 and completely refurbished it in 2009. The splash pad is a new addition. A friendly lion drinking fountain provides a cool sip of water for Alessandra McCann and other children playing at a park. The Jackson Township Lions Club in Ohio paid $4,500 for the 5-foot-tall fiberglass lion. The fountain is placed on a concrete pad and is accessible to all visitors. The club’s fountain donation coincides with Jackson Township’s 200th anniversary, says Lion Ralph Manning. The club has been serving the community for 55 years. Lion and chiropractor Catherine Luib, a member of the La Jolla Presidents Lions Club in California, went to the Philippines on a holistic health mission with a colleague, which was supported in part by her Lions club. They distributed donated vitamin supplements and topical creams to more than 400 people in three days. Luib also gave a presentation at a medical center on chiropractic and traditional Chinese medicine. The Fort Lauderdale Lions Club in Florida helped support a vision and medical mission to San Rafael del Sur, a poor agricultural village on the west coast of Nicaragua. In partnership with the Nova Southeastern University Student Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists and Good Samaritan Clinic, Fort Lauderdale Lions Caleb St. Jean and Carlos Pargas traveled with the mission during which more than 900 patients were treated. Lions distributed 520 pairs of used eyeglasses collected by the club and donated $600 to the mission team for local transportation. The Mount Washington Lions Club in Kentucky gave $50,000 to the city of Mount Washington to renovate a park. The donation will pay for a fenced play area for children under 5, a padded area to help prevent injuries and new playground pieces to replace old, rusted equipment. Lewiston Lions in Idaho park as many as 1,500 cars at a music festival for a $500 donation from event organizers. Members of the club have parked cars at the Lewiston Roundup since 1974 to raise funds. Fourteen Memphis Lions in Michigan learned life-saving CPR techniques from EMT personnel so that they may be able to help during an emergency if needed. Lions also learned how to use an automatic external defibrillator. In Illinois, the Crete Lions Club sponsored its first health and wellness fair that included diabetes screenings, flu shots and hearing tests. The Natoma Lions Club in Kansas sponsored its second Legends of Natoma essay and photo contest to promote the history of the small rural community for future generations. The project is sponsored by Lions, who awarded winners of each contest $50. The top two winning essays and photos were then displayed at the Natoma Heritage Museum. The Lions Club of Rishkesh Divine in India celebrated its 26th charter anniversary by distributing food to students at a school, most of whom are in need. The Lions Club of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada, collected gentlyused equipment for children aged 5 to 16 whose families can’t afford costly sporting goods. Equipment was donated by the community for indoor soccer, hockey and ringette, a game similar to hockey created in Canada. The equipment was donated to Lions during the club’s fourth “Gear Up” campaign. Chambersburg Noon Lions in Pennsylvania gave $1,000 to an elementary school to help bolster its communications system should an emergency arise. Lions have also partnered with the school district to recognize an outstanding “teacher of the month.” It took a total of 29 members working 1,050 hours for Indianapolis Washington Township Lions to cook and serve more than 34,000 roasted ears of corn at their annual booth at the Indiana State Fair. The Aubrey 380 Area Lions Club in Texas screened 335 middle school students’ vision. The Rye Lions Club in New Hampshire sponsored its 32nd annual car show with nearly 300 autos entered in the show, which attracts hundreds of visitors. Lions donated proceeds to New Hampshire Sight and Hearing, an association for the blind and the Guide Dog Foundation. Funds will also help provide scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The Thorsby and District Lions Club in Alberta, Canada, donated a large clock that was installed in front of the village offices in honor of Lions Clubs International’s centennial in 2017. A plaque on the clock recognizes Thorsby Lions for their contribution and the association’s 100 years of humanitarian service. Members of the Emmitsburg, Francis Scott Key, Thurmont and Middletown Lions clubs in Maryland united to screen more than 280 preschoolers enrolled in a Head Start program. Bradenton Lion Jan Kunka baits Tyler Collins’ fish hook in Florida during the club’s annual fishing tournament for the blind. Ten Lions and five volunteers from Lighthouse for the Blind hosted 13 people of all ages, helping them bait hooks, catch fish and then release them back into the water again. Lions also served all participants a luncheon at the Anna Maria Island fishing pier during the day-long tournament. In Florida, 17 members of the Ellenton-Parrish Lions Club volunteered to clean more than two miles of a road as part of a county beautification project. The Boise Bench Lions Club in Idaho donated $20,000 to the Idaho/Eastern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. Stow Lions in Massachusetts brought the District 33 K Eye mobile to 12 schools in Stow and three other towns during a 15-day period to screen 2,878 students in grades one through nine. The Rainier Lions in Washington hosted a pizza and cake party to recognize and thank 15 students for their community service work. The students volunteered to clean up parks and hiking trails. They helped Lions during several projects, carrying heavy cartons of fruit during a fundraising sale, and they packed apples during a Halloween celebration in a park. The young volunteers also assisted by singing during "Caroling for Cans," helping the Rainier Emergency Food Center receive more than 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food in donations.
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