Rostraver Lions in West Virginia filled a school bus with more than 65 boxes of school supplies for students and teachers affected by devastating floods in Clay County, one of the state’s poorest areas. More than 178 homes were declared uninhabitable, forcing families to live in tents, and six schools were severely damaged. In Minnesota, the Deerwood Lakes Lions have taken on a variety of projects including a soup kitchen for the needy, playing bingo with Alzheimer’s patients, preparing lunches for children on school vacation, establishing a Little Free Library for the community, picking up trash along two miles of highway, giving out scholarships and arranging a rummage sale and health fair. Curtiss Lions in Wisconsin have made multiple donations for scholarships, for the purchase of bicycles given out in the community and for district projects. Through bratwurst frys, they raised $2,200 that was donated to the police department for purchase of a police dog. The Gilbert Lions Club of Arizona screened more than 4,100 children and teachers in a two-week period at Gilbert schools. In Texas, the Brazoria Lion’s annual gun raffle always hits the mark. A popular event, the $20 raffle tickets are consistently sold out. Lions sell 3,500 raffle tickets, which include a free barbecue sandwich lunch, for a chance to win a gun and a fourwheeler. The Shell Lake & District Lions Club in rural Saskatchewan where 21 of the citizens are Lions, donated $20,000 to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide Program, which provides dog guides at no cost to needy recipients. This was the club’s third and largest donation to the program. The Neosho Rapids Lions in Kansas have sponsored a haunted house and a one-hour hayrack ride for 25 years. A canned food collection helps those in need. Members of the Jonesboro University Heights Lions Club in Arkansas got a pleasant surprise when two Lions from England joined their weekly morning meeting. The visiting Lions from the Uttoxeter Lions Club shared information about their club and thanked the local Lions for selecting “God Save the Queen” as their weekly opening song. Singapore Bedok Lions in Singapore continue their project to help orphans and vulnerable children from a children’s home in Yangon, Myanmar. Most recently, they brought the orphans to Singapore for a concert performance. The Troy Lions Club in Ohio has 28 preschools on their schedule for vision screenings. They trained college students in an early childhood development class to be vision screeners, and the class obtained practical experience screening the vision of 19 children ages 3 to 5. In 1947, the Weatherford Noon Lions in Texas produced the first Parker County Professional Rodeo. The rodeo was taken over by another group, but Lions stayed involved. Since 1950, club members have run the rodeo concession stand, cooking burgers and macho nachos with a pile of jalapenos. They also support the county’s youth livestock show. Spokane Central Lions in Washington have raised more than $500,000 in the last five years, donating to a children’s diabetes camp, Girl Scout camp and other camps, supporting high school seniors and nursing students with scholarships, and performing more than 2,000 hearing screenings for preschoolers. The Stow Lions in Maine hold a “golf ball drop” each year in conjunction with their fall flea market. A local tree expert takes a basket with up to 300 balls high up and dumps them toward a regulation golf cup below. The closest to the hole or in the hole wins $1,000. Each ball costs $10. They recently sold 272 chances, and two winners received $500 each. Boise Bench Lions in Idaho donated $20,000 to the Idaho Eastern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. The funds were raised at their golf tournament in Nevada. With the support of Lions Multiple District 35 of Florida and the Bahamas, as well as Lions Club International Foundation, Southeastern Guide Dogs officially opened its Barpal-Hirst Student Center, a dogand people-friendly place to serve its students. Southeastern Guide Dogs has partnered 3,000 people with service dogs, placing more than 100 dogs each year into careers to assist those with visual impairments and veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Knowlton Lions in Canada contributed $1,500 to the Pettes Memorial Library established in 1894. It is the oldest free rural library in Quebec. In 2013, when tornadoes ravaged Oklahoma, the Chester Lions united their community to Stuff- A-Truck with supplies. They did it again for those whose homes were devastated by floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A generous community responded, and the Lions filled a truck with needed items totaling 2,000 pounds. The Lebanon Lions Club in Kentucky donated $2,000 to the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard, contributing to the purchase of a new 24-passenger bus used to transport members to military funerals in Marion and surrounding counties.
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