Service Old and New Lions serve communities in expected and unexpected ways. We rank 10 projects from the most traditional to the newfangled. FROM TRADITIONAL TO NEWFANGLED Knights We Know Bradenton Lions in Florida did vision screenings in one year for more than 4,200 children including 157 with special needs. The Idaho/East Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation recycled nearly 42,000 eyeglasses in a year. Time-tested Service Shawneetown Lions in Illinois picked up trash along a main road. Hayward Lions in Wisconsin served brats to hungry residents including a few folks just in need of the company of others. Picnics and PoniesNEWFANGLED Grand Island Lions in New York held a picnic for 1,000 children with special needs; the day included pony and boat rides, face painting and lunch. Penn Trafford Leos attending the District 14 E convention in Pennsylvania made blankets for homeless shelters. Elvis has not left the Building Elvis (known to some as Lion Darryl Peebles) entertained at a 1950s dinner-dance of the Graham Branch Lions in North Carolina. The proceeds enabled Lions to pay for a similar event for the blind. Whiting Lions in Indiana contributed to Superhero Day by sponsoring a “Strongman” ring-the-bell contest. Nakedly Good Service Redwood Falls Lions in Minnesota held a Nearly Naked 5K. Runners wore extra layers to the race and then shed them prior to running. The clothes went to thrift stores. Gananoque Lions in Ontario, Canada, plan to make a local beach— just the second in the world besides one in Greece—accessible to people in wheelchairs. The ramps, pathways and railings will cost about CAN$37,000 (US$28,000).
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