In Pennsylvania, the Bellefonte Lions’ biggest fundraiser is their semi-annual Rib Roast, and year after year, Robert Schaeffer leads the club in pre-sale dinner tickets. Schaeffer, an active Lion for 68 years, rarely misses a meeting, a fundraiser or a function. Members estimate he has attended more than 2,000 Lions meetings. Basye/Bryce Mountain Lions in Virginia donated $1,000 to the local Free Health Clinic to start a program that will insure the clinic has a continuous supply of pneumonia and shingles vaccines for patients in need. The Whitehall Lions in Pennsylvania, with the help of other organizations and businesses, purchased an electronic reader to aid the visually impaired at the Whitehall Township Public Library. The Lions sponsor two Leo clubs and helped with a church-sponsored dinner for the Whitehall Hunger Initiative. The Brookfield Lions in Connecticut have distributed more than 1,500 medical alert bottles in their community. A medical information form—blue for male and pink for female—is filled out and put inside the bottle. A sign at the front door tells emergency personnel that a medical alert bottle is in the refrigerator. It provides contact information, a list of medications taken and preferred hospital, saving time and confusion during an emergency. For five years, the McKeesport Lions in Pennsylvania have assisted American Legion Posts 361 and 666 as well as the AMVETS Post 8 in placing more than 3,000 flags on veterans’ graves in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. The club also sponsors Wreaths Across America. The Holgate Lions in Ohio donated $700 to Ohio Proud Kansas Strong, an effort in northwest Ohio to send hay to those affected by wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The club also donated $1,000 to the Kansas Lions Foundation. Sarasota Lion Margaret Alletson received the Frist Humanitarian Award presented by Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota, Florida. The Lions are active in diabetes screening and providing vision screenings for more than 600 children. Oglethorpe Lions in Georgia partnered with FATZ Café in Athens to serve pancakes and sausages, benefiting the club’s “Short Stacks for Big Change” fundraiser. Willapa Harbor Lions in Washington hosted an open house to introduce Lionism to their community. They advertised the event with fliers, and asked members to bring a guest to the event. Ten newcomers joined the club. In North Carolina, the Mocksville Lions used the North Carolina Lion’s Vision Van to conduct 50 eye and hearing screenings. Optometrists helped, and high school students served as translators. The South Tucson Lions Vision Screening Team in Arizona screened 22,500 children. Eight state-certified volunteer screeners completed the task with almost 2,000 hours of volunteer service. Their goal for next year is 30,000 children. They also provided 200 children with exams and eyeglasses. The Mansfield Lions in Pennsylvania honored member William Bradshaw with the Lions-PA Counselors Distinguished Service Award for his 69 years of service to Lions and the community. Waseca Lions in Minnesota collected almost 1,000 used eyeglasses, gave 250 dictionaries to third-graders, helped distribute 1,000 free books to school children and raised about $2,000 at their annual pancake breakfast for local and worldwide causes. The Lehr Lions in North Dakota honored Lion Minnie Kranzler on her 108th birthday.Pennsylvania,
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