When members of the Ugandan Kids Choir performed at churches in Catlin and Danville, Illinois, the Catlin Lions Club arranged a vision screening for the 12 children. Two of the 10-year-olds from Uganda received glasses from Lions as a result. The club spent $760 on this effort. Rockaway Township Lions in New Jersey raised $2,000 in a raffle of New Jersey Devils tickets, collect about 200 eyeglasses monthly for New Eyes for the Needy and hold a Christmas in July or August for children with disabilities and visual impairments at Camp Marcella. A sight-impaired child closes in on a beeping Easter egg during a hunt sponsored by Rouzerville Lions in Pennsylvania. Lions added the beeping egg hunt after a suggestion from new members Melissa and Glenn Russ, who arranged for the beeping eggs and helped organize the event. Eighteen blind and sight-impaired children participated after the club’s annual traditional event. Both events were held at the same park but in different locations 30 minutes apart to avoid confusion. Eggs discovered by all children were exchanged by Lions for candy and stuffed animals. The Portland Lloyd Lions Club in Oregon donated a flagpole and flag to a school for the hearing impaired. Open for 68 years, the school had never had a flagpole. Lions then held a “raising the colors” ceremony for students. A child happily reaches for a toy given to him by a member of the Moore Haven Lions Club in Florida. The club gave away 100 wooden toys made by inmates at the Moore Haven Correctional Facility as holiday gifts for children. The Amherst Lions Club in New York gave five graduating high school students $500 scholarships. Concordia Lions in Missouri poured a new concrete pad for a park shelter, which had to be moved to a new location and needed flooring. Moca Leos in Puerto Rico sent 181 pairs of eyeglasses they collected to the Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Washington. Lacey Sunrise Lion Don Schmidt, who’s also president of the center, says, “I feel good knowing these young people are aware of the needs of people around the world and are stepping up to help them. I think this demonstrates the value of the Leo clubs program.” Using funds raised from their Tenth Motorcycle Poker Run, the Grass Valley Gold Country Lions in California contributed $3,500 as its annual donation to Sierra Services for the Blind and gave another $3,500 to New Events & Opportunities, a youth group. The Murrysville Lions Club in Pennsylvania received a certificate from the mayor in appreciation of the club’s community service. Additionally, Lion John Jacoby was named Volunteer of the Year by the town council and the club was also named Volunteer Group of the Year by the Westmoreland County Food Bank. St. Davids & District Lions in Ontario, Canada, sponsored their annual carnival, complete with a dunk tank run by Leos. The largest fundraiser the club sponsors, the event has been drawing customers in the region for 52 years. For the past 15 years, East Cobb and Marietta Lions in Georgia have distributed small flags to residents to wave during the annual Fourth of July parade in Marietta. Mehlville Lions in Missouri purchased and smoked 48 turkeys to include in Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need. Lion Geoff Mees, volunteer Curtis McCall and Lion Kathy Lee Williams (above) keep turkeys moving in and out of a smoker built into a fire truck during the four days of preparation to assemble and deliver the meals. “The truck used to be my grandfather’s fire truck,” says Lion Rebecca Shockley. “He was a Lion and a firefighter.” He passed away in 2008, and her grandmother donated the truck to the club which now uses it at barbecues, parades and for rental income to other organizations. The Baraboo Lions Club in Wisconsin sponsored its annual Strides against Diabetes Fun Walk and Run. More than 100 people participated. More than $2,100 was raised to fund community diabetes awareness and screening programs. The Alpena Lions Club sponsored its first blood drive in its Michigan community. Lion Richard Reiley of the Bozeman Lions Club in Montana shows off just one month’s collection of eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones collected by his club. Lions have distributed collection boxes at senior centers, thrift stores and churches throughout the Gallatin Valley to increase donations and awareness of Lions. Approximately 400 glasses are collected each month by Reiley, club recycling chairman, who adds that about 40 hearing aids a year are also donated. Approximately 20 cell phones are donated to the club, which sells them to a recycling business to fund community service activities. The Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club in Pennsylvania filled 221 boxes with gifts and necessities for children living in extreme poverty overseas. The boxes are filled with different items including toiletries, toys, activity books and art supplies and delivered by Samaritan’s Purse. The Long Lake Lions Club in New York sponsored its annual calendar sale with a new twist. For the first time, Lions featured the photos by students in a digital photography class. The 2015 calendar raised $1,300. Among its many projects, the 18-member club buys seeds for a community garden, donates to the Long Lake Rescue Squad and provides eyeglasses and exams to community members. Salem Lions in Illinois gave $500 to the Salem Township Hospital Foundation for its building fund. The Windom Lions Club in Minnesota raised $2,500 by sponsoring a “Cow Pie Bingo” event during the community’s Riverfest celebration. The Cold Spring Lions Club in Minnesota donated a bicycle to the Cold Spring-Richmond police department. The special bike emblazoned with “Police” on it will be used by officers to patrol the numerous bike trails that run through the community as well as the streets. Golden Lions in Colorado gave three $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors. Olivet Lions in Michigan sponsored their 16th annual car and truck show, drawing hundreds of participants. They awarded trophies in multiple classes to vehicle owners and distributed more than $3,000 in prizes. Rome Lions in New York gave a total of $11,500 to three area organizations that help people in need and the environment. Cabot Lions in Arkansas sponsored a clothing, backpack and suitcase drive to collect items for children in the foster care system. Liberty Lions in North Carolina, who’d hoped to raise $2,600 with their first walk to raise funds for diabetes awareness and research, doubled their efforts by raising $5,000. Hundreds of people participated in the walk, after which many were able to receive free screenings provided by Cannon Hospital, whose CEO also walked in the event. “Our whole community came together,” says Lion Lisa Carpenter. Marching were Lions, police, Cub Scouts, members of the Liberty High School ROTC and church and school groups. In addition to supporting diabetes awareness, Liberty Lions provide SPOT screening for children, donate funds to the Storm Eye Institute pediatric waiting room and give citizenship awards to high school students among their service activities. The Meadville Lions Club in Pennsylvania donated a “myGaze” device to a school district’s teachers of visually impaired students. Teacher Amy Lippert uses the state-of-the-art device to track a student’s gaze. It then plays back live video of eye gaze behavior to help determine what is actually being seen and processed. “This device is a gamechanger,” says Lion Judy Shumaker. Lions have donated several gifts to help the district’s disabled students who attend special classes. Among items donated by the 92-year-old club are three iPads, an adaptable tricycle, a portable light box, illuminated toys and an Amish-made rope for visually impaired students to use as a guiding device during gym activities. 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