The Miami Springs Lions in Florida won their city’s “Yard of the Month” award generally given to homeowners. The Lions renovated their building and the grounds. Lion Roger Larabie was presented with the International Life Member award at a meeting of the Arnprior Lions in Ontario, Canada. In Washington, the Lions of District 19 I stepped up to help the Sequim Valley Lions build six memorial benches for the Captain Joseph House, a retreat for Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one in combat since 9/11. The Jackson Lions Club in California entertained thousands at their annual Third of July Celebration with bingo, raffles, races, a watermelon eating contest and fireworks. They also purchased radios to improve communication at club events and supported the elementary school’s Jog-AThon to expand the school’s art program. Assisted by Lions from District 5M 8, the Southside Lions of Minnesota built a playground for children with special needs. Selah Valley Lions in Washington put a new spin on an old fundraiser. They hosted a 5K Glow Run with an 8 p.m. start time and handed out T-shirts and glow sticks to participants. Ocala Lions in Florida established the Ocala West Port Leo Club. They also used funds from White Cane Day to provide clothing and gifts to needy families. For the National Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive, the McKeesport Lions in Pennsylvania assisted letter carriers by picking up bags from residents and delivering the donated items to the post office. The food was given to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. North Summit Lions in Ohio sponsor the new Safety Town facility where children are taught good safety practices while driving small “cars” through a miniature town. District 7 O Lions in Arkansas helped flood victims by distributing personal health and safety items. They also received an emergency $10,000 grant from LCIF to provide further assistance. In Texas, the League Noon Lions hosted the Texas Music Festival Lions and gave special needs children a field trip that included carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and a free lunch. Wild Rose Lions in Wisconsin awarded $500 grants to four Boy Scouts to help pay for their trip to the National Boy Scout Jamboree. The Hampstead Lions in North Carolina collected and donated 288 food items for Share The Table, which provides children a backpack full of food to take home for the weekend throughout the school year. Hampstead Lions also had their first Mother’s Day plant sale, and it was so successful that they intend to do it again next spring. In Georgia, the Oglethorpe County Lions sold and gave away pastries at the annual Winterville Marigold Festival. More than 100 people stopped by the Lions’ booth to buy pastries and inquire about Lions. With the help of the Madoc Lions, the Stirling and District Lions in Ontario, Canada, performed vision and hearing screenings at the Stirling Public School with equipment shared throughout District A 3. The Crossville and Fairfield Glade Lions Clubs in Tennessee sponsored the Second Annual Strides Walk to help fight diabetes, netting $7,000 to send six students to the Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children and to support the American Diabetes Association. In Arizona, the Chandler Lions Club attended the Si Se Puede Foundation’s 17th annual Cesar E. Chavez Educator of the Year Awards. Lions Ruth ”Jon” Wick and Ron Wick were given the Community Advocates of the Year award for living the Lion motto: “We Serve.” Six clubs in District 5M 11—Grunthal, Lac Du Bonnet, West St. Paul, Winnipeg Riverside, Winnipeg West and Winnipeg South—joined forces to host the Manitoba Walk for Dog Guides. The Staunton Lions Club and Woodrow Wilson Lions and Lionesses in Virginia worked together to build a gazebo as a resting place along a pathway that connects a rehabilitation center with businesses, neighborhoods and the local hospital. Legazpi City Host Lions in the Philippines selected their ninth scholar to take technical courses that will help him find employment. The club pays tuition, room and board, transportation and other expenses until the scholar graduates. The Arcadia Centennial Lions Club in Florida joined with the Arcadia Elks to place an entry in the Independence Day Parade, and they are working together in community service. The club was chartered on the 100th anniversary of LCI. In Massachusetts, the Agawam Lions celebrated the centennial by building a “Tot Lot” playground that has become the destination for many families in Agawam and surrounding communities. The Ramsey Lions Club in Illinois put up a $25,000 electronic sign to advertise community functions. The first message advertised the club’s 54th annual Community Sale. The Freedom District Lions in Maryland sold 7,660 pounds of onions during their 24th annual Vidalia Onion Sale. The Springfield Lions in Pennsylvania received first place in the used eyeglasses turn-in contest at the District 14 A convention. A total of 41,287 eyeglasses were collected and delivered to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in New Jersey. The top three clubs submitting glasses were Springfield, Audubon-Oaks and Lansdale. In North Carolina, the Rutherford College Lions netted more than $8,500 in profit from their annual Ham Day fundraiser. Profits support a scholarship fund, a local cancer victim, the North Carolina Lions, Inc. and Camp Dogwood. President Guv Anand of the Highland Park/Highwood Lions Club in Illinois was chosen as grand marshal for the town’s Fourth of July parade. The parade theme was community service. The Bellbrook Lions in Ohio celebrated their 70th year with a dinner and a