ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS ELGIN AND AREA LIONS IN MANITOBA, CANADA, Raised funds to help pay travel expenses for a 13-year-old girl with Hodgkin’s disease. She and her family must travel approximately four hours to and from Winnipeg where she receives cancer treatments. The IDAHO-EAST OREGON LIONS SIGHT AND HEARING FOUNDATION, INC. Was honored for its work to eliminate a waiting list and restoring sight to more than 5,000 individuals through corneal transplantation. M. E. Grace and Associates presented a Philanthropy Honor Role Award to the foundation, which serves more than 20,000 people annually. EAST DUBUQUE LIONS IN ILLINOIS “adopted” members of the Combat Logistics Battalion One unit serving in Afghanistan. A member’s son is serving in the unit and Lions are providing non-perishable and personal items requested by troops such as socks and beef jerky. Several Lions Clubs in BULGARIA observed World Diabetes Day. Among the most publicized was a Lions Balloon Walk for diabetes awareness, during which Lions, children, their families and other participants released blue balloons into the sky stamped with the Lions logo and images of walking Lions. GREENPOINT LIONS IN NEW YORK Sponsored their first bathtub races, but vow it won’t be their last. Tub teams consisted of three people, two in the tub to steer with plungers and one person to push it. There were 26 participating sponsors at a cost of $200 apiece to enter the race, which was held in a local park. THE PORT OF SPAIN LIONS CLUB IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Hosted its first “Dining with the Stars” to raise money for students at the Cascade School for the Deaf to pursue job skills training. Hundreds of people attended the event to sample different foods from local restaurants. SEMINOLE, OKLAHOMA, Lions know that public awareness is essential to a Lions club’s community support so they sponsored a project to erect entry signs into their community. With funding from the city and chamber of commerce, signs have now been located at entry points to the city announcing it as home to a Lions club and other community and civic organizations. SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA, Lions celebrated their club’s 55th anniversary by donating $5,500 ($100 for each year of service) to the Prince County Hospital. The contribution will purchase two bassinets and a blood pressure machine. A Fourth of July celebration is the way UNION COUNTY LIONS IN BLAIRSVILLE, GEORGIA, pay back the community for its support throughout the year. The event’s “hole-in-one” golf winner donated his cash prize to the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind. A women’s golf scramble sponsored by the HUBBARD, OHIO, Lions Club raised $2,000 for the Silver Lining Cancer Fund, used for treatment and medicine for breast cancer patients in need. Lions have donated nearly $13,000 to the fund in four years. Lions in KENYA officially opened the new $1 million Kanubhai Babla Lions Eye Bank in Loresho, Nairobi. Named after a prominent Lion, the facility houses several specialty clinics as well as the Lions Medical Training Institute and is the only one in East and Central Africa. As of November, the bank had supplied tissue for more than 118 cornea transplants. A 13-year-old girl with spinal injuries received a $2,000 donation from BENSALEM, PENNSYLVANIA, Lions to help purchase a WalkAide®. The device uses electronic impulses to help a user walk without crutches or braces. Members of the DALLAS WOMEN’S LIONS CLUB IN TEXAS sponsored a low vision clinic. Lions processed 70 students from low-income families and those who needed glasses received subsidized pairs. MOMBASA BAHARI, KENYA, Lions sponsored a free general surgery, ear, nose and throat and eye clinic during which more than 80 patients received necessary operations. Additionally, Lions sponsored two breast cancer awareness camps that attracted hundreds of participants. The EGG HARBOR, WISCONSIN, Lions Club partnered with the United Special Sportsman Alliance to sponsor a salmon fishing event. Lions sponsored two young men, one visually impaired and the other with muscular dystrophy, as participants. The event is expected to be much larger in 2010 with the participation of other Lions clubs. HURRICANE DECK LIONS IN MISSOURI sponsored a fashion show and luncheon with an international flavor. Tables were decorated to reflect the home countries of various foods served during the event, and donations were given to several community and Lionssupported charitable groups. The India Post issued a special postal cover and cancellation that featured the Lions Clubs International logo in BANGALORE to mark World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. District 324-D1 Governor K. Devagowda received the first cover at a special event. ANNIVERSARIES FEBRUARY 2010 85 Years: St. Petersburg, FL; Corvalis, OR; Webster Groves, MO; Waxahachie, TX; Ephrata and Kennett Square, PA. 80 Years: Gosport, IN; Fort Atkinson and Tomah, WI; Orange City, IA; Clyde, KS; Lewiston, ID. 75 Years:Van Buren and New Castle, IN; Skowhegan, ME; Wayne, PA; Talbotton, GA; Schumacher, ONT, CAN. 50 Years: South Potomac, MD; Centre Township, IN; Holmen, WI; West Lexington, NC; Washington, KY; Godfrey, IL; Cotton Center, El Paso Skyline and Texas City Noon, TX; Porterville Breakfast, CA; Bourg, LA; Elkton, MI; Lakeland, OH; Nine Partners, NY; Humberstone, ONT; and Preeceville District, SK, CAN. 25 Years: Sneads Ferry, NC; San Francisco The Castro, Santa Maria Sunrisers, Orange County Central and Hemet Ramona Valley, CA; Staten Island Royal, NY; Dun Lakes, AZ; Gilbert Plains & District, Oakville and Warren & District, MB, CAN.
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