The Greene Township Lions in Pennsylvania presented seven $1,000 scholarships to students in the Wattsburg area school district. The funds came from the club’s raffle and donations from other community organizations. Lions in Maryland erected a sign recognizing the five years of service provided by the South Carroll Lioness Club, 26 years of service by its predecessor, the Freedom District Lioness Club, and the nearly 70 years of service by the Freedom District Lions Club. Among the projects the clubs take on: conducting preschool vision screenings, adopting state highways, maintaining and lending medical equipment to those in need and visiting residents in an assisted living home. The Scandia-Marine Lions Club of Minnesota awarded 24 $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors, and have partnered with a nearby college to fund a $1,000 scholarship for a returning veteran. The St. Joseph Y2K Lions Club in Minnesota teamed up with the St. Joseph Lions and other local organizations to host a local heroes appreciation picnic. Twenty-four local businesses supported their picnic honoring police officers, first responders, volunteer fire fighters and the sheriff’s department. The Wild Rose Lions in Wisconsin built a deck and ramp for disabled Lion Larry Korinek. Members of the Buchans Lions Club in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, visited with their 86-year-old fellow Lion Tom West Sr., who has Alzheimer’s disease. He has been a Lion since 1974. “It kind of brings him back, and that’s important,” said one of West’s sons. “The more we can get him back, the better it is for us.” The West Brownsville Lions Club is located “On the Border, By the Sea,” at the southern-most tip of Texas. Formed in 1948, it celebrated 68 years of service to disabled and lowincome children who need eye exams or have asthma. They raise funds for the Lions Camp for Crippled Children and are proud of their chicken-sausage plate fundraiser. The Pasadena Lions Club of Texas donated two photo screeners to the school district, allowing school nurses to complete vision screenings for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and special education students. The photo screeners reduce the time it takes to screen a student, and do it with increased accuracy. Chartered 65 years ago, the North Pocono Minisink Lions Club in Pennsylvania assists citizens with everything from vision and clothing needs to reading programs, scholarships for high school graduates and bulletproof vests for police officers. For 24 years they have also treated their community to fireworks on the Fourth of July. In Alberta, Canada, the Devon Lions are participating in the Lions Legacy program by purchasing and erecting an LED sign that will publicize events for all nonprofit groups in the area. The Washington Lions helped Santa provide cheer to kids of all ages in Pennsylvania but they did not forget Obie, the only working K-9 in the county. Obie, a 2-year-old black Labrador, was given a bulletproof vest. He is trained to detect explosives, has cleared bomb threats and searched for suspects and missing people. Murray Lions in Kentucky participated in the Bill Wells Make a Difference Day, helping residents responsibly dispose of and recycle unwanted items. The Basye/Bryce Mountain Lions in Virginia gave away food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and also donated $1,000 to the Free Health Clinic to fund a program that provides shingles and pneumonia shots for the needy. Natoma Lions of Kansas flip flapjacks on a giant griddle, serving the community with a smile at their annual Saturday night Pancake Supper in the community center. Pancakes, sausage and eggs for dinner fund the club’s efforts to help restore sight, provide disaster relief, support youth and address the needs of the community. The Lions are (from left) Gail Griffin, Cody Dunlap, Rick Dunlap, Terry Tucker and Aaron Homburg. Photo by Lion Laah Tucker The Sun City-Okatie Lions in South Carolina screened 9,089 students in 2016 using Plus Optix equipment that the club purchased. They look forward to topping that number in 2017. Port Jefferson Lions in New York filled 300 grocery bags with food and delivered them to 100 families in need after Thanksgiving, then provided Christmas gifts and a party for 50 children who live in shelters. Members of the Sparta Lions in Illinois collected and sorted discarded Christmas lights during the town’s monthly recycling drive. The Russellville Lions began conducting vision screenings of preschool children in Arkansas in 2002. Every year the number of people screened has grown, but since they raised funds to purchase a mobile trailer for screenings, the number of people screened in the Arkansas River Valley grew to 2,405 in 2016. The Albuquerque North East Lions Club in New Mexico adopted a family for Christmas 2016, presenting a mother and her sons with gifts and household items. The Pocono Lions in Pennsylvania sponsored their second annual Wreaths for Veterans ceremony, inviting community members to place wreaths on the graves of veterans. Louisville East Lions in Kentucky donated $1,000 to LCIF, designated for disaster relief, and to honor charter member Don Franklin as a Melvin Jones Fellow. Franklin served as club treasurer for 19 years before losing his sight. The Town of Wheatfield Lions in New York dedicated their new kitchen and appliances, enhancing their facilities at Five Senses Park. They will continue to hold their free senior citizen pancake breakfast, summer picnic for the blind, Niagara- area joint Lions Club annual steak dinner and more. Patrons with hearing aids can now enjoy local performing arts in Indiana, thanks to the Elkhart Lions. The club provided $10,000, half the cost of improving the theater’s audio system, to enhance the experience for those with hearing aid devices. The new system filters background noises and sends sound through the public address system directly to patrons’ hearing aids. Tunkhannock Lions in Pennsylvania hosted their 2016 Christmas party and toy drive, collecting more than 75 toys and donated them to Interfaith Friends. Interfaith Friends provided gifts for children of financially challenged families in Wyoming County and runs a thrift shop. Since October of 2011, Stephenville Lions Club has been the home of the monthly Community Café in Newfoundland, Canada. More than 7,500 hot meals have been served to help fight homelessness and hunger. All ages enjoy the books during Everett Central’s Reading Carnival at the Everett Imagine Children’s Museum in Washington. Twice each year more than 500 children and their parents celebrate with free books from the Lions Giving Library. They play reading carnival games and take part in vision and hearing screenings provided by Lions. Photo by Lion Art Ruben Colonel Crawford Lions of Ohio collected more than 3,000 pairs of used eyeglasses in 2015, more than 3,400 pairs in 2016, and through February of this year, more than 750 pairs. That comes to a grand total of 7,000-plus eyeglasses in 26 months. Sedalia Lions in Missouri borrowed an idea for a Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) project from the Grand Junction Colorado Lions Club in Colorado. Thirty-nine Sedalia members were each given two $50 bills to perform RAK throughout the community over the holidays. Members then shared their stories, and it was recommended that they carry out the project again this year. For the 15th year, the Livingston Lions in Texas gave away 200 Christmas trees to families that could not afford one. More than 30 local businesses donated to the project. Jarvis Lions of Ontario, Canada, held their 64th annual variety show, “Saturday Night Alive,” based on the music and comedy of the “Saturday Night Live” TV show. During intermission, wives and friends of the Lions sold homemade candy, netting a $4,000 profit that was put toward the cost of a new fully-accessible walking trail with solar lighting and benches around the Jarvis Lions Ball Park. The Rockwall Children’s Advocacy Center received a check for $10,750 from the Rockwall Lions in Texas. Money was raised through ticket sales and sponsorships for their community fish fry fundraiser. Filipino Company Lions in California raised $10,000 for the Food-4- Kids-Backback Program at Kimball Elementary School in National City where there are a large number of indigent schoolchildren. The project is run through the San Diego Food Bank and provides children with not only meals during school but also a backpack full of nutritious food to take home for the weekend throughout the school year. Sarasota Lions in Florida offer free diabetes and vision screenings as well as support local charitable groups. They recently inducted three new members.
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