slide show highlighting the early history of the club. Dick Bryan Fellowship awards were presented to Lion Allan Huffman and Lion Steve Morgan. Port Jefferson Lions in New York collected more than 4,800 eyeglasses to send overseas. The Houston Northwest Lions in Texas celebrated the collection of 1,500 units of blood through its Blood Bounty program. The club awards sponsoring high school organizations $500 if they hold four or more blood drives each year. They encourage other clubs to do the same. Lions in Virginia dedicated the new pavilion at the Northern Virginia Lions Youth Camp to Past International Director Wayne E. Davis and his wife, Lion Marge Davis, both deceased. Laporte-Benedict Lions in Minnesota donated $2,400 to the Laporte Public School teachers, giving each teacher $100 to spend as they deemed fit to help students continue to achieve and succeed. Lions Clubs of Fairhaven in Massachusetts spent National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day with residents at the Atria Assisted Living. Together they made 124 PB & J sandwiches that were donated to Mercy Meals & More, a nonprofit program that provides a nutritious beginning to the day for neighbors in need. More than 2,000 spectators in Texas enjoyed the Spring Branch-Bulverde Lions Club’s fourth annual car show, “Roar for Kids,” featuring 165-plus vehicles. The proceeds of $14,000 will send disabled or severely burned youngsters to Texas Lions Camp, support St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada and help fund Bulverde’s Day of Service in the community park. The Lions Club of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, donated 5,837 eyeglasses at the District 14 K convention, the most collected in club history. The club also donated $12,200 to purchase and train a new dog for the Emmaus Police Department. Ronny, a Belgian Malinois, replaces retiring Zandor. Since 1990, the club has raised more than $70,000 for the K-9 program. Ten members of the St. Charles First Capitol Lions in Missouri completed their certification in Community Emergency Response Training. McKinney Morning Pride Lions of Texas opened a little free pantry outside a local café. The pantry will be filled every month, offering free food staples and personal products. The Brookfield Lions in Connecticut responded well when Lion Cathy Nielson asked them to knit at least 100 hats for the homeless in recognition of the Lions’ centennial. Club members gave more than 130 knitted hats, gloves and scarves. Hawthorn Lions in Pennsylvania made a surprise visit to one of their own. Members visited with Lion Frank Hilliard, who has been a Lion for 51 years and is no longer able to attend meetings. In Florida, the Sun City Center Lions donated to My Warrior’s Place to pay for the cost of a ramp for a new house being built. My Warrior’s Place is a retreat center for veterans, members of the U.S. military, first responders and Gold Star, Blue Star and Silver Star families. The Howards Grove Lions in Wisconsin donated $3,744 to the fire department to purchase a system that will allow firefighters to refill their air tanks efficiently and safely regardless of the size of the tanks. South Cobb Lions in Georgia received the National Community Improvement Award from Keep America Beautiful for their litter cleanup efforts. Hudson Lions in New York went to a Ronald McDonald House and cooked a meal for more than 35 people, using club funds, local donations and a Lion’s popular recipe for Honolulu chicken with rice. Bensalem Lion Al Minguez in Pennsylvania donated more than $12,000 in crafts and sewing notions, sewing machines and handcrafted jewelry to the Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Long Lake Lions in New York earn money by selling calendars featuring photographs from the area, by serving food at summer events and sponsoring vintage snowmobile races. Proceeds support the purchase of eye exams and glasses, soccer cleats for elementary school students, holiday gifts for children and donations to community cleanup efforts. In North Carolina, the Shallotte Lions conducted vision screenings at five Brunswick County schools with the help of the N.C. Lions Mobile Screen unit. Of the 823 students screened, 15 percent were referred for a follow-up appointment. Border Lions in Texas sponsored the Miss Tri City Scholarship Pageant, awarding more than $1,000 in scholarships to young women. Murray Lions in Kentucky are funding the second phase of Murray Lions Community Skate Park, one of the most used year-round, lighted facilities in Murray’s Central Park. Westborough Lions in Massachusetts hosted a tennis tournament in honor of their town’s 300th founding celebration. The club netted more than $2,400 from sponsorships, entry fees, raffle proceeds and refreshments. The Sarasota Lions in Florida formed a Leo club for youth ages 12 to 18: the Sarasota Auxilias Leo Club. The Willoughby Evening Lions and Willoughby Lions clubs in Ohio co-sponsored the GOOD—Going On or Defeated—program at two elementary schools for the 20th year. GOOD, in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, shines a spotlight on students who work hard, exhibit good citizenship and good personal and study habits. The Royston-Cumberland Lions and Comox Valley Lions in British Columbia, Canada, with the help of Cumberland organizations, raised $6,300 to purchase an insulin pump for a resident with diabetes. Seventy-seven children registered for the Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by the Fall Lions in Pennsylvania. Many of the children caught more than 15 fish including bass, crappy, bluegill and perch. One child caught 21.
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